Official English Name: Independent State of Samoa
Official Local Name(s): Malo Sa’oloto Tuto’atasi o Samoa
Common English Name: Samoa
Capital: Apia

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Official Language(s)

Samoan
Secondary Languages: English

Resources

Hardwood forests, Fish, Hydropower

Neighbors

None (Island)

Ethnic groups

Samoan (87.2%), Euronesian (10.3%), European (0.9%)1

People

Est. Population:

198,926

Demonym:

Samoan

Religions:

Protestant (57.4%)
Roman Catholic (19.4%)
Mormon (15.2%)
Other Christian (5.5%)
Worship Centre (1.7%)

Largest City:

Apia (36,735)

Geography

Region:

Oceania

Bodies of Water:

Pacific Ocean (Surrounded)

Total Area:

2,831 km2 (99.9% Land, 0.1% Water)

Total Land:

0 km (Island)

Total Coastline:

403 km

Climate

Tropical

Terrain:

Narrow coastal plain
Volcanic, rocky mountains in the interior

Highest Point

Mount Silisili (1,857 m)

Lowest Point

Sea Level

Natural Disasters

Typhoons
Volcanic activity

Government

Type:

Parliamentary Democracy

Heads of State:

O le Ao o le Malo Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II

Head of Government:

Prime Minister Boubou Cisse

Admin. Divisions

11 Districts

Independence:

1 January 1963 (from New Zealand)

Nat'l Symbol:

Southern Cross Constellation

Nat'l Anthem:

O le Fu’a o le Sa’olotoga o Samoa

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$5,200 (USD)

Currency

$ (Tālā)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = $ (Tālā)2.61

Communication

Internet Code

.ws

Telephone Code

+685

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Cultural Notes

The three main tenets of Samoan culture are faith, family, and music.
Activities are most often done together.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ws.html (Majority of information)
https://joshuaproject.net/countries/WS (Ethnic data)
http://redatam.sbs.gov.ws/redatam/ (Apia population data)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 28 November 2016
1Those with European backgrounds come primarily from the United States and New Zealand.