Source
Central bank

Central Bank of Samoa

International Reserves

USD 0.1 billion (2015)

International Monetary Fund (IMF), data retrieved January 2017

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

USD 0.9 billion (2017, estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

Intl$ 1.1 billion (2017, estimate)

Real GDP growth
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
1.9% 1.1% 2.9% -6.4% -1.5% 5.4% 0.4%
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*    
-1.9% 1.2% 1.6% 3% 1.5%    

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

USD 4,582.4 (2017, estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

Intl$ 5,524.1 (2017, estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2017*
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.001%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 10.7% 
  • industry: 24% 
  • services: 65.4%

(2016 estimate)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

 

Inflation
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
0.6% -0.4% 0.9% 0.3% 1.0%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

 

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
53.5% 54.4% 57.8% 59.2% 59.9%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
-3.8% -5.3% -3.9% -3.4% -2.1%

*Estimate 

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: N/A

Moody's: N/A

Standard & Poor's / Moody's (Updated January 2017)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2013 2014 2015
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

USD -0.03 billion (2017 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

-3.0% (2017 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP (Exports of goods and services)

27.2% (2015)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.0% (2015)​

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.004% (2014)

Total exports

USD 24.0 million (2013 estimate)

Export commodities

Fish, coconut oil and cream, nonu, copra, taro, automotive parts, garments, beer

Total imports

USD 0.3 billion (2013 estimate)

 
 
Source
Import commodities

Machinery and equipment, industrial supplies, foodstuffs

Exports - major partners

American Samoa 57.1%, Australia 17.2% (2015)

Imports - major partners

Fiji 22.6%, NZ 18.8%, China 15.8%, South Korea 7.9%, Australia 6%, US 5.6%, Singapore 5.2% (2015)

FDI inflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 14 million USD 23 million USD 16 million
FDI outflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 0.1 million USD 4.4 million USD 2.0 million
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2012 2013 2014 2015
N/A USD -14.1 million N/A UN/A
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2014

N/A

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Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2015

N/A

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Best countries for doing business

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 89 out of 190 countries (2017)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 37 out of 190 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 67 out of 190 countries

Registering Property: 64 out of 190 countries

Getting Credit: 157 out of 190 countries

Protecting Minority Investors: 63 out of 190 countries

Trading Across Borders: 141 out of 190 countries

Paying Taxes: 71 out of 190 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 96 out of 190 countries

Getting Electricity: 59 out of 190 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 134 out of 190 countries

Global competitiveness ranking

N/A

Index of Economic Freedom

Ranking: 69 / Score: 63.54 (Moderately free) (2016)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed)

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC+13

Total area

2,831 sq km

Capital

Apia

Currency

tala (SAT)

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Languages

Samoan (Polynesian) (official), English

Religions

Protestant 57.4% (Congregationalist 31.8%, Methodist 13.7%, Assembly of God 8%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.9%), Roman Catholic 19.4%, Mormon 15.2%, Worship Centre 1.7%, other Christian 5.5%, other 0.7%, none 0.1%, unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)

Total population
1990 2000 2010 2014* 2019**
N/A 0.175 million 0.182 million 0.185 million 0.188 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2013
18.9% 21% 22% 19%
Population median age

23.1 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

0.59% (2014 est.)

Life expectancy

73.21 years (2014 estimate)

Adult literacy

98.8% (2003 estimate)

% of population living on less than $3.10 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

N/A

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 2
Civil Liberties: 2 (2014)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

N/A

Internet users as % of total population

15.30% (2013)

Mercer Cost of living index

N/A

CO2 emissions

0.9 (2010)