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

 

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