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Here are some interesting facts about Samoa - Category: Introduction - Background: New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

Category: Government - Administrative divisions: 11 districts; A'ana, Aiga-i-le-Tai, Atua, Fa'asaleleaga, Gaga'emauga, Gagaifomauga, Palauli, Satupa'itea, Tuamasaga, Va'a-o-Fonoti, Vaisigano

Category: People - HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA

Category: Economy - Exchange rates: tala (SAT) per US dollar - NA (2007), 2.7594 (2006), 2.7103 (2005), 2.7807 (2004), 2.9732 (2003)

Category: Geography - Terrain: two main islands (Savaii, Upolu) and several smaller islands and uninhabited islets; narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior

Category: Transportation - Airports - with paved runways: total: 3; 2,438 to 3,047 m: 1; under 914 m: 2 (2007)

Category: Communications - Telephones - main lines in use: 19,500 (2005)

Category: Military - Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 42,359 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: none

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  1. Geography - Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands; signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

  2. People - HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA

  3. Economy - GDP - per capita (PPP): ,000 (2008 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook