Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, ruled since 1997 by the Malo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Sāmoa


Samoa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Samoa (Samoan: Sāmoa), officially the Independent State of Samoa (Samoan: Malo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Sāmoa), formerly known as Western Samoa, is a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It became independent from New Zealand in 1962. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu and one of the biggest islands in Polynesia, Savai'i. The capital city, Apia, and Faleolo International Airport are situated on the island of Upolu. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Samoa | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 80, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"During 2015, the legislature considered various updates to the electoral law ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2016. Those elections would be the first to apply a 2013 constitutional amendment requiring at least 10 percent of the seats in Parliament to be held by women. Lawmakers also passed the Citizenship Investment Act, which allows foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency or citizenship in exchange for a large investment in the country."