SPAMfighter information about


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 Communications information 
SPAMfighters: 1,538
Internet users: 700,000 (2005)
Internet hosts: 2,310 (2006)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 3 (2000)
Internet country code: .kw
Telephones - main lines in use: 510,300 (2005)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 2.38 million (2005)
Telephone system: general assessment: the quality of service is excellent

domestic: new telephone exchanges provide a large capacity for new subscribers; trunk traffic is carried by microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, and open-wire and fiber-optic cable; a cellular telephone system operates throughout Kuwait, and the country is well supplied with pay telephones

international: country code - 965; coaxial cable and microwave radio relay to Saudi Arabia; linked to Bahrain, Qatar, UAE via the Fiber-Optic Gulf (FOG) cable; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean, 2 Indian Ocean), 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean), and 2 Arabsat
Radio broadcast stations: AM 6, FM 11, shortwave 1 (1998)
Radios: 1.175 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations: 13 (plus several satellite channels) (1997)
Televisions: 875,000 (1997)
 Geographical information 
Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
Geographic coordinates: 29 30 N, 45 45 E
Map references: Middle East
Area: total: 17,820 sq km

land: 17,820 sq km

water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey
Land boundaries: total: 462 km

border countries: Iraq 240 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km
Coastline: 499 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm
Climate: dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters
Terrain: flat to slightly undulating desert plain
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m

highest point: unnamed location 306 m
Natural resources: petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas
Land use: arable land: 0.84%

permanent crops: 0.17%

other: 98.99% (2005)
Irrigated land: 130 sq km (2003)
Natural hazards: sudden cloudbursts are common from October to April and bring heavy rain, which can damage roads and houses; sandstorms and dust storms occur throughout the year, but are most common between March and August
Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water resources; some of world´s largest and most sophisticated desalination facilities provide much of the water; air and water pollution; desertification
Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection

signed, but not ratified: Marine Dumping
Geography - note: strategic location at head of Persian Gulf
 People information 
Population: 2,418,393

note: includes 1,291,354 non-nationals (July 2006 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 26.9% (male 331,768/female 319,895)

15-64 years: 70.3% (male 1,085,721/female 613,746)

65 years and over: 2.8% (male 42,460/female 24,803) (2006 est.)
Median age: total: 25.9 years

male: 28 years

female: 22.3 years (2006 est.)
Population growth rate: 3.52%

note: this rate reflects a return to pre-Gulf crisis immigration of expatriates (2006 est.)
Birth rate: 21.94 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Death rate: 2.41 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Net migration rate: 15.66 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.77 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 1.71 male(s)/female

total population: 1.52 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Infant mortality rate: total: 9.71 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 10.72 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 8.66 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 77.2 years

male: 76.13 years

female: 78.31 years (2006 est.)
Total fertility rate: 2.91 children born/woman (2006 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.12% (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
Nationality: noun: Kuwaiti(s)

adjective: Kuwaiti
Ethnic groups: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%
Religions: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi´a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 83.5%

male: 85.1%

female: 81.7% (2003 est.)
 Governmental information 
Country name: conventional long form: State of Kuwait

conventional short form: Kuwait

local long form: Dawlat al Kuwayt

local short form: Al Kuwayt
Government type: constitutional hereditary emirate
Capital: name: Kuwait

geographic coordinates: 29 20 N, 47 59 E

time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions: 6 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah); Al Ahmadi, Al ´Asimah, Al Farwaniyah, Al Jahra´, Hawalli, Mubarak Al Kabir
Independence: 19 June 1961 (from UK)
National holiday: National Day, 25 February (1950)
Constitution: approved and promulgated 11 November 1962
Legal system: civil law system with Islamic law significant in personal matters; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Suffrage: adult males who are not in the military forces, and adult females (as of 16 May 2005); all voters must have been citizens for 20 years
Executive branch: chief of state: Amir SABAH al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (since 29 January 2006); Crown Prince NAWAF al-Ahmad al-Sabah

head of government: Prime Minister NASIR al-Muhammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah (since 7 February 2006) First Deputy Prime Minister JABIR Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah (since 9 February 2006); Deputy Prime Ministers MUHAMMAD al-Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah (since 9 February 2006) and Ismail al-SHATTI (since 10 July 2006)

cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the prime minister and approved by the amir

elections: none; the amir is hereditary; prime minister and deputy prime ministers appointed by the amir
Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-Umma (50 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)

elections: last held 29 June 2006 (next to be held in 2010)

election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - NA; note - all cabinet ministers are also ex officio members of the National Assembly
Judicial branch: High Court of Appeal
Political parties and leaders: none; formation of political parties is illegal
Political pressure groups and leaders: a number of political groups act as de facto parties; several legislative blocs operate in the National Assembly: tribal groups, merchants, Shi´a activists, Islamists, and secular liberals
Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador SALIM Abdallah al-Jabir al-Sabah

chancery: 2940 Tilden Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

telephone: [1] (202) 966-0702

FAX: [1] (202) 966-0517
Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Richard LEBARON

embassy: Bayan 36302, Area 14, Al-Masjed Al-Aqsa Street (near the Bayan palace), Kuwait City

