The Philippines Factfile

  • Location: southeastern Asia; an archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam
  • Area: 300,000 square km (NZ: 268,680 square km)
  • Make-up: 7,107 islands
  • Religious groups: Roman Catholic 80.6%, Evangelical 2.7%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.5%, other Christian 4.5%, Muslim 5.6%, others 3.8%, unspecified 0.2%, none 0.1%
  • Population: 102,700,069 (2016 estimate)
  • Life expectancy: male, 68.72yrs (NZ, 80.2yrs); female, 74.74yrs (NZ, 84yrs)
  • Major infectious diseases: food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever; water contact disease: leptospirosis; vectorborne diseases: Japanese encephalitis, dengue fever & malaria are high risk in some locations; animal contact disease: rabies
  • About 45% of the 102,700,069 people living in the Philippines live on less than US$2/day!
  • Almost 4 million people nationwide are classed as living in severe hunger!

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