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State of Kuwait

Dawlat al Kuwayt

map of Kuwait

Bordered By Iraq, Saudi Arabia
location of Kuwait
Area
7,768 sq mi (20,118 sq km)
Greatest Distance E-W 95 mi (153 km)
Greatest Distance N-S 90 mi (145 km)
Coastline 120 mi (193 km)
Highest Point unnamed elevation; 1,004 ft (306 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources oil, natural gas

Nationality Kuwaiti
Population (July 2015 est)
2,788,534
Largest Cities Kuwait City
Ethnic Groups Kuwaiti, other Arab, Asian
Religions Muslim (official), Christian
Languages Arabic (official), English

Capital Kuwait City
Form of Government
constitutional emirate
Present Constitution Adopted November 11, 1962
Chief of State
Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (since January 29, 2006)
Head of Government
Prime Minister Jabir al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah (since November 30, 2011)
Cabinet
Council of Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister and approved by the Amir
Legislature
unicameral National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma)
Judiciary
Constitutional Court; Supreme Court
Local Administration
6 governates (muhafazat)

Currency dinar (KD)
Per Capita Income
$70,700
Industries
petroleum, petrochemicals, cement, shipbuilding and repair, water desalination, food processing, construction materials
Agricultural Products
fish
Export Commodities
oil and refined products, fertilizers
Import Commodities
food, construction materials, vehicles and parts, clothing

Independence from the United Kingdom Achieved June 19, 1961
National Holiday
National Day; February 25 (1950)
Meaning of Name
"fortress built near water"
Flag
three equal horizontal bands of green, 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

flag of Kuwait

SEE ALSO
Iraq
Saudi Arabia

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