People in Samoa
The native population are Samoans. This includes 92
out of 100 people who live in Samoa. You belong to the
Polynesians. There are also people of European descent.
There are also many people here who have German
ancestors, because Samoa was once a German colony.
Typical for Samoa is the cohesion of families and
life in village communities (see Everyday Life: Typical
Samoa). A leader is chosen for each village who is also
responsible for the problems of the village.
The largest city in the country and also the capital
is Apia and is located in the north of the island of
Upolu. Most of the population lives on this island. Most
of the people settle on the narrow, fertile coastline in
the north and west of the island.
In the meantime, however, many Samoan residents are
leaving their islands in order to find better living
conditions and, above all, work in New Zealand or
Australia. More than 150,000 Samoans now live abroad and
the number continues to rise.
Languages in Samoa
The main speakers in Samoa are Samoan and English.
Religions in Samoa
With the appearance of the Europeans, many
inhabitants of the islands turned - more or less
voluntarily - to the Christian faith. So today 99 out of
100 residents are baptized Christian. However, there are
different churches to which the people are divided.