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Samoa

Samoa : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook

Imports

$280 million (2010 est.)
$280 million (2010 est.)

Exports

$35.49 million (2010 est.)
$25.11 million (2009 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

5.2% (2011 est.)
0.8% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

NA%

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$6,000 (2011 est.)
$5,900 (2010 est.)
$5,900 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

-2% (2010 est.)
-3.5% (2009 est.)
-3.4% (2008 est.)

Internet users

9,000 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

167,400 (2009)

Population growth rate

0.596% (2012 est.)

Population

194,320 (July 2012 est.)
note: prior estimates used official net migration data by sex, but a highly unusual pattern for 1993 lead to a significant imbalance in the sex ratios (more men and fewer women) and a seeming reduction in the female population; the revised total was calculated using a 1993 number that was an average of the 1992 and 1994 migration figures

Historical background

New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century.

The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

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Samoa

Economic overview

The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, family remittances from overseas, agriculture, and fishing.

The country is vulnerable to devastating storms.

Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labor force and furnishes 90% of exports, featuring coconut cream, coconut oil, and copra.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Report Samoa 1st Quarter 2016

Country Report Samoa 1st Quarter 2016

  • $ 285
  • Country report
  • February 2016
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Outlook for 2016-17 The ruling Human Rights Protection Party will win the parliamentary election due on March 4th 2016. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi will remain prime minister throughout the forecast ...

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