Samoa is a group of nine islands in the South Pacific Ocean known for its beautiful scenery and friendly people. Most of the people who live here are native Samoans whose ancestors came by boat thousands of years ago. Germany ruled Samoa briefly in the early 20th century. After World War I, New Zealand administered Samoa’s government and helped it become independent.
Samoa is a peaceful country. Families and tradition are very important here and extended families often live in small clusters of homes. Families share land and equipment. In addition to European explorers, European and American missionaries have made a big impact here. Samoans hold tightly to their family traditions, as well as their Christian faith.
Fun Facts about Samoa for Kids
- About 188,000 people live in Samoa.
- Samoa includes 1,093 square miles of land.
- People in Samoa speak English and Samoan.
- Most people in Samoa are Christian — Roman Catholic, Methodists or Latter Day Saints.
- Samoans can expect to live 69 years.
- 100 percent of adults can read.
- Scenery: the landscape
- Native: original settlers
- Peaceful: kind, mild
- Missionary: someone whose role is to share a religious faith
All About Samoa Video for Kids
This is the best video we found for kids to learn about Samoa:
This is a video documentary about the traditional lifestyle and culture in Samoa.
Question: What cultural rules do Samoans follow?
Answer: In the Samoan culture, respect for elders and service to family is very important. Samoans also take religious worship seriously. Sundays are reserved for worship. Stores are closed on Sundays and families spend this time together worshiping and sharing a meal.
Map of Samoa
Here’s a map of the country of Samoa and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Samoa! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Samoa, as though you are actually there!