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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 2nd Quarter 2017

  • $ 251
  • Country report
  • May 2017
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Outlook for 2017-18 The Human Rights Protection Party, which is led by the prime minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, will govern with little opposition in 2017-18. The party holds 47 of the 50 ...

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