Country (formal name): Republic of the Philippines
Region of the world: Southeast Asia
Bordering countries (or nearest countries if an island state): Taiwan, Vietnam, Borneo, Indonesia and China are the closest countries to the Philippines. Population and world rank in population: Philippines is world’s 12th largest independent nation with 103,775,002 residents estimated in 2012. Current President or Prime Minister (List both if two): The current president of the Republic of Philippines is Benigno Aquino. He is both the chief of state and the head of government. Is this country a strong democracy, weak democracy, authoritarian government or dictatorship: Philippines is a strong democracy. Year of independence as a unified state: In 1898 independence was proclaimed from Spain, in 1946 the country became independent from the United States. In 1900-1970, was the country a colony of an imperial power? Which country and when?: The Philippines was a US colony from 1898 to 1935. It became a self-governing commonwealth in 1935. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during WWII, but it regained its independence in 1946. In the 1900-2000, was it ever in a major war? Which? Years?: The Philippines fought in Philippine-American War in 1899 - 1902. The Philippines was invaded by Japan and fought in WWII (1939-1945). Other wars include The Hukbalahap Rebellion war (1946-1954), Korean War (1950-1953) and the Vietnam War (1964-1973). Gross Domestic Product ($ billions) and world rank (2011): GDP is $240.7 billion. It is number 33 in comparison to the world. Per Capita Income (U.S. $) and world rank: 4,119 is Per Capita Income according the the World Bank estimate. This puts the Philippines in 121st place compared to the world. What are its major exports: The Philippines major exports go to Japan, US, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. Who are its major trading partners (list at least 3): The United States, Japan and Singapore are the top...
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