Here are some interesting facts about Samoa which were chosen and researched especially for kids.
1. This country is located in the Pacific Ocean South of the equator. Samoa is located in Oceania.
2. Samoa belongs to the Polynesian islands. The group of islands lie halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.
3. Samoa consists of two main islands called Savaìi and Upolu and several smaller islands and islets.
4. The largest island of Samoa is Savaìi and the most populated island is Upolu. These islands are of volcanic origin.
5. About sixty percent of the country is forested.
6. The highest peak is Mount Silisili, also called Mauga Silisili with a height of 1,858 m/ 6096 ft.
7. There are many waterfalls and waterholes on the islands. To Sua is a 30 m/98 ft-deep waterhole is one of the most popular attractions in Upolu.
8. Samoa gained independence from New Zealand in 1962. The country was referred to as Western Samoa until 1997.
9. The capital city is called Apia and is home to about 38,000 people.
10. About 203,000 people live on the Samoan islands. About three quarters of all Samoans live on Upolu.
11. The official languages of Samoa are Samoan and English. "Talofa" means "hello" and "tofa" means "goodbye".
12. About 98% of all Samoans are Christians, mainly Protestants.
13. Over 99% of the population over 15 years can read and write, however, many young people are without work. About one third of all Samoans between the ages of 15 and 24 years are unemployed.
14. The national symbol is the Southern Cross Constellation with the five stars and the national colors are red, white and blue.
15. Elections in Samoa are held every five years, the next elections will take place in April 2021.
16. Fire dances are popular not only with tourists in Samoa. Samoan traditional dances are siva and sasa.
17. The most popular sports in Samoa a rugby, cricket, netball and volleyball.
18. Samoa skipped a day in 2011 across the International Date Line. Since then, Samoa is one of the first countries to welcome the New Year - together with Kiribati and Tonga. The move was done to improve ties with business partners Australia and New Zealand to the West, that before, were a day ahead.
19. Samoa is known for its many magical waterfalls and pools such as the scenic Togitogiga Waterfalls.
20. The two main islands are volcanic. There are still active volcanoes on Savaìi island. There you can also see old lava fields and blowholes.
21. In Samoa, you can swim with turtles and watch dolphins frolicking in clear lagoon waters. Savaìi island is known for its huge colony of green sea turtles.
Coral reefs surround the islands and these are home to some 900 fish species and over 200 varieties of coral.
22. The currency of Samoa is called Samoan Tālā. One Tālā is divided into 100 Sene.
23. The main agricultural products are fish and coconuts.
24. The main trading partners are Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China.
25. The most popular dishes are panipopu and palusami. Both dishes include coconut milk and taro leaves.
Most Samoan dishes include coconuts, fruits such as mango, pineapple or star fruit, root vegetables, chicken or fish.
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