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Country name conventional long form: Territory of American Samoa
conventional short form: American Samoa
abbreviation: AS
Gevernment typeNA
Capital name: Pago Pago
geographic coordinates: 14 16 S, 170 42 W
time difference: UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionblue, with a white triangle edged in red that is based on the outer side and extends to the hoist side; a brown and white American bald eagle flying toward the hoist side is carrying two traditional Samoan symbols of authority, a staff and a war club
CurrencyUS dollar (USD)
Internet country code.as
Ports and terminalsPago Pago
Agriculture productsbananas, coconuts, vegetables, taro, breadfruit, yams, copra, pineapples, papayas; dairy products, livestock
Industriestuna canneries (largely supplied by foreign fishing vessels), handicrafts
Geography
LocationOceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand
Coordinates14 20 S, 170 00 W
ContinentOceania
Area total: 199 sq km
land: 199 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Rose Island and Swains Island
Boundaries0 km
Coastline116 km
Climatetropical marine, moderated by southeast trade winds; annual rainfall averages about 3 m; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October); little seasonal temperature variation
Terrainfive volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains, two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island)
Natural resourcespumice, pumicite
Natural hazardstyphoons common from December to March
People
Population57,794 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsnative Pacific islander 92.9%, Asian 2.9%, white 1.2%, mixed 2.8%, other 0.2% (2000 census)
ReligionsChristian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and other 30%
LanguagesSamoan 90.6% (closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages), English 2.9%, Tongan 2.4%, other Pacific islander 2.1%, other 2%
note: most people are bilingual (2000 census)

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