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Samoa Country Profile

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Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, is a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The country is made up of nine volcanic islands, two of which - Savai'i and Upolu - make up more than 99% of the land. The capital city, Apia, and Faleolo International Airport are situated on the island of Upolu.

Samoa was governed by New Zealand until its people voted for independence in 1962. It has the world's second-largest Polynesian group, after the Maori. Samoa was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976. The entire island group, inclusive of American Samoa, was called Navigators Islands by European explorers before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills.

In Samoa there is a constitutional monarch—currently His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II—who is head of state and has the power to dissolve the 49-member legislature (Fono). The prime minister is head of government. The members of the legislative assembly, who must have matai titles, are elected for five-year terms. The voting age is 21.

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Economist Intelligence Unit Website of the Economist on Samoathe Independent State of Samoa and, until 4 July 1997, known as Western Samoa, is a unitary parliamentary democracy with eleven administrative divisions. The two main islands are Savai'i and Upolu with four smaller islands surrounding the landmasses. The capital city is Apia. The Lapita people discovered and settled the Samoan Islands around 3,500 years ago. They developed a unique Samoan language and Samoan cultural identity.

Samoa is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Western Samoa was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976.

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Wolfram Alpha Website of Wolframalpha on Samoa

World Bank Website of the Worldbank on Samoa

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