Samoa

Comprises western Samoa Islands; area was settled by Polynesians (probably from Tonga) of lapita tradition by 1000 BCE; large societies developed by 300 BCE; controlled by Germany, Britain, and the United States in the late 19th century; controlled by New Zealand after WW I; official languages are Samoan (a Polynesian dialect) and English.

Quick Facts on Samoa

Go Historic ID
36741
Names
Samoa
Location
Population
204,898 (#184 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Samoan (Polynesian) (official) 91.1%, Somoan/English 6.7%, English (official) 0.5%, other 0.2%, unspecified 1.6% (2006 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Samoan 96%, Samoan/New Zealander 2%, other 1.9% (2011 est.)
Religions
Protestant 54.9% (Congregationalist 29%, Methodist 12.4%, Assembly of God 6.8%, Seventh Day Adventist 4.4%, other Protestant 2.3%), Roman Catholic 18.8%, Mormon 16.9%, Worship Centre 2.8%, other Christian 3.6%, other 2.9% (includes Baha'i, Muslim), none 0.2% (2016 est.)