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   Samoa

Introduction:
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.


Official name: Independent State of Samoa
Capital: name: Apia
geographic coordinates: 13 50 S, 171 44 W
time difference: UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Government type: parliamentary democracy
Population: 214,265
note: prior estimates used official net migration data by sex, but a highly unusual pattern for 1993 lead to a significant imbalance in the sex ratios (more men and fewer women) and a seeming reduction in the female population; the revised total was calculated using a 1993 number that was an average of the 1992 and 1994 migration figures (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Samoan (Polynesian), English
Official Currency: Samoan Tala (WST)
Currency code: WST
Area: total: 2,944 sq km
land: 2,934 sq km
water: 10 sq km
Climate: tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October)


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