Samoa 2002

Yearbook 2002

Samoa. In June, Samoa celebrated the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence. According to Countryaah website, national day of Samoa is every June 1. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Helen Clark attended a ceremony in the capital, Apia, and made an official apology for abuses committed under New Zealand’s colonial rule. This included failure to stop a severe disease epidemic, which killed more than one in five residents in 1918. Another incident was when unarmed protesters were shot dead in 1928.

Samoa Border Countries Map

During the year, the government announced cuts in the public sector, which would cause about 1,200 of the country’s approximately 4,000 government employees to lose their jobs.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele’s plans to build a new city attracted attention in Sweden. The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has paid for a new school in Samoa against a promise from the country’s chiefs that the rainforest on Savaii’s peninsula Tafua should be left untouched for 50 years. The planned city threatens 1,200 hectares of rainforest there.

Samoa Country Overview

Visas and admission
Finnish citizen does not need a visa for a 90-day trip to Samoa. The passport must be valid for 6 months after leaving the country.

Every person participating in the trip must have a valid travel insurance that covers medical expenses in the event of illness or other similar need. Please check the validity of your own insurance and the terms and conditions of the insurance cancellation cover.

Please pay attention to the special nature of your trip and check the coverage of the insurance in that respect as well.

Many dive trips require more extensive insurance. Please check the contents of your insurance with your insurance company.

Currency: Tala (WST). € 1 = about 2.95 WST. Currency is not available from Finland.

Check that your basic vaccinations are valid (tetanus, polio and diphtheria and MPR). Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended for the trip.

Always check the vaccination requirements at the health center or the Vaccination Advice of the Tourist Clinic

Time difference
12 hours

Electric current
The electric current is 230 V / 50 Hz. Sockets are similar to, for example, in Australia.

We stay in safe areas during our trip, but general caution within common sense is desirable throughout the trip.