Population: 84.6 million (2003 estimate)
Area:300,000 sq. km (116,000 sq. miles) but 95 percent of this is formed by the 11 larger islands, on which 95 percent of the people live.
Government:Presidential Republic, with a constitution modelled on Spanish and Anglo-American laws. The executive president is elected for a six-year term.
Language: Pilipino and English, and at least 110 other dialects/languages are spoken.
Religion:Christian, with a small percentage of Muslims and Buddhists.
Time Zone:GMT +8 hours; EST +13 hours, adjusted to daylight savings time in summer
Currency:Peso (P), composed of 100 centavos; and peso notes available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000.
Electricity:220 volts (though many outlying areas have only 100 volts)
Weights and Measures: Metric
International Dialling Code: 63