Samoa : economy statistics and industry reports

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


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


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

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

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

Unemployment rate


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.)


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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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 3rd Quarter 2014

Country Report Samoa 3rd Quarter 2014

  • $ 285
  • Country report
  • August 2014
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Outlook for 2014-15 The Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) will maintain its dominant position in the political scene over the forecast period, as the next election does not fall due until March 2016. ...

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