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Kuwait

About Kuwait

Map of Kuwait © U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook

Map of Kuwait © U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook

Location
Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Area
17,818 sq km

Population
2,742,711 (July 2014 est.) with immigrants accounting for almost 69%

Age structure
0-14 years: 25.4% 15-24 years: 15.3% 
25-54 years: 52.3% 
55-64 years: 4.7% 
65 years and over: 2.1% (2014 est.)

Median age
28.9 years

Population growth rate
1.7% (2014 estimates)

Ethnic groups
Kuwaiti 31.3%, other Arab 27.9%, Asian 37.8%, African 1.9%, other 1.1% (includes European, North American, South American, and Australian) (2013 est.)

Languages
Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Religions
Muslim (official) 76.7%, Christian 17.3%, other and unspecified 5.9% (2013 est.)

Literacy
(Age 15 and over can read and write)
Total population: 93.9%
Male: 95%
Female: 91.8% (2008 est.)

Government type
Constitutional emirate

Capital
Kuwait

Legislative Branch
Unicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-Umma

Judicial Branch
High Court of Appeal

Gross Domestic Product
$165.8 billion (2013 est.), $42,100 (2013 est.)

GDP Growth Rate
2.3% (2013 est.)

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