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State of Kuwait
  • دولة الكويت
  • Dawlat al-Kuwait
Flag of Kuwait
Emblem of Kuwait
Flag Emblem
Location of  Kuwait  (green)
Location of  Kuwait  (green)
and largest city
Kuwait City
29°22′N 47°58′E / 29.367°N 47.967°E / 29.367; 47.967
Official languages Arabic
Ethnic groups
  • 60% Arab (31.3% Kuwaiti, 27.9% other Arabs)
  • 37.8% Asian
  • 1.9% African
Religion Islam
Demonym Kuwaiti
Government Unitary constitutional monarchy
• Emir
Sabah Ahmad al-Sabah
Nawaf Ahmad al-Sabah
Marzouq Al-Ghanim
Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah
Legislature National Assembly
• Independence from the Emirate of Al Hasa
• End of treaties with the United Kingdom
19 June 1961
• Total
17,820 km2 (6,880 sq mi) (157th)
• Water (%)
• 2016 estimate
4,348,395 (140th)
• 2005 census
• Density
200.2/km2 (518.5/sq mi) (61st)
GDP (PPP) 2017 estimate
• Total
$317.068 billion (52nd)
• Per capita
$73,017 (5th)
GDP (nominal) 2017 estimate
• Total
$161.885 billion (55th)
• Per capita
$37,280 (23rd)
HDI (2014) Steady 0.816
very high · 48th
Currency Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
Time zone AST (UTC+3)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy (CE)
Drives on the right
Calling code +965
ISO 3166 code KW
Internet TLD .kw
  1. Nominal succession within the House of Sabah.
  2. Emirate

Coordinates: 29°30′N 45°45′E / 29.500°N 45.750°E / 29.500; 45.750

Kuwait Listeni/kˈwt/ (Arabic: الكويت‎‎ al-Kuwait), officially the State of Kuwait (Arabic: دولة الكويت‎‎ About this sound Dawlat al-Kuwait), is a country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As of 2016, Kuwait has a population of 4.2 million people; 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 2.9 million are expatriates.Expatriates account for 70% of the population.


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