Samoa Guide

Samoa Guide

Country data

Location: South Pacific Ocean

Time zone: CET + 13

Total area: 2,831 km²

Land area: 2,821 km²

Water area: 10 km²

Length of the state border: 0 km

Coastline: 403 km

Capital: Apia

Districts: 11
A’ana, Aiga-i-le-Tai, Atua, Fa’asaleleaga, Gaga’emauga, Gagaifomauga, Palauli, Satupa’itea, Tuamasaga, Va’a-o-Fonoti, Vaisigano

Electric current: 240 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 685 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Mauga Silisili 1,857 m


Population: approx. 200,000 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 0.6% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 71

Life expectancy: 70 (male), 76 (female)

Official language: Samoan, English


  • 57% Protestants
  • 19% Roman Catholic
  • 24% other


All year round it is pleasantly warm with daytime temperatures between 20 ° C and 30 ° C.

Rainfalls must be expected every day.


The humidity is almost always between 70% and 80%.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: Tala (WST)

Classification: 1 tala = 100 senes

ATMs: In Apia, Salelologa and Faleolo Airport.

International credit cards: These are accepted by major hotels and shops in Apia.

Regulations: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currencies that can be imported. The export is permitted in the amount of the declared import.

The national currency can be imported in unlimited quantities. Export is not allowed.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

You should be able to produce an English-language certificate from your doctor for any medication you have with you.

Travel advice

There is currently no country-specific safety notice for Samoa.


Over 60% of the population work in agriculture, but only generate around 15% of the gross domestic product.

The main crops are bananas, coffee, cocoa, coconut palms, taro and yams.

Doe production of vehicle parts is the largest industrial employer.

Tourism has also continued to develop over the past few decades.

Industries: vehicle parts production, agriculture, tobacco processing, tourism

Natural resources: wood, fish, hydropower

Land use:

  • Usable land: 3%
  • Grain cultivation: 8%
  • Pasture area: 0%
  • Forests: 86%
  • other: 3%
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