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KUWAIT
 
   
   
 

Kuwait Identity Card

Country name:
~ conventional long form: State of Kuwait
~ conventional short form: Kuwait
~ local long form: Dawlat al Kuwayt
~ local short form: Al Kuwayt
 
Area: 17,820 sq km
Coastline: 499 km
Highest point: unnamed location 306 m
Population: 2,335,648
Density: 131/km2
Population growth rate: 3.44%
Official Language: Arabic
Religions: Muslim 85% , other 15%
Government type: nominal constitutional monarchy
Capital: Kuwait City
GDP - per capita: $21,300
Inflation rate: 2.3%
Currency (code): Kuwaiti dinar (KD)
Vehicle Country Id-Code: KWT
ISO CODE Alpha2: KW
ISO CODE Alpha3: KWT
ISO NUMERIC CODE: 414
Calling code: +965
Internet country code: .kw
Time Zone: + 3.0 H

 
 
 
 

Kuwait offers a mixed bag of amazing natural settings that are complemented by a unique heritage. Being one of the fifteen lands that sprawl over the regions of "Cradle of Humanity", this country overflowing with traditional architecture, depicts the historical legacy of the bygone era. Situated at the heart of Middle East, Kuwait is a small nation nestling by the Persian Gulf. Aptly named that means "fortress built near water," this country’s terrain is dominated by vast desert land. The topography displays hardly any altitude difference and more or less flat all over the country. Kuwait consists of total nine islands, Bubiyan being the largest of them.
Archaeological and historical traces suggest that Kuwait was part of the early Mesopotamian civilisation. The 'Anizah’ tribe of central Arabia founded Kuwait City around 18th century A.D. 'Abd Rahim’ of the Al-Sabah became the first sheik, and his descendants continue to rule Kuwait today. After attack and threat from Ottoman Turkish, Kuwait became a British protectorate in 1899. It declared independence on June 19, 1961. Despite the devastations of Gulf War triggered by Iraq, Kuwait has prospered a lot on the basis of the fact that it holds crude oil reserves of 94 billion barrels, which equals 10% of total world reserves.

 



 

 

 
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