Fun Facts

The ancient Star Pyramid in Samoa

The estimated population living in Samoa is 188,889 people (2012 World Bank data), and 55,128 in population living in American Samoa (2012 World Bank data).

Primary countries that Samoans have migrated to are New Zealand which is estimated at 144,000 in population (NZ Herald: 2013 census breakdown), United States estimated at less than 184,440 in population (2010 census), and Australia is estimated at 41,429 (2006 census).

Samoan fans show their support during the Cup quarter-final match against Australia – Rugby Sevens in Adelaide 2011

Samoa has its own Ancient Pyramid. The Pulemelei Mound or Star Pyramid, is situated on the Island of Savai’i. It was built between 1100-1400 AD and was no longer used by 1700-1800 AD.

On December 29, 2011, Samoa jumped the International Dateline, skipping December 30, 2011, to fall in line with the same day as New Zealand and Australia on December 31, 2011 – New Years Eve.

In July 1997 the Constitution was amended to change the country’s name from Western Samoa to Samoa (officially the “Independent State of Samoa”). Western Samoa had been known simply as Samoa in the United Nations since joining the organization in 1976.

Samoa only has one city – Apia, which is also the capital of Samoa


Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson and friend

The famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson brought his family to live on Upolu in 1890 and built a large home in the foothills above Apia, where he spent the last five years of his life. He was affectionately known as ‘Tusitala’, the storyteller, and he is buried on the crest of Mt Vaea. His home and tomb within the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Reserve can still be seen today.

Samoa does not have domestic area codes (i.e. – 09 for Auckland, NZ or 310 for Los Angeles, CA).

Samoa has had 7 flags since the history of its nation. The current Samoan flag (red field, blue rectangle top left with 5 white stars: the Southern Cross constellation), was introduced in 1949 while under New Zealand rule. Samoa kept the same flag design at the time of Samoa’s Independence in 1962, and also during the Constitutional name change in 1997 from Western Samoa to Samoa.