Samoa has decided to move across the International Date Line. What that means in practice is simply that it will skip a day. The date to be skipped is 2011-12-30. This changes its standard time from UTC-11 to UTC+13. Samoa is expected to continue to observe daylight saving time.
Samoa originally announced that it would adopt daylight saving time on a trial basis from 2009-10-04 to 2010-03-28. The country was struck by an earthquake and tsunami shortly before the implementation date, and apparently remained on standard time. It proceeded to adopt DST from 2010-09-26 to 2011-04-03.
ISO 3166-1 Newsletter V-1 was issued on 1998-02-05. The official name of Samoa had been "Independent State of Western Samoa"; this newsletter dropped the word "Western" from that phrase. The short name was left unchanged, "Samoa".
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By 1900, the islands of Samoa had recently been divided between Germany and the United States. The line between them fell at about 171° W., with Germany getting the islands to the west. German Samoa was occupied by New Zealand and Britain on 1914-08-29, and mandated to New Zealand by the League of Nations in 1920. The mandate was converted to a United Nations trusteeship in 1946. It voted for independence, which was granted on 1962-01-01. Although the ISO standard gives Samoa as the short name, the country is still generally called Western Samoa to distinguish it from American Samoa.
may be from a chief's name, or may mean "place of the moa"
Samoa is divided into eleven districts.
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The districts are subdivided into 43 faipule districts.
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