Samoa is a group of 9 islands situated in the South Pacific, east of the International Date Line. The islands have a total land area of approximately 2,831 sq km. The administrative and commercial centre is situated in its capital, Apia. At various stages, it has been administered by Britain, Germany and New Zealand. English is the standard language used by the government and commerce. Since its independence, it has developed into a politically stable nation.
Samoa’s offshore corporate legislation was originally introduced in the late 1980s and was based on Cook Islands legislation, however numerous enhancements have been made making Samoa a more user-friendly jurisdiction and suits the requirements of the Asian market. The following are of particular notes: