O le Malo Tutoatasi o Samoa (Independent State of Samoa)
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  • Capital: Apia

  • Population estimate, 2015: 193,000

  • GNI per capita, 2014: (PPP$) 5,327

  • HDI/world rank, 2014: 0.702/105

  • Internet domain extension: .ws

Civil Aviation

There is an international airport at Apia (Faleolo), which handled 321,973 passengers and 1,175 tonnes of freight in 2009. The national carrier is Virgin Samoa, known until 2011 as Polynesian Blue. In 2007 it operated domestic services and international flights to Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney.


A tropical marine climate, with cooler conditions from May to Nov. and a rainy season from Dec. to April. The rainfall is unevenly distributed, with south and east coasts having the greater quantities. Average annual rainfall is about 100″ (2,500 mm) in the drier areas. Apia, Jan. 80 °F (26.7 °C), July 78 °F (25.6 °C). Annual rainfall 112″ (2,800 mm).

Constitution and Government

HH Malietoa Tanumafili II, who was Head of State for life, died on 11 May 2007. The Head of State is henceforth elected by the Legislative...

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