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  General and Old World HistoryAustralia/OceaniaSamoan Islands
 
map of SamoaIndependent State of Samoa

Malo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa

location of SamoaLocation a group of islands in the South Pacific, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

Total Area 1,093 sq mi (2,944 sq km)
Highest Point Mauga Silisili; 6,021 ft (1,857 m)
Lowest Point Pacific Ocean, 0 ft (0 m)
Natural Resources hardwood forests, fish, hydropower

Nationality Samoan
Population (July 2013 est)
195,476
Ethnic Groups Samoan, Euronesians, Europeans
Religions Congregationalist, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Latter-Day Saints, Assembly of God, Seventh-Day Adventist, Worship Centre
Languages Samoan, English

Capital Apia
Present Constitution Adopted January 1, 1962
Form of Government parliamentary democracy
Chief of State Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi (since June 20, 2007)
Head of Government Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi (since 1998)
Cabinet appointed by the Chief of State
Legislature unicameral Legislative Assembly (Fono)
Judiciary Court of Appeal; Supreme Court; District Court; Land and Titles Court
Administrative Divisions 11 districts

Currency Tala
Per Capita Income
$5,400
Industries food processing, building materials, auto parts
Agricultural Products
coconuts, bananas, taro, yams, coffee, cocoa
Export Commodities fish, coconut oil and cream, copra, taro, automotive parts, garments, beer
Import Commodities machinery and equipment, industrial supplies, foodstuffs

Independence Achieved January 1, 1962
From a New Zealand-administered United Nations trusteeship
National Holiday Independence Day; June 1 (1962)
Flag red with a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side quadrant bearing five white five-pointed stars representing the Southern Cross constellation

flag of the Independent State of Samoa

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