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The national flag of Samoa.

Samoa /səˈmoʊə/, officially the Independent State of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa), is a country governing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976. The entire island group, inclusive of American Samoa, was known as the Navigators Islands before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills.

Religion in Samoa

The majority of Samoans follow a form of Christianity. The Christian Congregational Church of Samoa is followed by 35.5% of inhabitants, 19.6% of Samoans are Roman Catholics, 15% are Methodists and 12.7% are Mormons.

About 0.1% of Samoans are Buddhists.

Samoa is home to one of only seven Baha'i Houses of Worship in the world. Malietoa Tanumafili II, the head of state from 1962 to 2007, was a convert to the Baha'i Faith.


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