The independent country of Samoa consists of the two large islands of Upolu and Savai'i and 8 smaller islands located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific.
The island of Upolu is home to nearly three-quarters of Samoa's population and its capital city of Apia. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from November to April.
To the East is the smaller American Samoa, see also Geography of American Samoa.
Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Geographic coordinates: 13°35′S 172°20′W / 13.583°S 172.333°WCoordinates: 13°35′S 172°20′W / 13.583°S 172.333°W
Map references: Oceania
total: 2,944 km²
land: 2,934 km²
water: 10 km²
Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island
Land boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 403 km
exclusive economic zone: 200 nautical miles (370 km)
territorial sea: 12 nautical miles (22 km)
Climate: tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October)
Terrain: Two main islands Savai'i and Upolu, with settlements on Manono and Apolima in the Apolima Strait between Savai'i and Upolu. A small uninhabited island Namua sits between Manono and Apolima. Off the east end of Upolu are the Aleipata Islands, small uninhabited islets; The terrain of the two main islands are narrow coastal plains with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mauga Silisili 1,857 m
Natural resources: hardwood forests, fish, hydropower
arable land: 21.2%
permanent crops: 24.38%
Irrigated land: NA km² longest river? Natural hazards: occasional cyclones; active volcanism
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