World Country Western Samoa

About the world country Western Samoa, its location, size, population, and who is in power.

NATIONS OF THE WORLD

SAMOA, WESTERN

Location: Savaii, Upolu, and several smaller islands in the Polynesian southwest Pacific, northeast of Fiji. Size: 1,097 sq. mi. (2,842 sq. km.). Population: 158,000.

Who Really Rules: Western Samoa has an electoral system based upon the traditional social structure. Of 47 members of the Legislative Assembly, 45 are elected by matais, the traditional heads of extended families; 2 members without family ties are elected at large.

Western Samoa encourages foreign investment. Potlatch, the American forest-products multinational, operates a timber-cutting concession, a sawmill, and a veneer plant, which threaten the fragile ecology of the rain-forested lands.

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