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General information
Common nameSamoa
Local nameMalo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa
Independent State of Samoa
NameMalo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa
Independent State of Samoa
MottoFa'avae i le Atua Samoa
( )
AnthemThe Banner of Freedom
Largest cityApia
Official languagesSamoan, English
GovernmentParliamentary republic
O le Ao o le Malo
(Head of State)
Tufuga Efi
Prime MinisterTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
from New Zealand1 January 1962
Total Area1093 sq mi (2830.9 km2) (174th)
Water %0.3%
Population Est.179000 (166th)
Population census179186 (2006)
Density (pop.)63.2/km2 (134th) (163.7/sq mi)
GDP PPP$1.049 billion (2009)
GDP (PPP) per capita$5,782
GDP (nominal)$558 million (2009)
GDP (nominal) per capita$3,077
Other information
HDI(+)0.785 (2007) (medium) (94th)
CurrencyTala (WST)
Time zoneUTC−11:00 (UTC-11)
- Summer (DST)UTC−10:00 (UTC-10)
Drives on theleft1
Calling code685

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Samoa c-enaudio=en-us-Samoa.oggsəˈmoʊ.ə, officially the Independent State of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa and German Samoa, is a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It became independent from New Zealand in 1962. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu and one of the biggest islands in Polynesia, Savai'i. The capital city, Apia, and Faleolo International Airport are situated on the island of Upolu.

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.

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