About Kuwait

COUNTRY NAME

State of Kuwait

CAPITAL

Kuwait City

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

Kuwait is situated in the northeastern part of Arabian Peninsula, at the head of the Arabian Gulf. Kuwait is bordered on the north and west by Iraq, on the south and west by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabi

GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES

29.3223 and 47.4829

AREA

Total Land Area: 17,820m2

POPULATION

3,182,970, approximately 1 million Kuwaiti nationals
Source: (Ministry of Planning, December 2006)

CLIMATE

Kuwait has a desert climate, hot and dry. Rainfall varies from 75 to 150 millimeters a year across the country; actual rainfall has ranged from 25 millimeters a year to as much as 325 millimeters.

NATURAL RESOURCES

Petroleum, Natural Gas

GOVERNMENT TYPE

Constitutional hereditary emirate

CONSTITUTION

Approved and promulgated November 11, 1962

INDEPENDENCE

19 June 1961

NATIONAL HOLIDAY

National Day: February 25
Liberation Day: February 26

KUWAIT AMIR

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah (since January 29, 2006)

THE CROWN PRINCE

His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (since February 7, 2006)

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

Unicameral National Assembly or Majlis Al-Umma (50 seats, members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
Elections last held on June 29, 2006

EXECUTIVE POWER

The Council of Ministers is presided by His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

LEGAL SYSTEM

Civil law system with Islamic law significant in personal matters.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Six governorates; Al-Asimah, Hawalli, Al-Jahra, Al-Ahmadi, Al-FArwaniyah, Muabrak Al-Kabir

OIL EXPORTS

2.247 million Barrel per day (2006)

OIL REVENUE

KD 13.7 billion (2006)

MARKET VALUE OF PUBLICLY TRADED SHARES

Shares: Over KD 41 billion (2006)

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX

Ranking No. 33 in the world, and 1st in the Arab & Islamic countries
(Source: United Nation Development Index)

RELIGION

Islam

LANGUAGES

Arabic (official)
English widely spoken