map of Western Samoa; source WR WESTERN SAMOA

general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Western Samoa
country code ISO: WS //; - FIPS: WS
location: Pacific Ocean
time zone: -11 UT
surface (land) area: 2831 sq.km = 1093 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 10° S / South: 15° S / East: 171° W / West: 175° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Pacific Ocean
climate: tropical oceanic
Government
independent since: 1962-01-01
type of government: constitutional monarchy
capital: Apia
administrative division: district (11)
Population
population according to the latest census (1991): 161,298
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 179,466 /-; 2001: 179,085
population density: 63 per sq.km = 164 per sq.mi
population growth: 3% //; - doubling time: 23 years
birth rate: 15 - 36 per 1000
death rate: 5,5 - 6 per 1000
fertility rate: 4 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 60 per 1000
life expectancy: 69 years (male: 67; female: 72)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 41% //; - 15-59 years: 53% //; - 60+ years: 6%
urbanisation: 21% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Samoan 93%; mixed European and Polynesian
languages: Samoan (Polynesian), English (both official)
religious affiliation: Christian: Congregational 43%; Roman Catholic 21%; Methodist 17%; Mormon 10%
Health
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 68 - 99%
people per physician: 2682
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 95%
school enrolment: secondary education: 52%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 2%
adult literacy: virtually 100% (male: %; female: %)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: tala = 100 sene
annual inflation rate: 3%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 970 per capita
GNI USD 1450 per capita //; - [ppp: 5050]
GDP growth: 2%
income: USD 930 per capita
import: USD 131 per capita //; - export: USD 50 per capita
trade: USD 629 per capita //; - or 51% of GDP
trade partners: NZ AU FJ JP US DE SG AS
human development index: 0,701 //; - position of the country in the world no.: 96
female labour force: 19%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,09 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 43% //; - grass land: 0,4% //; - wooded area: 47% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 60% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 51%
agricultural products: coconuts, taro, copra, bananas, papayas, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, timber, yams, fish
livestock (thousands): asses: 7 / cattle: 26 / pigs: 179 / poultry: 350
fish catch: metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 3% //; - part of industry in GDP: 12%
industrial products: food & beverages, coconut cream, coconut oil
mining products: none
CO2 emission per capita: 0,8
services: labour force: 37% //; - part of services in GDP: 37%
energy use (kg per capita): 433
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 781, or 2085 km //; - of which paved: 42% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 11 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 46 - 49 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 418 - 1035 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 30 - 69 per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office: 4360
personal computers: 6 per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mauga Silisili 1858 m, nameless peak East of M.S.: 1831; M. Loa 1176, Mauga Fito (Va'aifetu) 1116
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: some small rivers to drain the mountain slopes
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: Savai'i, Upolu
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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