Country's codes

International phone code for Samoa: +685

Standard ISO 3166-1:

    3 letters: WSM

    2 letters (internet domain): . WS

    Digital country code 882

Standard EAN-13 (country barcode): -

Olympic country code: SAM

FIFA code: SAM


Useful country information

Total area: 1,137 sq mi (2,944 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 196,628 (growth rate: 0.59%); birth rate: 21.29/1000; infant mortality rate: 20.5/1000; life expectancy: 73.21; density per sq mi: 163.7

Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Apia, 37,000

Monetary unit: Tala

Current government officials

Languages: Samoan, English

Ethnicity/race: Samoan 92.6%, Euronesians 7% (persons of European and Polynesian blood), Europeans 0.4%

Religion: Congregationalist 31.8%, Roman Catholic 19.4%, Methodist 13.7%, Latter-Day Saints 15.2%, Assembly of God 8%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.9%, other Christian 5.5%, other 0.7%, unspecified 0.1% (2011)

National Holiday: Flag Day, November 1

Literacy rate: 98.8% (2003 est.)

Background:

In the time of 1000 B.C. Southeast Asian immmigrants arrived in the Samoan islands and from there they settled the rest of Polynesia.
First sparsely contacts with Europeans began in the early 1700s, intensified with the arrival of English missionaries and traders in the 1830s.

Before World War I (Western) Samoa was a German protectorate, occupied by New Zealand in 1914. In 1962 Samoa became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century.

Despite of modern influences Samoan people still hold firmly to "Fa'asamoa", the traditional Samoan way, related to their language, dress, food, customs and even property.

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