Kuwait, an Arab country on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, has cultural heritage dating back to antiquity. Kuwait City, the capital, is known for its modern architecture, ranging from skyscrapers to the striking Kuwait Towers, water towers whose design recalls the tiled domes of a classic mosque. The Tareq Rajab Museum houses a rich collection of ethnographic artifacts and Islamic art.
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Ethnic Groups: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%
Belief Systems: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi'a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%
Population: 3.02 million people (World Rank: 137th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 439 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 80th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.33 %/yr (World Rank: 40th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 74.3 years (World Rank: 111th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 28.4 years (World Rank: 87th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Kuwait
Cartographic Division of the United Nations
Travel Info for Kuwait
Kuwaiti Information Office
in Washington D.C.
Kuwaiti Government Web Sites
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