Official English Name: State of Kuwait
Official Local Name(s): دولة الكويت
Common English Name: Kuwait
Capital: Kuwait City

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Official Language(s)

Arabic
Secondary Languages: English

Resources

Petroleum, Fish, Shrimp, Natural gas

Neighbors

Iraq (North and West), Saudi Arabia (South)

Ethnic groups

Arab (59.2%), Asian (37.8%), African (1.9%)

People

Est. Population:

4,183,658

Demonym:

Kuwaiti

Religions:

Muslim (76.7%)
Christian (17.3%)

Largest City:

Jleeb al-Shuyoukh (314,162)

Other Cities:

Salimiyah (289,243)
Farwaniya (254,825)
Hawalli (205,809)
Khitan (168,097)
Mahbula (140,962)

Geography

Region:

Middle East

Bodies of Water:

Persian Gulf (East)

Total Area:

17,818 km2 (100% land, 0% water)

Total Land:

462 km

Total Coastline:

499 km

Climate

Dry desert

Terrain:

Flat desert plain

Highest Point

Unnamed elevation (306 m)

Lowest Point

Sea Level

Natural Disasters

Sandstorms
Dust storms
Heavy rains

Government

Type:

Constitutional Emirate

Heads of State:

Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Head of Government:

Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Admin. Divisions

6 Governorates

Independence:

19 June 1961 (from the United Kingdom)

Nat'l Symbol:

Golden falcon

Nat'l Anthem:

Al-Nasheed Al-Watani

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$70,500 (USD)

Currency

د.ك (Kuwaiti Dinar)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = د.ك (Kuwaiti Dinar)0.30

Communication

Internet Code

.kw

Telephone Code

+965

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Cultural Notes

Qarqe’an is a celebration that occurs twice a year on the 15th night of Sha’ban and on the 15th night of Ramadan. Children roam from door to door, getting sweets from neighbors and singing traditional songs.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ku.html (Majority of information)
https://www.paci.gov.kw/stat/SubCategory.aspx?ID=2 (City population data)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 10 November 2016