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Samoa

Official English Name: Independent State of Samoa

Official Local Name(s): Malo Sa’oloto Tuto’atasi o Samoa

Common English Name: Samoa

Capital: Apia

REGION
Oceania
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
None (Island)
NEIGHBORING BODIES OF WATER
Pacific Ocean (Surrounded)
TOTAL AREA
2,831 km2 (99.9% Land, 0.1% Water)
TOTAL LAND BOUNDARIES
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 RESOURCES
Hardwood forests
Fish
Hydropower
NATURAL DISASTERS
Typhoons
Volcanic activity
DEMONYM
Samoan
LARGEST ETHNIC GROUPS
Samoan (87.2%)
Euronesian (10.3%)
European (0.9%)1
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)
Samoan
OTHER MAJOR LANGUAGE(S)
English
LARGEST RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Protestant (57.4%)
Roman Catholic (19.4%)
Mormon (15.2%)
Other Christian (5.5%)
Worship Centre (1.7%)
POPULATION
198,926
LARGEST CITY
Apia (36,735)
GOVERNMENT TYPE
Parliamentary Democracy
HEAD OF STATE
O le Ao o le Malo Tupuola Tufuga Efi
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT
Prime Minister Tuila’Epa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
11 Districts
INDEPENDENCE GAINED
1 January 1963 (from New Zealand)
NATIONAL SYMBOL
Southern Cross Constellation
NATIONAL ANTHEM
O le Fu’a o le Sa’olotoga o Samoa
GDP PER CAPITA
$5,200 (USD)
CURRENCY
$ (Tālā)
EXCHANGE RATE
$1 (USD) = $2.53 (WST)
INTERNET COUNTRY CODE
.ws
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
+685

The three main tenets of Samoan culture are faith, family, and music.

Activities are most often done together.

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.