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American Samoa Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Pago Pago
Government unincorporated territory of the United States
Currency US dollar (USD)
Area 199 sq km
Population 57,794 (July 2006 est.)
Language Samoan (closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages), English
Religion Christian Congregationalist 50%, LDS (Mormon) 25%, Roman Catholic 20%, and other 5%
Electricity 120V/60Hz (North American plug)
Calling Code +684
Internet TLD .as
Time Zone UTC -11

American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that lie about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand and about 100 km east of the island country of Samoa, which is part of the same archipelago.

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States of America. The citizens of American Samoa are US "nationals" and not US "citizens," but they are allowed to travel freely between the American Samoa and the US Mainland. They are not required to obtain green cards or visas to stay or work in the United States, and they are allowed to serve in the US armed forces (and often do). There are some ways that American Samoa's special status as an unincorporated territory have interesting legal consequences. The US Constitution is not necessarily the supreme law of the land in American Samoa, and Samoan cultural norms, in particular, those related to the ownership of property and public displays of religion actually trump certain well-settled US constitutional rights in American Samoa.

The main city is Pago Pago and the smaller Fagatogo is constitutionally designated seat of government. The governor's office is located in the village of Utulei, located on the opposite side of Fagatogo from Pago Pago.


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