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Protection & Enforcement of IPRs in Samoa

Independent State of Samoa
Malo Saʻoloto Tutoʻatasi o Sāmoa  (Samoan)
Motto: Faʻavae i le Atua Sāmoa
"Samoa is founded on God"
Anthem: O Le Fuʻa O Le Saʻolotoga O Samoa
"The Banner of Freedom"
Location of Samoa
Location of Samoa
Map of Samoa
Map of Samoa
and largest city
13°50′S 171°45′W / 13.833°S 171.750°W / -13.833; -171.750
Official languages
Ethnic groups
Christianity (official)[2]
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary republic
Tuimalealiʻifano Vaʻaletoʻa Sualauvi IIa
Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa
Papali’i Li’o Taeu Masipau
LegislatureLegislative Assembly
14 June 1889
16 February 1900
1 March 1900
30 August 1914
• League mandate
17 December 1920
• UN trusteeship
13 December 1946
1 January 1962
15 December 1976
• Name change from Western Samoa to Samoa
4 July 1997
• Total
2,842 km2 (1,097 sq mi) (167th)
• Water (%)
• October 2020 census
202,506[3] (176th)
• Density
70/km2 (181.3/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2018 estimate
• Total
$1.188 billion[4]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
$881 million[4]
• Per capita
Gini (2013)Steady 38.7[5]
HDI (2019)Increase 0.715[6]
high · 111th
CurrencyTālā (WS$b) (WST)
Time zoneUTC+13c (WST)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideleftd
Calling code+685
ISO 3166 codeWS
Internet TLD.ws
  1. Head of State.
  2. Symbols SAT, ST or T are in use as well. The terms Tālā and Sene are translations of the English words Dollar and Cent in the Samoan language.
  3. Since 31 December 2011.[7]
  4. Since 7 September 2009.[8] Although driving is on the left side of the roadway centre line, Samoa allows cars with steering wheels on either the left or the right side of the vehicle to use the roads.


Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa and until 1997 known as Western Samoa, is a Polynesian island country consisting of two main islands ; two smaller, inhabited islands ; and several smaller, uninhabited islands, including the Aleipata Islands. Samoa is located 64 km (40 mi) west of American Samoa, 889 km (552 mi) northeast of Tonga, 1,152 km (716 mi) northeast of Fiji, 483 km (300 mi) east of Wallis and Futuna, 1,151 km (715 mi) southeast of Tuvalu, 519 km (322 mi) south of Tokelau, 4,190 km (2,600 mi) southwest of Hawaii, and 610 km (380 mi) northwest of Niue. The capital city is Apia. The Lapita people discovered and settled the Samoan Islands around 3,500 years ago. They developed a Samoan language and Samoan cultural identity.