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Samoa is an archipelago of nine islands, five of them uninhabited.

There are two main large islands: the first is the undeveloped island of Savai'i, and the second is Upolu, the principal economic centre of the country. The total area of both islands is 2,831 square kilometres.


(Shaded Relief) 1998 (258K) | CIA World Factbook Map

GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Electricity runs at 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Some hotels provide 110 volt power to their rooms.
  • Samoa is situated just to the east of the International Dateline and therefore lays claim to being the last country in the world to see the sunset of each day. It is 11 hours behind GMT.
  • The local currency is the Samoan dollar or Tala - it is tied to a basket of the currencies of its main trading partners. For the latest currency exchange rate, Currency Converter.
  • The capital of Samoa is Apia. It is situated on the northern coast of the main island of Upolu.
  • The main economic activities are agriculture, which forms the base of the economy, forestry, and tourism. Fishing is also a growing industry, as is a small manufacturing sector. The country's offshore financial services centre has over 1,000 companies registered. Foreign aid and repatriation of funds are also crucial to the economy.
  • The main roads which circumnavigate the two main islands are paved (sealed). Secondary, rural access roads remain unsealed.


  • -  For more information on Samoa, including taxation, immigration, incentives, labour, construction and transportation, visit the investment section of the Official Website of the Government of Samoa

    -  For useful Samoa links, visit our Links page.


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