Samoa. In the March parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao’s party, Human Rights Protection Party, HRPP, lost some seats and remained at 23, while the opposition Samoan National Development Party, SNDP, gained 13 seats. The number of independent members nearly doubled to 13. When the newly elected parliament was assembled, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi received support from 28 of the 49 members and sworn in for his second term.
A government spokesman warned in November that the harvesting of Samoa’s forests is happening at a rate that threatens to wipe out the country’s timber reserves within ten years. The government therefore plans, among other things, stricter rules against felling.
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Area: 2842 km2 (world rank: 168)
Population density: 69 per km2 (as of 2017, world rank: 177)
Official languages: Samoan, English
Gross domestic product: 857 million US $; Real growth: 2.5%
Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 4100 US$
Currency: 1 Tala (WS $) = 100 Sene
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Head of State: Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II., Head of Government and outside: Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi
National holiday: 1.6. (Constitutional day)
State and form of government
Constitution of 1962
Parliamentary democracy (in the Commonwealth)
Parliament: Legislative assembly (Fono) with at least 50 members (10% women), election every 5 years
Election of the head of state by Fono every 5 J.
Voting age 21 J.
Population: Samoans, last census in 2016: 195,843 pop.
about 90% Samoan (Polynesian), 9% Euronesier; Chinese minority
Cities (with population): (as of 2016) Apia 35,744 inh., Vaitele 7,972
Religions: 29% Christian Church of Samoa (Protestants), 19% Catholics, 17% Mormons, 12% Methodists, 7% Pentecostals and others (as of 2006)
Languages: Samoan, English
Employees by economic sector: no information
Unemployment (in% of all economically active persons)
Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 1.3%
Foreign trade: Import: 356 million US $ (2017); Export: US $ 44 million (2017)
According to Countryaah, the population of Samoa in 2001 was 179,616, ranking number 186 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.600% yearly, and the population density was 63.5078 people per km2.