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CIA World Factbook
unless otherwise stated. Statistics describing the country’s
linguistic, religious and ethnic demographics are based on
its most recent national census. However, if these statistics
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There are two Samoas: American Samoa and Independent Samoa. The former is considered to be U.S. territory while the latter gained independence from New Zealand in 1962. Despite the geopolitical separation, the Samoan people share a common language and culture.
However, the following cultural profile focuses exclusively on Independent Samoa, which will henceforth be referred to simply as ‘Samoa’.