It was governed by New Zealand until its people voted for independence in chat islam It has the world's second-largest Polynesian group, after the Maori. Samoa's deeply conservative and devoutly Christian society centres around the extended family, which is headed by an elected chief who directs the family's social, economic and political affairs, and the church, which is a focus of recreational and social life.
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The economy revolves around fishing and agriculture, which is amerkcan to mature live chat and disease. Attempts at diversification have met with success. Tourism is growing, thanks to the islands' scenic attractions and fine beaches.
Offshore banking spearhe an expanding services sector. Light manufacturing is expanding and has attracted foreign investment.
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The government and private operators run TV and radio stations and outlets from American Samoa are readily available. By Junethere were nearly 27, internet users InternetLiveStats. Internet cafes are widely used.
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Head of state: Va'aletoa Sualauvi II. He has served as a paramount chief since and was a member of the council of deputies.
Prime minister: Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi. Press freedom is "generally respected", according to US-based Freedom House. Read full media profile.
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