The Independent State of Samoa is a country located in Oceania and encompasses the western part of the Samoan Islands. Samoa became independent of New Zealand in 1962, which was when it officially changed its name from Western Samoa to the Independent State of Samoa. Samoa is a parliamentary democracy with a population of just under 200,000. The country is slightly smaller than Rhode Island.

General Information
Official Name:
Independent State of Samoa
Samoan (Polynesian)
Geographic Region:
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Year of UN Membership:
Year of Present State Formation:
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Key Statistics & Indicators
Gross Domestic Product (GDP, Nominal):
$630.000 Billion
Per Capita Income (PPP Adjusted):
$5,965 (CID)
GDP Growth:
0.10 (%)
Human Development Index (HDI):
Economic Grouping:
Developing Country
Least Developed Country
Small Island Developing State
International Relations
UN Voting Blocs & Caucuses:
Group of 77 (G-77)
Asian Group
Major International & Regional Organizations:
ACP: African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States
ADB: Asian Development Bank
AOSIS: Alliance of Small Island States
Commonwealth of Nations (British)
ICRM: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
IFRCS: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Interpol: International Criminal Police Organization
IOC: International Olympic Committee
IPU: Inter-Parliamentary Union
ITUC: International Trade Union Confederation
PIF: Pacific Islands Forum
Sparteca: South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement
SPC: Secretariat of the Pacific Communities
WCO: World Customs Organization
UN Specialized Agencies & Organizations:
CTBTO: Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
IBRD: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization
ICSID: International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
IDA: International Development Association
IFAD: International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFC: International Finance Corporation
ILO: International Labor Organization
IMF: International Monetary Fund
IMO: International Maritime Organization
ITU: International Telecommunications Union
MIGA: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
OPCW: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UPU: Universal Postal Union
WBG: World Bank Group
WHO: World Health Organization
WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO: World Meteorological Organization
WTO: World Trade Organization
Bilateral Relations
United Nations Data
Government Sources
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