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Samoa

  • By: Sarah E. Boslaugh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Samoa (former Western Samoa) is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Population in 2009 was estimated at 220,000, with the disproportionately young age structure typical of developing nations: the median age is 20.8 years, and 37.6 percent of the population is aged 14 years or younger. Samoa has a population growth rate of 1.4 percent despite a high out-migration rate of 8.81 per 1,000, due to a high total fertility rate (an estimate of the number of children per woman) of 4.16; the birth rate is 28.2 per 1,000 population and the death rate 5.8 per 1,000. Maternal mortality remains high, although lower than in some other Pacific Island nations, at 87 per 100,000 live births in 2003.

The male/female ratio is 1.06 ...

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