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Samoa

Background

Samoa

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.

About

Samoa is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It is part of the region of the Pacific known as Polynesia. Its population is around 185,000 but many more Samoans live outside the country, particularly in New Zealand, Australia and California.

Samoa is about one-half of the way between Hawaii and New Zealand. The islands have narrow coastal plains with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in the interior. The two main islands are Upolu and Savaii. The capital, Apia, and the international airport are on Upolu.

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Samoa

SamoaAggie Greys Lagoon Beach Resort and Spa 

Mulifanua Ferry Terminal And Pier
Faleolo
Samoa

Price (US$): $405 - $406 / night

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Location. Located in Faleolo, Aggie Greys Lagoon Beach Resort and Spa is a beachfront spa resort on the waterfront. Resort Features. Aggie Greys Lagoon Beach Resort and Spa features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor tennis court, and a health club. The property's full service… more »

SamoaCoconuts Beach Club & Resort 

Maninoa Village
PO Box 3684
Siumu
Samoa

Price (US$): $299 - $572 / night

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Location. Coconuts Beach Club & Resort is located in Siumu and attractions in the region include Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Apia Park. Resort Features. Coconuts Beach Club & Resort features a restaurant, a poolside bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms. High speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. The property has a roundtrip airport… more »

SamoaThe Savaiian Hotel 

Savaii
Lolomalava
Samoa

Price (US$): $54 - $96 / night

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Location. The Savaiian Hotel is located close to the beach in Lolomalava. Hotel Features. The Savaiian Hotel features a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3.5 star property offers a meeting/conference room and audiovisual equipment. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. The… more »

SamoaSinalei Reef Resort & Spa 

Siumu
Siumu
Samoa

Price (US$): $351 - $616 / night

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Location. Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Siumu and attractions in the region include Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Apia Park. Resort Features. Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa features a beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. The resort serves a complimentary cooked to order breakfast. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court and a sauna. The property's full service health spa has body treatments,… more »

SamoaTanoa Tusitala Hotel 

Beach Road Sogi
Apia
Samoa

Price (US$): $180 - $181 / night

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Location. Tanoa Tusitala Hotel is located near the beach in central Apia and close to Apia Park, National Parliament, and Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and outdoor tennis courts. This 4 star property has a business center and offers secretarial services and business services. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas and the hotel has a computer station. This Apia property has event… more »

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Samoa

Full name
Independent State of Samoa
Capital
Apia
Location

Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

Geographic coordinates

13 35 S, 172 20 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Rhode Island

Coastline

403 km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October)

Terrain

two main islands (Savaii, Upolu) and several smaller islands and uninhabited islets; narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Silisili 1,857 m

Natural resources

hardwood forests, fish, hydropower

Population

192,001

Ethnic groups

Samoan 92.6%, Euronesians (persons of European and Polynesian blood) 7%, Europeans 0.4% (2001 census)

Religions

Congregationalist 34.8%, Roman Catholic 19.6%, Methodist 15%, Latter-Day Saints 12.7%, Assembly of God 6.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.5%, Worship Centre 1.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.9%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)

Languages

Samoan (Polynesian) (official), English

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Independence

1 January 1962 (from New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship)

National holiday

Independence Day Celebration, 1 June (1962); note - 1 January 1962 is the date of independence from the New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship; it is observed in June

Chief of state

TUIATUA Tupua Tamasese Efi (since 20 June 2007)

Head of government

Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi TUILA'EPA (since 1998); Deputy Prime Minister MISA Telefoni (since 2001)

Internet country code

.ws

Internet users

9,000 (2009)

Airports

4 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Apia

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