10 fascinating facts about Philippines

Read on to know some fun facts about the island nation

The Philippines is entirely made up of islands and it is the second-largest archipelago in the world. It is as interesting as it sounds and people who have been there know the beauty of it. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts about The Philippines:

  1. The Philippines has approximately 7,500 islands but only 2,000 of them inhabited. In fact, almost 5,000 are still unnamed on global maps.
  2. About 175 languages are spoken in the Philippines. While 171 of them are considered “living,” there are four tribal dialects as well but they don’t have speakers.  The country’s official language is Filipino (based on Tagalog) apart from English.
  3. Almost about 11% of the population of The Philippines – that is more than 11 million people – live across the world. In fact, the nation is the top supplier of nurses in the world.
  4. Filipinos love basketball like anything. If you visit the nation, you would be able to see a lot of makeshift hoops erected on every street corner. In fact, The Philippines Basketball Association (PBS) is the second oldest after only the NBA.
  5. The Philippines are the greatest producers of coconuts and they export them more than any country in the world. The country sends off about 19.5 million tons of the fruit (called “buko”) annually.
  6. While most Southeast Asian countries follow Buddhism, the Philippines is the only Asian country that’s predominantly Christian. More than 90% practice the religion with about 80% of them being Roman Catholic due to Spanish colonial influence.
  7. The Filipinos love spending time with their family and friends. However, as per reports, the Filipinos send about 400 million text messages every day. Hence, the nation is known as “the texting capital of the world.”
  8. The population of the country crossed the 100-million threshold in 2014. It ranks as the 12th most populous country in the world apart from being the fastest growing countries
  9. Manila, the capital of the Philippines, has the highest population density in the world. While Manila spans only 24 square miles, it has 1,660,714 residents, that is 55,446 people per square mile.
  10. As per Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and other publications, The Philippines is known as one of the best island nations in the world, thanks to its jaw-dropping natural beauty, including the sand beaches, lagoons, and islands of Coron and El Nido.

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