Travel Information for Philippines
Time zone:GMT +8 (Philippines standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, Filipino
Other languages:Bicol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Pampango, Pangasinan, Tagalog, Waray
Currency: Philippine pesos (PHP)

1 = 52.05, $1 = 46.65, £1 = 62.04

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.phInternational Dialling Code:    63

For help planning your trip to Philippines including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Philippines trip planning page.

Further information on Philippines

Discover more about Philippines - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of philippines

Total area: 300,000 sq km (1,830 sq km under water)

Coastline: 36,289 km (Philippines Sea, South China Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Climate: Tropical marine climate with a northeast monsoon from November to April and a southwest monsoon from May to October. Experiences several typhoons and cyclonic storms every year.

Highest mountain: Mount Apo (2,954m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Philippines from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 53/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 76/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 139/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 85/174
Overall Ranking:    88/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of the Philippines     Status: Independent Country

Population: 107,668,231 (rank: 12/196)     Density: 358.8 people/sq km (rank: 23/196)

Ethnic groups: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3% (2000 census)

Religions: Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census)

GDP (PPP): $454.3 billion       GDP per capita: $4,700 (rank: 136/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.