mailing address: P. O. Box 77 Safat 13001 Kuwait; or PSC 1280 APO AE 09880-9000

telephone: [965] 259-1001

FAX: [965] 538-0282
Flag description: three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red with a black trapezoid based on the hoist side; design, which dates to 1961, based on the Arab revolt flag of World War I
 Economical information 
Economy - overview: Kuwait is a small, rich, relatively open economy with self-reported crude oil reserves of about 96 billion barrels - 10% of world reserves. Petroleum accounts for nearly half of GDP, 95% of export revenues, and 80% of government income. Kuwait´s climate limits agricultural development. Consequently, with the exception of fish, it depends almost wholly on food imports. About 75% of potable water must be distilled or imported. Kuwait continues its discussions with foreign oil companies to develop fields in the northern part of the country.
GDP (purchasing power parity): $47.36 billion (2005 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): $52.76 billion (2005 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 8.3% (2005 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $20,300 (2005 est.)
GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 0.4%

industry: 47.9%

services: 51.6% (2005 est.)
Labor force: 1.67 million

note: non-Kuwaitis represent about 80% of the labor force (2005 est.)
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: NA%

industry: NA%

services: NA%
Unemployment rate: 2.2% (2004 est.)
Population below poverty line: NA%
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%

highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 4.1% (2005 est.)
Budget: revenues: $47.21 billion

expenditures: $20.77 billion; including capital expenditures of $NA (2005 est.)
Agriculture - products: practically no crops; fish
Industries: petroleum, petrochemicals, cement, shipbuilding and repair, desalination, food processing, construction materials
Industrial production growth rate: 13.1% (2005 est.)
Electricity - production: 38.19 billion kWh (2003)
Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%

hydro: 0%

nuclear: 0%

other: 0% (2001)
Electricity - consumption: 35.52 billion kWh (2003)
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2003)
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2003)
Oil - production: 2.418 million bbl/day (2005 est.)
Oil - consumption: 305,000 bbl/day (2003 est.)
Oil - exports: 1.97 million bbl/day (2003)
Oil - imports: NA bbl/day
Natural gas - production: 8.3 billion cu m (2003 est.)
Natural gas - consumption: 8.3 billion cu m (2003 est.)
Current account balance: $26.92 billion (2005 est.)
Exports: $44.43 billion f.o.b. (2005 est.)
Exports - commodities: oil and refined products, fertilizers
Exports - partners: Japan 19.6%, South Korea 15.3%, United States 11.8%, Taiwan 11%, Singapore 9.5%, Netherlands 4.7% (2005)
Imports: $12.23 billion f.o.b. (2005 est.)
Imports - commodities: food, construction materials, vehicles and parts, clothing
Imports - partners: US 14%, Germany 10.7%, Japan 8.4%, Saudi Arabia 6.2%, UK 5.6%, France 4.8%, China 4.5% (2005)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold: $8.972 billion (2005 est.)
Debt - external: $16.12 billion (2005 est.)
Currency (code): Kuwaiti dinar (KD)
Currency code: KWD
Exchange rates: Kuwaiti dinars per United States dollar - 0.292 (2005), 0.2947 (2004), 0.298 (2003), 0.3039 (2002), 0.3067 (2001)
Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March
 Transportations information 
Airports: 7 (2006)
Airports - with paved runways: total: 4

over 3,047 m: 1

2,438 to 3,047 m: 2

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2006)
Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 3

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1

under 914 m: 2 (2006)
Heliports: 5 (2006)
Pipelines: gas 269 km; oil 540 km; refined products 57 km (2006)
Roadways: total: 4,450 km

paved: 3,587 km

unpaved: 863 km (1999)
Merchant marine: total: 38 ships (1000 GRT or over) 2,424,983 GRT/3,996,755 DWT

by type: bulk carrier 2, cargo 1, container 6, liquefied gas 5, livestock carrier 3, petroleum tanker 21

registered in other countries: 28 (Bahrain 3, Comoros 1, Liberia 1, Libya 1, Panama 2, Qatar 7, Saudi Arabia 5, UAE 8) (2006)
Ports and terminals: Ash Shu´aybah, Ash Shuwaykh, Az Zawr (Mina´ Sa´ud), Mina´ ´Abd Allah, Mina´ al Ahmadi
 Military information 
Military branches: Land Forces, Kuwaiti Navy, Kuwaiti Air Force (Al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya), National Guard (2006)
Military service age and obligation: 18 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; 1 month annual training to age 40; women have served in police forces since 1999 (2001)
Manpower available for military service: males age 18-49: 864,745

females age 18-49: 467,120 (2005 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 18-49: 737,292

females age 18-49: 405,207 (2005 est.)
Manpower reaching military service age annually: males age 18-49: 18,743

females age 18-49: 20,065 (2005 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure: $3.01 billion (2005 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 4.2% (2005 est.)
 Information about transnational issues 
Disputes - international: Kuwait and Saudi Arabia continue negotiating a joint maritime boundary with Iran; no maritime boundary exists with Iraq in the Persian Gulf

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