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Countries of the World: Samoa
Resources about Samoa including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Samoa GDP (2009): $584.4 million. GDP per capita (2009 est.): $3,193. GDP composition by sector: Services 75.3%, industry 13.1%, agriculture 3.6%. Industry: Types--tourism, coconuts, small scale manufacturing, fishing. Trade (2007): Exports--$13.37 million: fish, coconut products, nonu fruit products, processing of automotive components, beer, taro. Export markets--New Zealand, Australia, U.S. (includes American Samoa). Imports--$247 million: food and beverages, industrial supplies. Import sources--New Zealand, Hong Kong, U.S. ($19.99 million), Australia, Japan, and Fiji. External debt (2007): $202.8 million (99.9% is owed to multilateral lenders). Currency: Tala (or Samoan dollar).

Geography of Samoa Area: 2,934 sq. km. (1,133 sq. mi.) in two main islands plus seven smaller ones. Cities: Capital (pop. 61,900)--Apia. Terrain: Mountainous with narrow coastal plain. Climate: Tropical.

Government of Samoa Type: Mix of parliamentary democracy and Fa'a Samoa (Samoan custom/"way"). Independence (from New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship): January 1, 1962. Constitution: January 1, 1962. Branches: Executive--head of state (5-year term; elected by parliament), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--unicameral parliament (Fono). Judicial--Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and supporting hierarchy. Major political parties: Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), Samoa Party (SP), Tautua Samoa Party (TSP), and The People's Party (TPP).

Map of Samoa This Map of Samoa shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Apia the capital of Samoa. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Samoa The Official Name of Samoa is the Independent State of Samoa. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Samoa Nationality: Noun and adjective--Samoan. Population (2009 est.): 183,203. Age structure (2006)--60.81% under 15; 14.6% over 65. Population growth rate: 1.4% (mainly due to emigration). Ethnic groups: Samoan 92.6%, Euronesian (mixed European and Polynesian) 7%, European 0.4%. Religion: Christian 98.9%. Languages: Samoan, English. Education: Literacy--98.6%. Health: Life expectancy--male 66 yrs.; female 70. Infant mortality rate--24/1,000. Work force: Agriculture--2%; services--50%.

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