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 KUWAITI POLITICAL
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Background: 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.
 
 
Common Name: Kuwait Local Official Name: Al Kuwayt
Abbreviated Name: State of Kuwait Official Name: Dawlat al Kuwayt
Official Script Name: Kuwait Local Common Name: Kuwait
Former Name: Kuwait Territory of: NA
 
Head of State: Amir SABAH al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah
 
Government Type: nominal constitutional monarchy
 
Independence: 1961 June 19 (from UK)
 
Constitution: approved and promulgated 1962 November 11
 
National Holiday: National Day, 25 February
 
International Organization Participation: ABEDA, AfDB, AFESD, AMF, BDEAC, CAEU, FAO, G-77, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IPU, ISO, ITU, LAS, MIGA, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, OPCW, OPEC, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNITAR, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO
 
Administrative Divisions: 6 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah); Al Ahmadi, Al 'Asimah, Al Farwaniyah, Al Jahra', Hawalli, Mubarak Al Kabir
 
Dependent Areas: NA
 
Legal System: civil law system with Islamic law significant in personal matters; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
 
Suffrage: adult males who are not in the military forces, and adult females (as of 16 May 2005); all voters must have been citizen years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: Executive Branch: chief of state: Amir SABAH al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (since 29 January 2006); Crown Prince NAWAF al-Ahmad al-Sabah head of government: Prime Minister NASIR al-Muhammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah (since 7 February 2006) First Deputy Prime Minister JABIR Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah (since 9 February 2006); Deputy Prime Ministers MUHAMMAD al-Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah (since 9 February 2006) and Ismail al-SHATTI (since 10 July 2006) cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the prime minister and approved by the amir elections: none; the amir is hereditary; prime minister and deputy prime ministers appointed by the amir Legislative Branch: unicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-Umma (50 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) elections: last held 29 June 2006 (next to be held in 2010) election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - NA; note - all cabinet ministers are also ex officio members of the National Assembly Judicial Branch: High Court of Appeal
 
Party Leaders: none; formation of political parties is illegal
 
International Disputes: Kuwait and Saudi Arabia continue negotiating a joint maritime boundary with Iran; no maritime boundary exists with Iraq in the Persian Gulf
 
Illicit Drugs: NA 
 
 
 KUWAITI GEOGRAPHY
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Location of Kuwait: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
 
Continent: Middle East Land Area Total: 17,820 sq km 
Region: Middle Eastern Land Area Land: 17,820 sq km
Capitol City: Kuwait Land Area Water: 0 sq km
      
Latitude: 029 30 N Border Boundary Land: 462 km
Longitude: 045 45 E Border Boundary Coastline: 499 km 
  
Arable Land: 0.84 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 0.17 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 306 m Location: unnamed location
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Persian Gulf
  
Largest City in Kuwait: Kuwait City Kuwait City Largest City Population: 1,165,000
  
Threatened Species: 15
 
Environmental Issues: limited natural fresh water resources; some of world's largest and most sophisticated desalination facilities provide much of the water; air and water pollution; desertification
 
Environmental Agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection signed, but not ratified: Marine Dumping
 
Irrigated Land: 130
 
Bordering Countries: Iraq 240 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km
 
Natural Resources: petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas
 
Geographical Terrain: flat to slightly undulating desert plain
 
Comparative Area of Kuwait: slightly smaller than New Jersey
 
Kuwait's Geography: strategic location at head of Persian Gulf
 

 KUWAITI CLIMATE
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General Climate: dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters
 
Natural Hazards: sudden cloudbursts are common from October to April and bring heavy rain, which can damage roads and houses; sandstorms and dust storms occur throughout the year, but are most common between March and August
 
 
 KUWAITI ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: Kuwait is a small, rich, relatively open economy with self-reported crude oil reserves of about 96 billion barrels - 10% of world reserves. Petroleum accounts for nearly half of GDP, 95% of export revenues, and 80% of government income. Kuwait's climate limits agricultural development. Consequently, with the exception of fish, it depends almost wholly on food imports. About 75% of potable water must be distilled or imported. Kuwait continues its discussions with foreign oil companies to develop fields in the northern part of the country.
 
