|Population growth rate
||23.70 births per 1,000 residents
|Overall life expectancy
|Men life expectancy
|Women life expectancy
|65 years and above
||1.00 M / F
||363.94 residents per km²
|Quezon City 2,936,116, Manila 1,780,148 (A
23.4 million), Caloocan 1,583,978, Davao 1,325,168, Cebu 922,611, Taguig
804,915, Antipolo 776,386, Pasig 755,300, Zamboanga 695,176, Cagayan de
Oro 675.950, Parañaque 665.822, Dasmariñas 659.019, Valenzuela 620.422,
Bacoor 600.609, Las Piñas 588.894, Makati 582.602, San Jose Del Monte
574.089, Bacolod 561.875, Muntinlupa 504.99loiloilo 447amba2.34
|40% Young Malay (Bisayas, Tagalen, Bicol, Ilokano), 30%
Indonesian and Polynesian, 10% Old Malay (Igoroten and others) and
Negritos (Aëta), 10% Chinese, 5% Indian
|Catholics (Roman Catholic) 83%, Protestants 9%, Muslims
5%, Buddhists and other 3%
|Human Development Index (HDI)
People in Philippines
More than 110 million people live in the Philippines.
That is 27 million more than in Germany and the
population continues to grow, much faster than here. The
residents are called Filipinos.
More young than old Filipinos
35 percent of Filipinos are younger than 14 years.
There are many more children in the Philippines than
here. It's not just because Filipinos are so
kid-friendly. Children also serve as a pension for the
parents here. In countries where there are no state
pensions, people depend on someone to look after them in
old age. That is why there are six children in the
average Filipino family. Families with ten children are
not uncommon. Imagine if you still had nine siblings,
something would definitely be going on at home!
Are the people there poor?
Poverty is distributed differently across the
Philippines. Poverty in rural areas is more pronounced
than in the city. The poorest province is in the Muslim
part of the Philippines (Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao, ARMM). The poverty in this region is one of
the reasons why the peace negotiations between the
government and the Muslim insurgents have not yet been
successful. You can read more about this in the history
and politics of the Philippines.
Many Filipinos and Filipinas go abroad to find work.
The men very often work on ships and the women as
caregivers all over the world. Because of her often very
good English skills, which go far beyond the knowledge
of other Asian countries, her workforce is very popular.
But that doesn't mean that they are rewarded accordingly
everywhere. Many of these people, who then also feed
their poor families at home, are exploited.
The sea feeds the people
Many Filipinos live from the sea, which is not
surprising given the location of the country: The
Philippines consist of more than 7000 islands. On the
one hand they live from fishing, on the other hand there
are also many who earn their living with small ferry
boats. They take people from island to island. These
boats are called bancas.
Languages in Philippines
170 languages are spoken in the Philippines, the
most common language being Filipino. Many people in the
cities also speak English, which is another official
language in the Philippines. By the way, it used to be
Spanish, now hardly anyone speaks it anymore. 44 out of
100 residents live in cities, but most of them live in
Religions in Philippines
83 percent of the Filipino population are Catholic
Christians. 10 percent are Protestant Christians, four
percent Muslim and the rest have no religion or any