Destination Samoa, a virtual travel guide to the islands of Samoa: Upolu and Savai'i.

This page aims to give you a broad overview of Samoa's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.

Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this nation, e.g.: official web sites of Samoa, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, domestic airlines, tourist attractions, events and much more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Samoa.

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Terrain: Volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior with narrow coastal plain.

Climate: Tropical; dry season (May to October), rainy season (November to April).

People: Nationality: Noun and adjective--Samoan(s). Population: 186,000 (2011 census) Ethnic Groups: Samoan 92.6%, Euronesians 7% (persons of European and Polynesian blood), Europeans 0.4% Religions: Christian 99.7% (about one-half of population associated with the London Missionary Society).

related countries: American Samoa, New Zealand other Polynesian islands: American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Niue, Pitcairn, Tonga, Tuvalu Official Name: Malotuto'atasi o Samoa short form: Samoa (spoken Sa moa) int'l name: Independent State of Samoa int'l short form: (Western) Samoa former: British Samoa (1918 to 1963), Western Samoa (Samoa i Sisifo) also known as: The Navigator Islands ISO Country Code: ws Time: Local Time = UTC -11h Actual Time: Country Calling Code: +685 Capital City: Apia on the island of Upolu (pop.

34 000) Government: Type: Mix of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy under native chief.

Independence (from New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship): January 1, 1962. Geography: Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand.Area: about 2,900 kmĀ², two main islands plus seven smaller ones.Upolu is home to nearly three-quarters of Samoa's population. First sparsely contacts with Europeans began in the early 1700s, intensified with the arrival of English missionaries and traders in the 1830s.Before World War I (Western) Samoa was a German protectorate, occupied by New Zealand in 1914.In 1962 Samoa became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century.Despite of modern influences Samoan people still hold firmly to "Fa'asamoa", the traditional Samoan way, related to their language, dress, food, customs and even property.