Travel Information for Samoa
Time zone:GMT -11 (Western Samoa standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Samoan, English
Currency: tala (WST)

1 = WS$2.82, $1 = WS$2.53, £1 = WS$3.37

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.wsInternational Dialling Code:    685

For help planning your trip to Samoa including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Samoa trip planning page.

Further information on Samoa

Discover more about Samoa - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of samoa

Total area: 2,944 sq km (10 sq km under water)

Coastline: 403 km (Pacific Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Highest mountain: Mauga Silisili (Savaii) (1,857m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Samoa from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexNo Data -
Economic FreedomModerately Free 78/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 39/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 50/174
Overall Ranking:    82/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Independent State of Samoa     Status: Independent Country

Population: 196,628 (rank: 176/196)     Density: 66.7 people/sq km (rank: 116/196)

Ethnic groups: Samoan 92.6%, Euronesians (persons of European and Polynesian blood) 7%, Europeans 0.4% (2001 census)

Religions: Congregationalist 34.8%, Roman Catholic 19.6%, Methodist 15%, Latter-Day Saints 12.7%, Assembly of God 6.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.5%, Worship Centre 1.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.9%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)

GDP (PPP): $1.15 billion       GDP per capita: $6,200 (rank: 121/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.