Samoa BASIC INFOMATION
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|LOCAL TIME ZONE||TIMEZONE DIFFERENCE|
|UTC/GMT +14 HOURS|
|latitude / longitude|
|13°44'11"S / 172°6'26"W|
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|Samoan (Polynesian) (official)|
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|Samoa banks list|
Samoa is an agricultural country, the official language is Samoan, general English, most residents believe in Christianity, and the capital Apia is the only city in the country. Samoa covers an area of 2934 square kilometers and is located in the southern Pacific Ocean and the western part of the Samoan Islands. The whole territory consists of two main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, and 7 small islands. Most areas in the territory are covered by jungles and have a tropical rain forest climate. The dry season is from May to October, and the rainy season is from November to April. The average annual rainfall is about 2000-3500 mm. |
Samoa is located in the south of the Pacific Ocean, west of the Samoan Islands. The whole territory consists of two main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, and 7 small islands.
National flag: It is a horizontal rectangle with a ratio of length to width of 2:1. The flag ground is red. The blue rectangle on the upper left occupies a quarter of the flag surface. There are five white five-pointed stars in the rectangle, and one star is smaller. Red symbolizes courage, blue symbolizes freedom, white symbolizes purity, and the five stars represent the Southern Cross constellation.
Samoans settled here 3000 years ago. It was conquered by the Kingdom of Tonga about 1,000 years ago. In 1250 AD, the Maletoya family drove out the Tongan invaders and became an independent kingdom. In 1889, Germany, the United States, and Britain signed the Treaty of Berlin, stipulating the establishment of a neutral kingdom in Samoa. In 1899, Britain, the United States, and Germany signed a new covenant. In order to exchange other colonies with Germany, Britain transferred the British-ruled Western Samoa to Germany, and Eastern Samoa was under American rule. After the outbreak of the First World War, New Zealand declared war on Germany and occupied Western Samoa. In 1946, the United Nations handed Western Samoa to New Zealand for trusteeship. It officially became independent on January 1, 1962, and became a member of the Commonwealth in August 1970. In July 1997, the Independent State of Western Samoa was renamed "Independent State of Samoa", or "Samoa" for short.
Samoa has a population of 18.5 (2006). The vast majority are Samoans, of Polynesian race; there are also a few other island nations in the South Pacific, Europeans, Chinese and mixed races. The official language is Samoan, general English. Most residents believe in Christianity.
Samoa is an agricultural country with few resources, a small market, and slow economic development. It is listed by the United Nations as one of the least developed countries. The industrial base is very weak. The main industries include food, tobacco, beer and soft drinks, wood furniture, printing, household chemicals and coconut oil. Agriculture mainly grows coconut, cocoa, coffee, taro, banana, papaya, kava and breadfruit. Samoa is rich in tuna and the fishing industry is relatively developed. Tourism is one of Samoa's main economic pillars and the second largest source of foreign exchange. In 2003, it received 92,440 tourists. Tourists mainly come from American Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Europe.