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American Samoa Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

201 sq km (77.6 sq miles).

Population

54,719 (2013).

Population density

272 per sq km.

Capital

Pago Pago.

Government

US External Territory (Unincorporated). Gained a measure of self-government in 1977.

Head of state

President Barack Obama since 2009.

Head of government

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga since 2013.

Electricity

110V AC, 60Hz. US-style two-pin plugs are in use.

American Samoa is a tropical island paradise at the heart of Polynesia: seven freckles of land featuring volcanic backdrops, tropical forests and wildlife-rich woodlands.American Samoa's islands include Ta'u, Olosega and Ofu, known as the Manu'a group, which are volcanic in origin and dominated by high peaks. The islands' volcanoes, inactive since 1911, have left an intriguing land formation, including cavernous lava tubes.

Most people live in villages along the narrow coastal plains, living off the fruits of the sea, and cultivating agriculture on the plains and nearby hills. Traditional Samoan society is based on a chieftain system of hereditary rank, and is known as the Samoan way or fa'a Samoa. Despite the inroads of modern, Western civilisation, local cultural institutions remain the strongest single influence in American Samoan life.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 30 October 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There is no resident British diplomatic mission in American Samoa.  If you need consular assistance you should contact the British Consulate-General Los Angeles. Telephone: 1310 789 0031.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Most visits to American Samoa are trouble-free.

The tropical cyclone season normally runs from November to April. 

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