Middle East: Kuwait

About Kuwait

Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that completely liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait has spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91.

Vital Statistics
Capitol City: Kuwait
Population: 2,041,961
Percent below poverty: NA%
Language: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Date of independence: 19 June 1961 (from UK)
Form of government: nominal constitutional monarchy
Title of Leader: Prime Minister and Crown Prince
Natural Resources: petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas
Environmental 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
Agricultural Products: practically no crops; fish
Imports: food, construction materials, vehicles and parts, clothing
Exports: oil and refined products, fertilizers
Trading Partners: IMPORTS: US 15%, Japan 10%, UK 7%, Germany 7% (1999)
EXPORTS: Japan 23%, US 12%, Singapore 8%, Netherlands 7% (1999)


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