 
GDP: $47,360,000,000 USD Currency: Kuwaiti dinar
GDP per Capita: $20,300 USD Currency Code: KD
GDP Growth Rate: 8.30 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: Kuwaiti dinars per US dollar - 0.292 (2005), 0.2947 (2004), 0.298 (2003), 0.3039 (2002), 0.3067 (2001)
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 0.40 % GDP of Industry: 47.90 %
GDP of Services: 51.60 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 4.10 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 2.20 % Tourism: 77,000.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $47,210,000,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $20,770,000,000 USD
   
Electricity Production: 38,190,000,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 38,190,000,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 100.00% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.00% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 2,418,000 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 8,300,000,000 cu m
Oil Consumption: 305,000 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 1,970,000 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 96,500,000,000 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 1,572,000,000,000 cu m
   
External Debt: $16,120,000,000 USD Received in economic aid: $0 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: practically no crops; fish
 
Primary Industries: petroleum, petrochemicals, cement, shipbuilding and repair, desalination, food processing, construction materials
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 13.10 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $12,230,000,000 USD - food, construction materials, vehicles and parts, clothing
 
Import Partners: US 14%, Germany 10.7%, Japan 8.4%, Saudi Arabia 6.2%, UK 5.6%, France 4.8%, China 4.5%
 
Export Amount in USD: $44,430,000,000 USD - oil and refined products, fertilizers
 
Export Partners: Japan 23%, US 14%, South Korea 13%, Singapore 7%, Netherlands 6%, Pakistan 6%, Indonesia 4%, UK 2%
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 1,670,000
 
Labor Force by Occupations: agriculture NA%, industry NA%, services NA%
 
  
 KUWAITI COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 18 Number of People with Radios: 1,175,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 13 Number of People with Televisions: 875,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 510,300 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 2,380,000
 
Internet Service Providers: 2,439 Internet Users: 700,000
 
Internet Country Code: .kw Newspapers: 374
Two Letter Country Code: KU Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: 965 Electricity Voltage: 240 Volts
  
Telephone Systems: general assessment: the quality of service is excellent domestic: new telephone exchanges provide a large capacity for new subscribers; trunk traffic is carried by microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, and open-wire and fiber-optic cable; a cellular telephone system operates throughout Kuwait, and the country is well supplied with pay telephones international: country code - 965; coaxial cable and microwave radio relay to Saudi Arabia; linked to Bahrain, Qatar, UAE via the Fiber-Optic Gulf (FOG) cable; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean, 2 Indian Ocean), 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean), and 2 Arabsat
 
  
 KUWAITI TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 3,587 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 766 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 4 Heliports: 5
 
Motor Vehicles: 397 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 50,025,000 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 28.90 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: total: 38 ships (1000 GRT or over) 2,424,983 GRT/3,996,755 DWT by type: bulk carrier 2, cargo 1, container 6, liquefied gas 5, livestock carrier 3, petroleum tanker 21 registered in other countries: 28 (Bahrain 3, Comoros 1, Liberia 1, Libya 1, Panama 2, Qatar 7, Saudi Arabia 5, UAE 8)
 
Ports and Harbors: Ash Shu'aybah, Ash Shuwaykh, Az Zawr (Mina' Sa'ud), Mina' 'Abd Allah, Mina' al Ahmadi
 
  
 KUWAITI PEOPLE
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Population: 2,418,393 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 21.94 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 142.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 2.41 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 3.52% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 2.91 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 331,768 Population Female 0-14: 319,895
Population Male 15-64: 1,085,721 Population Female 15-64: 613,746
Population Male 65+: 42,460 Population Female 65+: 24,803
 
Population 0-14: 26.90% Literacy Rate: 83.50%
Population 15-64: 70.30% Literacy rate of Males: 85.10%
Population 65+: 2.80% Literacy rate of Females: 81.70%
 
Population that is Male: 76.00 % Population that is Female: 24.00%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 77.20 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 9.71 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 76.13 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 78.31 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.12% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: 15.66
 
Nationality: KUWAITI
 
Ethnic Groups: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7% 
 
  
Primary Language: Arabic
 
Other Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
 
 
Primary Religion: Muslim
 
Other Religions: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi'a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%
 
  
 KUWAITI MILITARY
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Branches: Land Forces, Navy, Air Force (includes air defense force), National Guard
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 18 years
 
Manpower Available: 1,331,865 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 1,142,499 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 38,808 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 4.20
 
 
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