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Samoa People

    Population: 229,979 (July 1999 est.)
    note: other estimates range as low as 162,000

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 39% (male 45,647; female 44,141)
    15-64 years: 57% (male 68,054; female 62,612)
    65 years and over: 4% (male 4,477; female 5,048) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.3% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 28.81 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 5.4 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -0.39 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.09 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.06 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 30.5 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 69.82 years
    male: 67.43 years
    female: 72.33 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 3.61 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Samoan(s)
    adjective: Samoan

    Ethnic groups: Samoan 92.6%, Euronesians 7% (persons of European and Polynesian blood), Europeans 0.4%

    Religions: Christian 99.7% (about one-half of population associated with the London Missionary Society; includes Congregational, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Latter-Day Saints, Seventh-Day Adventist)

    Languages: Samoan (Polynesian), English

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 97%
    male: 97%
    female: 97% (1971 est.)

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