SAMOA- a nation of islands in Pacific Ocean- became the first nation in the world to welcome new year.Its P.M., Sir Tuilaepa Sailele, Ma-lielegaoi, had decided to change its time-belt one day earlier. Therefore, Samoans had no the day of 30 on last December so that they could prepare for the first day of 2012. the purpose of this change is that they could be easier in transactions with eastern nations.

Independent State of Samoa is a small nation including of two islands with an earea of 2.8 sqkm. Its capital is Apia. The population in 2009 was 179,000 people. Samoans and English are used as official languages. Tala is the currency unit.Samoa was independent from New Zealand on 1 January, 1962.