[smo] Also in American Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, United States. 199,000 in Samoa (1999). Population total all countries: 364,257. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1960, Constitution, Article 54). Dialects: No significant dialect variation, but important register-based distinctions in phonology. Lexical similarity: 70% with Wallisian [wls], 67% with Rarotongan [rar], 66% with Tongan [ton]. Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, Samoic-Outlier, Samoan Comments: Christian.