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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%,
Industry: Types--tourism, coconuts, small scale manufacturing,
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
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.
Government of Samoa
Type: Mix of parliamentary democracy and Fa'a Samoa (Samoan
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
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.
Health: Life expectancy--male 66 yrs.; female 70. Infant
Work force: Agriculture--2%; services--50%.
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