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Samoa [Western Samoa]     [20]
(Independent in 1962 from New Zealand)
LAND AREA: 2935 sq. km     SEA AREA: 120000 sq. km
NUMBER OF ISLANDS BY SIZE (sq. km):
>17,000 >10,000 >1,000 >100 >10 >1 <1 Unknown TOTAL
0 0 2 0 0 2 2 1 7
DEMOGRAPHY
  POPULATION: 166000 (1996)
  DENSITY: 57 persons/sq. km    GROWTH RATE: 0%/year
  POP AGR/FISH/MINING: 90%
  URBAN POP: 21% (1994), versus 19% (1960), Annual Growth: 1.9%
  LIFE EXPECTANCY: 68.1 years,  ADULT LITERACY: 98.0%
  INFANT MORTALITY: 62 per/1000 (1994), versus 134 (1960)
  HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX: 0.684
ECONOMY
  Income/Capita: $616  GDP/Capita PPP: $2726
  OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE: $43 million  ODA%GNP: 24.3%
  ODA/Capita: $253
ENVIRONMENT (see also individual islands)
  TOTAL FOREST AREA: 136,000 ha, 48.1% of land area, 0.8 ha/capita
  NATURAL FOREST AREA: 127,000 ha
  ARABLE LAND: 19.4% of land area
SPECIES OF CONSERVATION INTEREST:

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION: 379 kw-hr/capita, versus 77 kw-hr/cap (1970)
INSTITUTIONS
GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENT/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY:
National Parks Section, Forestry Division, Department of Agriculture
ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION:
National Parks Act
ENVIRONMENT/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS:

REFERENCES:

Last updated 11/02/98


Islands of Samoa [Western Samoa]
Savai'i (Samoa)
Upolu (Samoa)


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