Covering an area of 2,842 sq.km (1,097 sq mi), Samoa is a Polynesian island nation comprising of two large islands of Saval ‘I and Upolu and 8 small islets namely, Manono Island, Apolima and Nu’ulopa; Nu’utele, Nu’ulua, Namua and Fanuatapu; and Nu’usafe’e; located in the South Pacific Ocean. Savai’i is Samoa’s largest island occupying about 1,707 sq.km area. Upolu is the 2nd largest island occupying an area of about 1,119 sq.km and is uneven in shape and more elongated than Savai’i. As observed on the physical map of Samoa above, the two large islands are mountainous, volcanic in origin and covered with heavy forests. The highest point is Mt. Sisisili on Savai’i Island which peaks at an elevation of 6,070ft (1,857m) and is marked on the map above by a yellow triangle. The islands are ringed by coral reefs and shallow lagoons.
Samoa (officially, the Independent State of Samoa) is divided into 11 administrative districts. These districts are: A’ana, Aiga-i-le-Tai, Atua, Fa’asaleleaga, Gaga’emauga, Gagaifomauga, Palauli, Satupa’itea, Tuamasaga, Va’a-o-Fonoti and Vaisigano.
Covering an area of 2,842 sq.km, Samoa is a Polynesian island nation comprising of two large islands of Saval ‘I and Upolu and 8 small islets namely, Manono Island, Apolima and Nu’ulopa; Nu’utele, Nu’ulua, Namua and Fanuatapu; and Nu’usafe’e; located in the South Pacific Ocean.
Located on the northern coast of Upolu Island, on a natural harbor at the mouth of Vaisigano River is, Apia – the capital and the largest city of Samoa. It serves as the main port and the administrative and commercial center in Samoa.
Samoa is a Polynesian island nation comprising of two large islands of Saval ‘I and Upolu and 8 small islets, located in the South Pacific Ocean. Samoa is situated roughly halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Samoa lies to the south of the Equator and is geographically positioned in the Western hemisphere and Southern hemisphere of the Earth. It is located to the west of American Samoa, to the northeast of New Zealand and to the southwest of Hawaii.
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|Legal Name||Independent State of Samoa|
|13 49 S, 171 46 W|
|Independence||1 January 1962 (from New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship)|
|Total Area||2,831.00 km2|
|Land Area||2,821.00 km2|
|Water Area||10.00 km2|
|Total Border||0.0 km|
|Climate||Tropical; rainy season (november to april), dry season (may to october)|
|Coordinates||13 35 S, 172 20 W|
|Mean Elevation||0 m|
|Lowest Elevation||0 m|
|Highest Elevation||1,857 m|
|Ethnic Groups||Samoan 96%, Samoan/New Zealander 2%, other 1.9% (2011 est.)|
|Languages||Samoan (Polynesian) (official) 91.1%, Somoan/English 6.7%, English (official) 0.5%, other 0.2%, unspecified 1.6% (2006 est.)|
|Religions||Protestant 54.9% (Congregationalist 29%, Methodist 12.4%, Assembly of God 6.8%, Seventh Day Adventist 4.4%, other Protestant 2.3%), Roman Catholic 18.8%, Mormon 16.9%, Worship Centre 2.8%, other Christian 3.6%, other 2.9% (includes Baha'i, Muslim), none 0.2% (2016 est.)|
|GDP Per Capita||$4,315.92|
|Exports||Fish, coconut oil and cream, nonu, copra, taro, automotive parts, garments, beer|
This page was last updated on November 23, 2020