Imports$280 million (2010 est.)
Exports$35.49 million (2010 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)5.2% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$6,000 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate-2% (2010 est.)
Internet users9,000 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular167,400 (2009)
Population growth rate0.596% (2012 est.)
Population194,320 (July 2012 est.)
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....
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....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2015-16 The incumbent government under the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) is likely to win the March 2016 general election. The opposition will try to capitalise on a clampdown on the ...
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