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New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 214,265

Nationality (Noun): Samoan(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Samoan

Official Language(s): Samoan, English

Major Languages Spoken: English, Samoan

Map of Samoa

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Independent State of Samoa

Country Name (short form): Samoa

Country Name (local long form): Malo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa

Country Name (local short form): Samoa

Name of Capital: Apia

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Samoa: Wallis and Futuna Islands, American Samoa

Land Area: 2934 sq km

Water Area: 10 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly smaller than Rhode Island

Total Land Boundry: 0 km

Coastline: 403 km

National Holiday: Independence Day Celebration, 1 June (1962)

International Phone Code: 685

Currency Code: tala (SAT)

Internet Country Code: .ws

US Embassy Location: Accident Compensation Board (ACB) Building, 5th Floor, Beach Road, Apia

US Embassy Mailing Address: P. O. Box 3430, Apia, 0815


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