The independent country of Samoa consists of the two large islands of Upolu and Savai'i and 8 smaller islands located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific.
The island of Upolu is home to nearly three-quarters of Samoa's population and its capital city of Apia. The climate is tropical, with a rainy season from November to April.
Map references: Oceania
Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island
Land boundaries: 0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Coastline: 403 km (250 mi)
Climate: tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October)
Terrain: Two main islands Savai'i and Upolu, with settlements on Manono and Apolima in the Apolima Strait between Savai'i and Upolu. A small uninhabited island Namua sits between Manono and Apolima. Off the east end of Upolu are the Aleipata Islands, small uninhabited islets; The terrain of the two main islands are narrow coastal plains with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior.
Natural resources: hardwood forests, fish, hydropower
Irrigated land: NA km²
longest river: ?
Natural hazards: occasional cyclones; active volcanism
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Geography - note: occupies an almost central position within Polynesia