Samoa Demographics

What is the population of Samoa?

Population 203,774
Population - note note: prior estimates used official net migration data by sex, but a highly unusual pattern for 1993 lead to a significant imbalance in the sex ratios (more men and fewer women) and a seeming reduction in the female population; the revised total was calculated using a 1993 number that was an average of the 1992 and 1994 migration figures
Population Growth Rate 0.59%
Urban Population 19.9%
Population in Major Urban Areas APIA (capital) 37,000
Nationality Noun Samoan(s)
Nationality Adjective Samoan
Ethnic Groups Samoan 92.6%, Euronesians 7% (persons of European and Polynesian blood), Europeans 0.4%
Languages Spoken Samoan (Polynesian), English
Language Note Samoan is probably the oldest Polynesian language, and it is the official language of both Independent Samoa and American Samoa. English is the second official language. Samoans are proud of their language.

Samoa Health Information

What are the health conditions in Samoa?

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate - female 15-49 28.7%
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 5.33
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 98.8%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 1.5%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 97.4%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 7%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 1
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 16.91
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 24.8
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 20.95
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 100
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 23.6
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 54.1%
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .48
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 8.4%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 93.3%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 91.1%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 3.03

Samoa Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Samoa?

Life Expectancy at Birth 72 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 75 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 70 Years
Median Age 22 Years
Median Age - female 22 Years
Median Age - male 22 Years

Samoa Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Samoa median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 22
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 5.33
Median Age 22 Years
Median Age - female 22 Years
Median Age - male 22 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population -10.46
Population Growth Rate 0.59%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.07
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.08
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .78

Samoa Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Samoa?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Health care facilities in Samoa are adequate for routine medical treatment but are limited in range and availability. Complex illnesses and life-threatening emergencies, as well as related laboratory work, generally need to be treated elsewhere. Serious medical conditions and treatments that require hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. You should have emergency evacuation insurance before you travel abroad.

The national hospital is located in Apia, and there are several small district hospitals on Savai'i and in outlying areas of Upolu. Dental facilities do not meet U.S. standards, but good dental treatment and some emergency medical care is available at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Pharmacies may not carry prescription or over-the-counter medicines, or the medicines may be of a different quality than those available in the United States.

There are no hyperbaric chambers on any of the islands for the treatment of scuba diving-related injuries. Serious cases of decompression sickness are evacuated to the nearest treatment center in Suva, Fiji, or Auckland, New Zealand.

Samoa Education

What is school like in Samoa?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 5.8%
Literacy - female 99.7%
Literacy - male 99.6%
Literacy - total population 99.7%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 12 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 12 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 12 Years

Samoa Literacy

Can people in Samoa read?

Literacy - female 99.7%
Literacy - male 99.6%
Literacy - total population 99.7%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Samoan (Polynesian), English

Samoa Crime

Is Samoa a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Although Samoa has a low level of crime, you should remain aware of your surroundings, lock your doors at night, and not leave your belongings unattended. Incidents of petty theft and robberies are common. Some incidents have involved residential break-ins. While rare, violent assaults, including sexual assaults, have occurred in Samoa. No specific groups have been targeted, and there have been no reported racially motivated or hate crimes against U.S. citizens. Police in Apia generally respond quickly to incidents. However, since there is a very limited police presence elsewhere in Samoa (where order is maintained primarily by local village authorities), police response outside of Apia is not as quick or reliable as it is in Apia.

Do not buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, but if you purchase them, you may also be breaking local law.

Samoa Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Samoa, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. You can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods in a foreign country. Likewise, engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Samoa, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not wherever you go.

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

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