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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: American Samoa

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Settled as early as 1000 B.C., Samoa was "discovered" by European explorers in the 18th century. International rivalries in the latter half of the 19th century were settled by an 1899 treaty in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago. The US formally occupied its portion - a smaller group of eastern islands with the excellent harbor of Pago Pago - the following year. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

American samoa has a traditional polynesian economy in which more than 90% of the land is communally owned. economic activity is strongly linked to the us with which american samoa conducts most of its commerce. tuna fishing and tuna processing plants are the backbone of the private sector, with canned tuna the primary export. transfers from the us government add substantially to american samoa's economic well being. attempts by the government to develop a larger and broader economy are restrained by samoa's remote location, its limited transportation, and its devastating hurricanes. tourism is a promising developing sector. note: as a territory of the us, american samoa does not treat the us as an external trade partner

Environmental Issues

Limited natural fresh water resources; the water division of the government has spent substantial funds in the past few years to improve water catchments and pipelines

Government Type



64,827 (july 2008 est.)


Oceania, group of islands in the south pacific ocean, about half way between hawaii and new zealand


Total: 199 sq km land: 199 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes rose island and swains island

Slightly larger than washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: territory of american samoa conventional short form: american samoa abbreviation: as


Name: pago pago geographic coordinates: 14 16 s, 170 42 w time difference: utc-11 (6 hours behind washington, dc during standard time)

International Disputes

Tokelau periodically asserts claims to american samoa's swains island (olohega), such as in its 2006 draft independence constitution

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

1 American Samoa Job Found

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a new dialysis center in tropical paradise. Make a meaningful difference with the native pacific islanders...
- Pago Pago - posted 21 days ago
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