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Samoa has a population of approximately 200,000, 115,000 of whom live on Upolu. American Samoa has approximately 58,000 residents, 95% of whom live on Tutuila. The populations of both Western and American Samoa are robust, large and of Polynesian descent. There is much immigration to the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

The inhabitants of American Samoa have the nationality of the United States, while the inhabitants of Savai'i and Upolu are independent. Residents of Samoa are very traditional and adhere to social hierarchies. The population is friendly, but has many different codes of behaviour. The attitude is often reserved. In remote villages, this attitude is strongly present, because Western influences are hardly noticeable there. Families are very important and everyone tries to be included in the largest families. The bigger the family, the more power they can exercise.


Samoan is predominantly spoken on both American Samoa and Western Samoa. On American Samoa, the majority of the population speaks English and a large part of the population on Western Samoa does as well. Except for those in the more remote villages, you will be able to communicate well with the rest of the population, even if they can only speak a little English.

Samoan is a Polynesian language and is very similar to the language of Haiti and Hawaii. The language has only fourteen letters, five of which are vowels and nine consonants. The difference is in the pronunciation.


Religion in Samoa includes a range of groups, but almost 100% of the population of Samoa adheres to some form of Christian faith. The main groups are Congregationalists (47%), Roman Catholics (22%), Methodists (15%).


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