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Official language
Filipino 90%, English10%


T-Index ranks countries according to their potential for online sales.

Foreign languages
Chinese (various types), Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, Malay, Tamil and Korean

High proficiency (EF) – 22 of 111 countries/regions in the world- 2/24 position in Asia.


Capital: Manila
Currency: Philippine peso
Population: 113,88 m
Population density: 376/km2


GDP: 394.09 billion USD (2021)
GDP per capita:  3,460.5 USD ‎(2021)‎
Exports: $79.5 billion (2020)


Internet users: 68% penetration, 76.01 million 
Unemployment rate: 3.4% (2021)
Urbanisation: 46.91% (2018)
Literacy: 98.2% (2018)


Numbering system
Arabic numbering system and point as decimal separator

Date format:  mm-dd-yyyy / dd-mm-yyyy 
Time: 12h time system
Country code: 0063

Language data sources: Worldatlas/Britannica//EF/Wikipedia; Demography data sources: IMF/Worldometers; Conventions data source: Wikipedia; Economy data sources: WTO/OEC/CIA/Esomar/Datareportal; Statistics data sources: Datareportal/WorldBank/UN/UNESCO/CEIC/IMF/Culturalatlas/Commisceoglobal

Facts and data


$108 billion (2020).  Integrated Circuits ($12.3B), Refined Petroleum ($5.61B), Broadcasting Equipment ($2.89B), Office Machine Parts ($2.45B), and Cars ($2.16B), importing mostly from China ($34.5B), Japan ($8.21B), South Korea ($7.31B), United States ($6.84B), and Indonesia ($6.34B).

Financial inclusion factors (over 15 years of  age)
• 32% have an account with a financial institution
• 1.9% have a credit card
• 4.5% have a mobile money account
• 9.9% make online purchases

Ease of doing business
It is moderately easy to conduct business (rated 62.8 out of 100) Ranked 11th out of 25 East Asian countries, and 95th worldwide out of 190 countries (2022, World Bank).

$79.5 billion (2020). Integrated Circuits ($22.6B), Office Machine Parts ($9.32B), Electrical Transformers ($2.36B), Insulated Wire ($2.32B), and Semiconductor Devices ($2.18B), exporting mostly to China ($12.9B), United States ($10.7B), Japan ($10.3B), Hong Kong ($10B), and Singapore ($6.28B).

Main local online stores
Lazada, OLX Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Zalora, Metrodeal, Ensogo, Ebay, Lamudi, Carmudi, Autodeal, Zipmatch.

Economic freedom
‘Moderately free’ (61.1 out of 100) ranked 15th out of 45 countries in Asia Pacific ranked 80th worldwide out of 186 countries (2022, Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal)

Global Innovation Index

Ranked 11th out of South East Asian, East
Asian, and Oceanian countries, 59th out of 132 worldwide.

The Global Innovation Index captures the innovation
ecosystem performance of 132 economies and tracks the most recent global innovation trends.

Economy data sources: WTO/OEC/CIA/Esomar/Datar

Service imports (2018)

Source: OEC

Service export (2018)

Source: OEC

Most complex products by PCI

Product Complexity Index measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters

Source: OEC

Most specialised products by RCA Index

Specialisation is measured using Revealed Comparative Advantage, an index that takes the ratio between Philippines observed and expected exports in each product

Source: OEC

Export Opportunities by Relatedness

Relatedness measures the distance between a country's current exports and each product, the barchart show only products that Philippines is not specialized in

Source: OEC

Preferred payment methods in the Philippines in 2019

Source: OEC



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Media language

Filipino, English

Information channels
Powerful commercial interests control or influence much of the media. The lively TV scene is dominated by free-to-air networks ABS-CBN and GMA.  A number of Manila-based networks broadcast in local languages. Cable TV has extensive reach. Films, comedies and entertainment shows attract the largest audiences. There are hundreds of radio stations. Manila Broadcasting Company is a leading network. The private press is vigorous, comprising hundreds of newspaper titles. The most popular are Filipino-language tabloids, which can be prone to sensationalism. Press freedom is guaranteed under the constitution. Government censorship is not a serious problem, but the Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, says US-based Freedom House. “Private militias, often hired by local politicians, silence journalists with complete impunity,” says Reporters Without Borders.

There is no systematic censorship of online content, says Freedom House.

The press

Philippine Star – daily
The Daily Tribune – daily
Philippine Daily Inquirer – daily
Malaya Business Insight – daily
Manila Bulletin – daily
Manila Times – daily
Business World – daily


ABS-CBN – commercial
GMA Network – commercial
ETC – commercial
People’s Television – government-owned


ABS-CBN – operates stations nationally
GMA Network – operates stations nationally
Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) – operates stations nationally
Radio Mindanao Network – operates more than 50 stations nationwide
Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) – government-run, operates 31 stations nationwide with emphasis on news, public affairs

News agency

Philippines News Agency – government-run

Media data source: BBC

Internet Data

Internet users
68% penetration, 76.01 million

Share of web traffic by device
51.06% mobile phones, 47.14% computers (laptops and desktops), 1.79% tablet devices, others 0.01%

Median speed of mobile Internet connection
18.68 mbps

Median speed of fixed Internet connection
46.44 mbps

Mobile connection as a percentage of total population: 140%

Percentage of mobile connections that are broadband (3G-5G): 96.5%

Most popular web search engines
Google (94.83%), Bing (2.85%), Yahoo (1.26%), Petal Search (0.75%), Ecosia (0.24%), DuckduckGo (0.1%)

Most used social media
Facebook (85.29%), Twitter (4.63%), YouTube (4.02%), Instagram (3.11%), Pinterest (1.61%), Reddit (0.93%)

Internet data sources: Datareportal/Statcounter

Social statistics

Life expectancy
65.87 yrs (2017)

Healthcare expenditure
4.08% of GDP

Average age of the population
25.7 yrs (2020) 

The Philippines are a matriarchal society. Women occupy high positions in society, politics, academia, and the professions. The Philippines have had two lady Presidents. Strong Philippine NGOs led by women have played dominant roles. While there is gender equality in the Philippines, there is a great appreciation for gentlemanly manners and etiquette.

Based on income and wealth, Filipinos can generally be classified into the upper class, middle class, and lower class.  While the very rich or upper class comprise a very small percentage of the population, they own or earn the majority of the wealth of the country.  The majority of the population is in the lower class and they own or earn very little of the country’s wealth. A sizable amount of Filipinos employed overseas are able to sustain their family through overseas remittance.

The Philippines is predominantly Roman Catholic. Other religions include Islam, Protestantism, Aglipay, the Church of Christ, and Buddhism.  There are Catholic Chapels and Mosques in the shopping malls. The Filipinos observe holidays during the holy week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday), All Saints Day (November 1), and Christmas. During those times, people are involved in church activities and family life with work and business essentially coming to a halt. 

The Philippines is one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world. With 7,107 islands; about eleven languages and eighty-seven dialects are spoken in the Philippines. There are strong ties for people of the same ethnic groups. There are also varied pockets of indigenous populations in remote hilly and mountain areas.

Social statistics sources: WorldBank/UN/UNESCO/CEIC/IMF

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