Facts about Samoa
Official languages: Samoan, English
Area: 2,944 km²
Population: 192,001 residents
Population density: 65.22 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .ws
ISO codes: WS, WSM, 882
The telephone code for Samoa is +685
Flag of Samoa
The flag of Samoa, which was adopted in a slightly different form as early as 1948, is composed of a red sheet and a blue rectangle reaching halfway up the flag, located at the pole side of the flag. The rectangle bears five white five-pointed stars of varying sizes, reminiscent of the Southern Cross constellation that dominates the night sky in the area. The original flag from 1948 contained only four stars, but their number was later increased to today’s five. The red color of the leaf refers to the blood shed during the struggle for independence from Germany, which Samoa achieved in 1962. The blue color symbolizes unity and justice, and the white represents purity and impurity.
Samoa (samoan. Malo Tutoatasi o Samoa; English Independent State of Samoa) is an island state that includes the western part of the Samoa islands and is therefore also called Western Samoa. The eastern part belongs to the USA (see American Samoa). Samoa is located in the southwestern Pacific, northeast of Fiji. The largest islands are Savai’i (1,708 km²) and Upolu (1,118 km²) with the capital Apia, by far the largest and economically most important city in the country and the international airport. See Samoa Location on World Map.
On December 31, 2011, Samoa skipped a day and changed the time zone. Until then it was the country that welcomed the New Year last, now it is the first.
Biggest Cities of Samoa by Population
The largest city in Samoa is Apia, located on the northern coast of Upolu Island. It has an estimated population of around 37,000 people and serves as the capital of the country. Apia is known for its stunning natural beauty, with lush green hills and white sand beaches. Popular attractions include Robert Louis Stevenson Museum; Papase’ea Sliding Rocks; Papapapaitai Falls; Le Mafa Pass among others.
The second largest city in Samoa is Faleolo, located on the western coast of Upolu Island. It has a population of around 3,000 people and serves as an important hub for transportation and tourism. Popular attractions here include Faleolo International Airport which offers flights to other destinations in the Pacific Islands; Piula Cave Pool which is a freshwater pool located inside a cave; To Sua Ocean Trench which is a large swimming hole with crystal clear waters and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape among others. Other cities worth visiting include Salelologa on Savai’i Island which contains some impressive ruins such as Sapapalii Village or Safotu Village Ruins; Mulifanua which contains some beautiful waterfalls such as Mapusaga Falls or Vailima Waterfall; and Lalomanu which boasts some stunning white sand beaches such as Lalomanu Beach or Palolo Deep Marine Reserve.
According to Abbreviation Finder, two thirds of the people live on Upolu Island. The capital of the country is called Apia and is also located on the island of Upolu. There are also some islands that are not inhabited. The length of the coast is 400 kilometers.