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Country (long form) State of Kuwait
Capital Kuwait
Total Area 6,880.34 sq mi
17,820.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than New Jersey)
Population 2,041,961 (July 2001 est.) note: includes 1,159,913 non-nationals
Estimated Population in 2050 6,374,800
Languages Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Literacy 78.6% total, 82.2% male, 74.9% female (1995 est.)
Religions Muslim 85% (Sunni 45%, Shi'a 40%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%
Life Expectancy 75.42 male, 77.15 female (2001 est.)
Government Type nominal constitutional monarchy
Currency 1 Kuwaiti dinar (KD) = 1,000 fils
GDP (per capita) $15,000 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum, petrochemicals, desalination, food processing, construction materials
Agriculture practically no crops; fish
Arable Land 0%
Natural Resources petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas
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Geography of Kuwait

Kuwait, or State of Kuwait, an independent Arab sheikhdom on the Arabian Peninsula, in southwestern Asia.

History of Kuwait

Kuwait was settled about 1700 by people from the interior of Arabia. The ruling dynasty was established in 1756, when the settlers chose a member of the Sabah clan to be their sheikh.