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SAMOA
(pronounced - suh-mow-uh | səˈməʊə)
OFFICIAL NAME: Independent State of Samoa
DEMONYMS: Samoan, Oceanian
Samoa is part of the Polynesia region in the continent of Oceania. Samoa was formed after a civil war when the Samoan archipelago was divided between Germany and the USA; Samoa gained independence in 1920 from New Zealand, which ruled the islands after Germany. It is in the Southern hemisphere and is 2.9 thousand square kilometres in size. The primary languages spoken are Samoan and English; the capital city is Apia and the main currency used is the Samoan Tala.
LGBTQIA+ Equality Index
Medium-High
LGBTQIA+ Dollar
c.19 million
LGBTQIA+ Population
c.6 thousand
ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
No
RECOGNISE GENDER CHANGE
Yes
BANNING GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
Yes

Geography

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CAPITAL

Apia

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REGION

Polynesia

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CONTINENT

Oceania

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HEMISPHERE

Southern

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AREA

2944

(square kilometers)

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SURROUNDING OCEAN(S)

Pacific Ocean

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Name in other languages

learn the literal translations of the country’s name in twelve of the most popular languages
English Flag
English
Samoa
Mandarin Flag
Mandarin
萨摩亚
Dutch Flag
Dutch
Samoa
Spanish Flag
Spanish
Samoa
Arabic Flag
Arabic
ساموا
Portuguese Flag
Portuguese
Samoa
French Flag
French
Samoa
Hebrew Flag
Hebrew
סמואה
Russian Flag
Russian
Самоа
German Flag
German
Samoa
Hindi Flag
Hindi
समोआ
Japanese Flag
Japanese
サモア

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LAST UPDATED:  April 25, 2023
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| STATUS

  • There are currently no known issues or armed conflicts taking place within this country. It is advised that you consult your country's foreign or overseas department before you travel. Your government's ministry will provide you with the latest information and guidance as to whether it is safe to travel to this country (or to parts of it)
  • LGBTQIA+ travel discretion is advised. It is illegal to identify as LGBTQIA+ or engage in same-sex relationships. The country has laws in place; however, they are not enforced, and no one has likely been prosecuted recently. Though not implemented, there is still a risk that prosecutions could take place until those laws are officially repealed. It is always recommended that you carry out independent research before travelling
  • GENDER IDENTITY/EXPRESSION | The country has some laws in place regarding gender identity and expression
  • LGBTQIA+ ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS | This country has laws in place that bans some forms of discrimination. Though some regulations are in place, it does mean that might be no legal protection in certain areas for those community members living or visiting from facing discrimination
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Government

| INFORMATION

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SAMOA
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
ministry of foreign affairs and trade | matagaluega o mataupu tau le va i fafo ma fefaatauaiga
The foreign office or ministry is typically a department within a government that focuses on promoting that particular country and what it represents worldwide. The department will often highlight national security, travel restrictions, visa requirements and all relevant foreign policies
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SAMOA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
ministry of health | matagaluega o le soifua maloloina
The health office or ministry is typically a department or organisation within a government that focuses on all things relating to health. The department will often highlight travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, pandemics, outbreaks, and relevant health-related information
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  USEFUL PHRASES | GREETINGS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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GREETINGS
faʻafeiloaʻi | greeting
HI
talofa | hi
HOW ARE YOU?
oa mai oe? | how are you?
GOOD MORNING
oa mai le ataeao | good morning
I'M GOOD, AND YOU?
ou te lelei, ma oe? | i'm good, and you?
GOOD AFTERNOON
oa mai le aoauli | good afternoon
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
o ai loʻu igoa? | what is your name?
GOOD NIGHT
manuia le po | good night
MY NAME IS…
o loʻu igoa o ... | my name is ...
WELCOME
afio mai | welcome
NICE TO MEET YOU
fiafia lava ua ta feiloai | nice to meet you
GOODBYE
tofa | goodbye
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
ete iloa tautala faaigilisi? | do you speak english?

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Samoan | English
Official Language(s) spoken in Samoa
The emergency service numbers within Samoa to call during an emergency
  • AMBULANCE - when someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk (emergency medical services and technical rescue)
  • POLICE - when you feel in danger, are in dangerous situations or have witnessed a crime (law enforcement, criminal investigation, and maintenance of public order)
  • FIRE RESCUE - when a fire occurs or where a person needs rescue (fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation)


Ambulance
AMBULANCE
falemaʻi (samoan) | ambulance (english)

dial
999

Call Ambulance Service Now

Police
POLICE
leoleo (samoan) | police (english)

dial
999

Call Police Now

Fire
FIRE
afi (samoan) | fire (english)

dial
999

Call Fire Service Now


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  USEFUL PHRASES | EMERGENCY

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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EMERGENCY
faalavelave faafuaseʻi | emergency
HELP ME
fesoasoani mai | help me
WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?
o fea le falemaʻi lata mai? | where is the nearest hospital?
STOP
taofi | stop
WHERE IS THE NEAREST PHARMACY?
o fea le fale talavai latalata? | where is the nearest pharmacy?
HOSPITAL
falemai | hospital
WHERE IS THE POLICE STATION?
o fea le ofisa o leoleo? | where is the police station?
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USEFUL INFORMATION

