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Country summary

Capital

Kuwait City

Borders

Iraq 240 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km

Government type

constitutional emirate

Population

2,692,526[1]

Population growth

3.549%[1]

Life expectancy

77.71 years[1]

Unemployment

2.2% (2004 est.)[1]

Index of Economic Freedom

42[2]

Corruption Perceptions Index

66[3]

Doing Business ranking

61[4]


Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. 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 liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in May 2009 of four women to its National Assembly.[1]

Economical characteristicsEdit

  • Currency: Kuwaiti dinar (ISO code: KWD)
  • Central bank discount rate: 2.5% (10 February 2010)[1]
  • Commercial banks lending rate: 5.9% (31 December 2009)[1]
  • Stock of money (M1): $16.05 billion (31 December 2009)[1]
  • Quasi money (with M1 makes M2): $71.79 billion (31 December 2009)[1]


StatisticsEdit

Statistic / Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
GDP (million USD)[5] 30 121 37 718 34 891 38 139 47 876 59 441 80 798 101 561 114 739 148 024
Govt. debt (% of GDP)[6]
Govt. revenue (% of GDP)[7] 33.406 45.246 42.532 38.648 37.164 46.125 47.217 47.392
Govt. expenses (% of GDP)[8] 40.168 40.164 33.644 30.776 26.190 22.827 31.250 23.955
Debt to revenue (years)

ReferencesEdit

Note: statistical data was rounded. Different sources may use different methodologies for their estimates. Debt to revenue is calculated by dividing the two variables from their original ('unrounded') values. It represents how long it would a government take to repay its entire debt if it used its whole revenue for this purpose.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 CIA - The World Facebook. "Kuwait", from The World Facebook. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  2. Heritage Foundation. "Kuwait", Economic Freedom Score. A lower ranking is better; but please be careful when comparing between different countries or years. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  3. Transparency International. "Kuwait", Corruption Perceptions Index 2009. A lower ranking is better; but please note that the numbers cannot be compared between countries or years due to different methodology. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  4. Doing Business. "Kuwait", Doing Business 2010 (part of The World Bank Group). A lower ranking is better; but please be careful when comparing between different countries or years. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  5. World Bank. "Kuwait: GDP", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  6. World Bank. "Kuwait: government debt", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  7. World Bank. "Kuwait: government revenue", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  8. World Bank. "Kuwait: government expenses", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.

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