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Kuwait Country Guide

Explore Kuwait in Asia

Kuwait with the capital city Kuwait City is located in Asia (Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf). It covers some 17,821 square kilometres (slightly smaller than New Jersey) with 2,596,000 citizens.

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The topography includes flat to slightly undulating desert plain. The average density of population is approximately 146 per km². The notable climate conditions in Kuwait can be described as dry desert with intensely hot summers, short, cool winters. Possible natural disasters include sudden cloudbursts are common from October to April and bring heavy rain, which can damage roads and houses or sandstorms and dust storms occur throughout the year but are most common between March and August.

To reach someone in Kuwait dial +965 prior to a number. There are 553,500 installed telephones. And there are 3,876,000 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 900, 1800 Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".kw". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 240V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Kuwait

Three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red with a black trapezoid based on the hoist side; colors and design are based on the Arab Revolt flag of World War I; green represents fertile fields, white stands for purity, red denotes blood on Kuwaiti swords, black signifies the defeat of the enemy.

Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in May 2009 of four women to its National Assembly. Amid the 2010-11 uprisings and protests across the Arab world, stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, staged small protests in February and March 2011 demanding citizenship, jobs, and other benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals. Youth activist groups - supported by opposition legislators and the prime minister's rivals within the ruling family - rallied repeatedly in 2011 for an end to corruption and the ouster of the prime minister and his cabinet. Opposition legislators forced the prime minister to resign in late 2011. In October-December 2012, Kuwait witnessed unprecedented protests in response to the Amir''s changes to the electoral law by decree reducing the number of votes per person from four to one. The opposition, led by a coalition of Sunni Islamists, tribalists, some liberals, and myriad youth groups, boycotted the December 2012 legislative election, resulting in a historic number of Shia candidates winning seats. Since 2006, the Amir has dissolved the National Assembly on five occasions (the Constitutional Court annulled the Assembly once in June 2012) and reshuffled the cabinet 12 times, usually citing political stagnation and gridlock between the legislature and the government.


Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: Asia
Neighbours: Saudi Arabia, Iraq
Capital: Kuwait City
Size 17,820 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 6,880 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
slightly smaller than New Jersey
Population 2,596,000
Currency Name: Dinar, Currency Code: KWD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .kw
Telephone Country Prefix +965
Mobile Phone Connections 3,876,000
Landline Phone Connections 553,500

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).

Geography

Value name Value World Rank
Area 17,818 (sq km) 158

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 2,695,316 140
Population growth rate 1.79 (%) 68
Birth rate 20.61 (births/1,000 population) 82
Death rate 2.14 (deaths/1,000 population) 222
Net migration rate -0.59 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 136
Maternal mortality rate 14.00 (deaths/100,000 live births) 145
Infant mortality rate 7.68 (deaths/1,000 live births) 159
Life expectancy at birth 77.46 (years) 66
Total fertility rate 2.56 (children born/woman) 79
Health expenditures 2.60 (% of GDP) 185
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.10 (%) 139
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 42.00 (%) 10
Children under the age of 5 years underweight 1.70 (%) 122
Education expenditures 3.80 (% of GDP) 120
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 11.3 (%) 102

Economy

Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 153,400,000,000 62
GDP - real growth rate 5.10 (%) 60
GDP - per capita (PPP) 40,500 27
Labor force 2,304,000 116
Unemployment rate 2.20 (%) 16
Investment (gross fixed) 15.30 (% of GDP) 135
Taxes and other revenues 61.6 (% of GDP) 6
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) 21.70 (% of GDP) 3
Public debt 7.10 (% of GDP) 146
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 3.20 (%) 85
Central bank discount rate 3.00 (%) 105
Commercial bank prime lending rate 5.20 (%) 156
Stock of narrow money 28,460,000,000 59
Stock of broad money 109,400,000,000 52
Stock of domestic credit 93,110,000,000 54
Market value of publicly traded shares 119,600,000,000 39
Industrial production growth rate 8.70 (%) 20
Current account balance 73,260,000,000 8
Exports 109,400,000,000 38
Imports 24,100,000,000 69
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 29,260,000,000 50
Debt - external 28,210,000,000 74
Stock of direct foreign investment - at home 3,194,000,000 89
Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad 57,970,000,000 35

Energy

Value name Value World Rank
Electricity - production 51,320,000,000 (kWh) 51
Electricity - consumption 43,410,000,000 (kWh) 51
Electricity - installed generating capacity 10940000 (kW) 52
Electricity - from fossil fuels 100.0 (% of total installed capacity) 20
Crude oil - production 2,682,000 (bbl/day) 11
Crude oil - exports 1,365,000 (bbl/day) 11
Crude oil - proved reserves 101500000000 (bbl) 7
Refined petroleum products - production 902,000 (bbl/day) 25
Refined petroleum products - consumption 339,000 (bbl/day) 37
Refined petroleum products - exports 717,700 (bbl/day) 10
Natural gas - production 11,730,000,000 (cu m) 42
Natural gas - consumption 12,620,000,000 (cu m) 43
Natural gas - imports 890,000,000 (cu m) 60
Natural gas - proved reserves 1,798,000,000,000 (cu m) 21
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy 81,330,000 (Mt) 43

Communications

Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 514,700 98
Telephones - mobile cellular 4,935,000 105
Internet hosts 2,771 156
Internet users 1,100,000 96

Transportation

Value name Value World Rank
Airports 7 168
Roadways 5,749 (km) 150
Merchant marine 34 82

Military

Value name Value World Rank
Military expenditures 3.70 (% of GDP) 30

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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