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Independent State of Samoa

Malo Saʻoloto Tutoʻatasi o Sāmoa  (Samoan)
Motto: "Faʻavae i le Atua Sāmoa"
"Samoa is founded on God"
Anthem: O Le Fuʻa O Le Saʻolotoga O Samoa
"The Banner of Freedom"
Location of Samoa
Capital
and largest city
Apia
13°50′S171°45′W / 13.833°S 171.750°W / -13.833; -171.750
Official languages
Ethnic groups
(2001)
Religion
Christianity (official)[2]
Demonym(s)Samoan
GovernmentUnitarydominant-partyparliamentary republic
Va'aletoa Sualauvi IIa
Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Toleafoa Faafisi
LegislatureLegislative Assembly
Independence from New Zealand
14 June 1889
16 February 1900
1 March 1900
30 August 1914
• League mandate
17 December 1920
• UN trusteeship
13 December 1946
1 January 1962
15 December 1976
Area
• Total
2,842 km2 (1,097 sq mi) (167th)
• Water (%)
0.3
Population
• October 2020 census
202,506[3] (176th)
• Density
70/km2 (181.3/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2018 estimate
• Total
$1.188 billion[4]
• Per capita
$5,962[4]
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
$881 million[4]
• Per capita
$4,420[4]
HDI (2018)Increase 0.707[5]
high · 111th
CurrencyTālā (WS$b) (WST)
Time zoneUTC+13c (WST)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+14d (WST)
from last Sunday of September to first Sunday of April (from 3 AM to 4 AM and vice versa)
Date formatDD/MM/YYYY
Driving sidelefte
Calling code+685
ISO 3166 codeWS
Internet TLD.ws
  1. Head of State.
  2. Symbols SAT, ST or T are in use as well. The terms Tālā and Sene are translations of the English words Dollar and Cent in the Samoan language.
  3. Since 31 December 2011.[6]
  4. "Western Samoa Time" are a time zone abbreviation used all year round (including in DST).
  5. Since 7 September 2009.[7] Although driving is on the left side of the roadway centre line, Samoa allows cars with steering wheels on either the left or the right side of the vehicle to use the roads.

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on November 27, 2020


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