TELEPHONE DIALLING CODE

685

INTERNET SUFFIX

.ws

LANGUAGES

Samoan, English

CURRENCY

NAME:
Samoan Tala
SYM:
WS$
DIVISION:
100 sene

ELECTRICITY

VOLTS:
230
HERTZ:
50

ELECTRICAL PLUGS

NUMBER OF PLUG TYPES:
1
PLUGS USED:
Electricity Plug I

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CLIMATE

Apia

Weather information

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MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The average monthly temperatures are based on the recorded daily highs and lows for the given location
HIGH
The daily high temperatures are an average, based on the recorded high temperatures over many years
01| JAN
18.2°C | 64.7°F
02| FEB
18.1°C | 64.6°F
03| MAR
17.2°C | 62.9°F
04| APR
14.8°C | 58.6°F
05| MAY
13.4°C | 56.1°F
06| JUN
11.3°C | 52.4°F
07| JUL
10.5°C | 50.9°F
08| AUG
11.1°C | 52.0°F
09| SEP
12.1°C | 53.8°F
10| OCT
12.8°C | 55.1°F
11| NOV
14.2°C | 57.6°F
12| DEC
16.4°C | 61.5°F
LOW
The daily low temperatures are an average, based on the recorded lowest temperatures over many years
01| JAN
11.8°C | 53.3°F
02| FEB
11.6°C | 52.8°F
03| MAR
11.3°C | 52.4°F
04| APR
9.6°C | 49.2°F
05| MAY
8.3°C | 46.9°F
06| JUN
6.3°C | 43.4°F
07| JUL
5.7°C | 42.2°F
08| AUG
6.2°C | 43.2°F
09| SEP
6.8°C | 44.3°F
10| OCT
7.2°C | 44.9°F
11| NOV
8.1°C | 46.5°F
12| DEC
10.1°C | 50.1°F
SEASONS
Saisons (fr) | Jahreszeiten (de) | Estaciones (es) | Stagioni (it) | Seizoen (du) | Estação (pt)
Samoa Season Image
Spring SeasonSPRING
Printemps (fr) | Frühling (de) | Primavera (es) | Primavera (it) | Lente (du) | Primavera (pt)
September-November
Summer SeasonSUMMER
Été (fr) | Sommer (de) | Verano (es) | Estate (it) | Zomer (du) | Verão (pt)
December-February
Autumn SeasonAUTUMN
Automne (fr) | Herbst (de) | Otoño (es) | Autunno (it) | Herfst (du) | Outono (pt)
March-May
Winter SeasonWINTER
Hiver (fr) | Winter (de) | Invierno (es) | Inverno (it) | Winter (du) | Inverno (pt)
June-August
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  USEFUL PHRASES | INSTRUCTIONS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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INSTRUCTIONS
YES
ioe | yes
EXCUSE ME
tulou lava | excuse me
NO
leai | no
PLEASE
faʻamolemole | please
NO, THANK YOU
leai, faafetai | no, thank you
SORRY
malie | sorry
MAYBE
atonu | maybe
THANK YOU
faafetai | thank you

TIMEZONE

LAST UPDATED:  Oct 11,2022

TIMEZONE

UTC-11 (Pacific/Apia)

DST APPLIES

Yes
  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME (DST)
2023
STARTS
Sep 24, 2023
ENDS
Apr 7, 2024
2024
STARTS
Sep 29, 2024
ENDS
Apr 6, 2025

DST ADJUSTMENT

Forward one hour

DST TIMEZONE

UTC-10 (Pacific/Apia)

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TRAVEL RELATED

AIRPORT STATISTICS

TOTAL NUMBER OF AIRPORTS

3
TOTAL NUMBER OF HELIPORTS

0
TOTAL NUMBER OF SEAPLANE BASES

0

DRIVING

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DRIVE ON WHICH SIDE
Left
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED
Required
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  USEFUL PHRASES | DIRECTIONS & GUIDANCE

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE
faʻasinoga ma le taʻiala | directions and guidance
HOW DO I GET THERE?
faʻafefea ona ou taunuʻu i ai? | how do i get there?
HOW MUCH IS THAT?
e fia lena? | how much is that?
HOW FAR IS IT?
o le a le mamao? | how far is it?
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
e te taliaina kata fai aitalafu? | do you accept credit cards?
WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?
o fea le faletaele? | where is the bathroom?
I'M NOT INTERESTED
ou te le fiafia | i'm not interested
WHERE IS THE CLOSEST RESTAURANT?
o fea le faleʻaiga latalata? | where is the closest restaurant?
I DON'T UNDERSTAND
ou te le malamalama | i don't understand
HOW MUCH DO I OWE YOU?
e fia laʻu aitalafu ia te oe? | how much do i owe you?

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Lesbian Flag
Lesbian
tamaʻitaʻi (samoan) | lesbian (english)
Gay Flag
Gay
gay (samoan) | gay (english)
Bisexual Flag
Bisexual
bisexual (samoan) | bisexual (english)
Transgender Flag
Transgender
transgender (samoan) | transgender (english)
Intersex Flag
Intersex
faʻavaʻa (samoan) | intersex (english)
Asexual Flag
Asexual
leai se mea (samoan) | asexual (english)
Questioning Flag
Questioning
fesili (samoan) | questioning (english)
Community Flag
Community
nuu (samoan) | community (english)
Gender Flag
Gender
itupa e fesoʻotaʻi (samoan) | gender related (english)
Sexuality Flag
Sexuality
faʻafeusuaiga fesoʻotaʻi (samoan) | sexuality related (english)
Non-Bingary Flag
Non-Binary
leai-binary (samoan) | non-binary (english)
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Queer
uiga ese (samoan) | queer (english)
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