Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Samoa, Apia Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: The Independent State of Samoa.

Location: Samoa is in Oceania, and consists of a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand.

Country Climate: Tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October).

Country Terrain: Two main islands (Savaii, Upolu) and several smaller islands and uninhabited islets; narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior.

Major Languages: Samoan, English.

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 0.2 million (2008 est.) 0.2 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, private family remittances from overseas, and agricultural exports. Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labour force, and furnishes 90% of exports.

Currency: Samoan Tala (WST).

Country Inflation: 6.2% (2008 est.) 14.2% (2009 est.).

City: Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa.

City Economy: Apia Harbour is by far the largest and busiest harbour in Samoa. Apia is served by a good road network, which is generally kept reasonably well maintained.
Cost of Living: Apia has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Apia is currently ranked 109 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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