Philippines Language Stats


English status National language. Bible 1535-1989. 1989
Languages Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.849 2009 23th out of 200
Major language(s) Filipino, English (both official) 2013
Spanish speakers 2,658 1990 2nd out of 2
Spanish speakers per 1000 0.0429 1990 2nd out of 2
Spanish status Formerly the official language. Used by a few families as mother tongue. Christian. Bible 1553-1979. 1979

SOURCES: Ethnologue; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; Wikipedia: Linguistic diversity index (Rankings by country) (UNESCO World Report – Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue); British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; Ethnologue. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.


"Philippines Language Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Philippines/Language

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