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Includes historical data for Samoa’s Gross Domestic Product growth, debt-to-GDP ratio and more, as well as information on trade, banking and financial sector leadership.

Competitive Tax Rates And Skilled Workforce

Located halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean, the Independent State of Samoa’s economy thrives on agriculture, fishing, tourism, and substantial overseas remittances. Samoa boasts an English-speaking and educated workforce, competitive wages, low corporate and income taxes, and solid infrastructure. A peaceful and stable parliamentary democracy and a member of the Commonwealth and the World Trade Organization, Samoa welcomes foreign direct investment (FDI), permitting 100% ownership in most sectors.

Weaknesses, however, persist, including geographical remoteness impacting import-export costs, a lack of economic diversification, and vulnerability to natural disasters.

Macroeconomy & Sovereign Data

Type of Government Parliamentary republic
Capital Apia
Sovereign Ratings S&P: Not rated
Moody’s: Not rated
Fitch: Not rated
Total Population 204,000
Median Age 20.6
Adult Per Capita Income (PPP) 9,539.25
Total GDP (2023) USD 1.0 billion

Samoa GDP & Economic Overview

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Trade & Investment

Total Exports USD 510.6 million (2022)
Leading Exports Refined Petroleum
Poultry Meats
Processed Fish
Total Imports USD 66.2 million (2022)
Leading Imports Coconut Oil
Insulated Wiring
Refined Petroleum
Integrated Circuits
Air Pumps
Source: World Integrated Trade Solution

Samoa Leading Companies

Samoa Commercial Bank (SBC) Financials
Samoa Shipping Services (SSS) Transportation Services
Samoa Airways Transportation, Airlines
Vailima Corporation Consumer Staples, Food Products
Yazaki Samoa Industrials, Auto Components

Major Trade Partners — Import

New Zealand 23.2%
Singapore 16.0%
China 13.5%
Australia 11.0%
United States 10.0%

Major Trade Partners — Export

New Zealand 23.3%
American Samoa 21.1%
United States 18.6%
Australia 8.6%
Tokelau 7.5%

Data Sources:

IMF World Economic Outlook

UN World Population Prospects

World Inequality Report

S&P Global Ratings


Fitch Ratings

IMF Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS)

UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

CIA The World Factbook

World Bank’s World Integrated Trade Solution

Forbes Global 2000