SAMOA

Information about travelling to Samoa

Samoa is located in Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

Facts about Samoa
Population217,083 note: prior
CapitalApia
Time zoneUTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Location Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

General info about Samoa
New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.
Languages spoken
Samoan (Polynesian), English
Ethnic division
Samoan 92.6%, Euronesians (persons of European and Polynesian blood) 7%, Europeans 0.4% (2001 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
NA
Climate
tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October)
Resources
hardwood forests, fish, hydropower
Economy
The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, family remittances from overseas, agriculture, and fishing. The country is vulnerable to devastating storms. Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labor force and furnishes 90% of exports, featuring coconut cream, coconut oil, and copra. The fish catch declined during the El Nino of 2002-03 but returned to normal by mid-2005. The manufacturing sector mainly processes agricultural products. One factory in the Foreign Trade Zone employs 3,000 people to make automobile electrical harnesses for an assembly plant in Australia. Tourism is an expanding sector, accounting for 25% of GDP; 122,000 tourists visited the islands in 2007. The Samoan Government has called for deregulation of the financial sector, encouragement of investment, and continued fiscal discipline, while at the same time protecting the environment. Observers point to the flexibility of the labor market as a basic strength for future economic advances. Foreign reserves are in a relatively healthy state, the external debt is stable, and inflation is low.
Environment
soil erosion, deforestation, invasive species, overfishing

Cities in Samoa

afega     amaile     aopo     apia     asaga     auala     aufaga     avao     avata     eva     fagafau     fagamalo     faiaai     falealupo     faleapuna     faleatiu     falefa     falelima     faleolo     faleula     falevai     falevao     fasitoouta     fatuvalu     fausaga     fogasavaii     fogatuli     fusi     gataivai     gautavai     iliili     lalomalava     lalomanu     lalomauga     lalovi     lano     leagiagi     lelepa     lepa     letogo     letui     leulumoega     leusoalii     levi     lona     lotofaga     lufilufi     maasina     malie     malua     manase     maninoa     manunu     matanofo     matatufu     matautu     mulivai     musumusu     mutiatele     nefunefu     niusuatia     nofoalii     paia     papa     pata     patamea     piu     poutasi     puleia     saaga     saasaai     safotu     sagone     saina     saipipi     salani     saleaaumua     saleaula     saleia     saleilua     salelesi     salesatele     saletele     salimu     samalaeulu     samamea     samatau     samauga     samea     samusu     sapapalii     sapulu     sapunaoa     sasina     satalo     satapuala     sataua     satitoa     satoalepai     satuiatua     sauniatu     savaia     sili     siuniu     siupapa     siusega     siutu     solosolo     taelefaga     tafagamanu     tafatafa     tafitoala     tafua     taga     tapueleele     toamua     tuasivi     tufulele     tufutafoe     uafato     ulutogia     utufaalalafa     utulaelae     utuloa     vaiala     vaiee     vaigaga     vaigalu     vailoa     vaipouli     vaipua     vaisala     vaitele     vaiusu     vaotupua     vaovai     vavau    


Airports in Samoa
Faleolo International AirportAPW
Fagali IFGI
LalomalavaLAV


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