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Kussmaul's coma
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Kuwait City
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CIA World Factbook, 2008

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.

total: 17,820 sq km land: 17,820 sq km water: 0 sq km

Area - comparative
total: 462 km border countries: Iraq 240 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km

territorial sea: 12 nm

lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m highest point: unnamed location 306 m

Natural resources
arable land: 0.84% permanent crops: 0.17% other: 98.99% (2005)

Irrigated land
Total: 0.44 cu km/yr (45%/2%/52%) Per capita: 164 cu m/yr (2000)

Natural hazards
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection signed, but not ratified: Marine Dumping

Geography - note
note: includes 1,291,354 non-nationals (July 2007 est.)

Age structure
0-14 years: 26.7% (male 340,814/female 328,663) 15-64 years: 70.5% (male 1,128,231/female 636,967) 65 years and over: 2.8% (male 44,542/female 26,342) (2007 est.)

Median age
total: 26 years male: 27.9 years female: 22.4 years (2007 est.)

Population growth rate
note: this rate reflects a return to pre-Gulf crisis immigration of expatriates (2007 est.)

Birth rate
at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.037 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.771 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 1.691 male(s)/female total population: 1.526 male(s)/female (2007 est.)

Infant mortality rate
total: 9.47 deaths/1,000 live births male: 10.48 deaths/1,000 live births female: 8.42 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
total population: 77.36 years male: 76.25 years female: 78.52 years (2007 est.)

Total fertility rate
noun: Kuwaiti(s) adjective: Kuwaiti

Ethnic groups
definition: age 15 and over can read and write total population: 93.3% male: 94.4% female: 91% (2005 census)

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
name: Kuwait geographic coordinates: 29 22 N, 47 58 E time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Administrative divisions
chief of state: Amir SABAH al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (since 29 January 2006); Crown Prince NAWAF al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah head of government: Prime Minister NASIR MUHAMMAD al-Ahmad al-Sabah (since 3 April 2007); 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 Faysal al-HAJJI (since 5 April 2007) cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the prime minister and approved by the amir elections: none; the amir is hereditary; the amir appoints the prime minister and deputy prime ministers

Legislative branch
elections: last held 29 June 2006 (next election to be held in 2010) election results: percent of vote by bloc - NA; seats by bloc - Islamic Bloc (Sunni) 17, Popular Bloc 9, National Action Bloc (liberals) 8, independents 16

Judicial branch
chief of mission: Ambassador SALIM al-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
agriculture: 0.4% industry: 54.7% services: 44.9% (2007 est.)

Labor force
note: non-Kuwaitis represent about 80% of the labor force (2007 est.)

Labor force - by occupation
agriculture: NA% industry: NA% services: NA%

Unemployment rate
lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA%

Inflation rate (consumer prices)
revenues: $66.92 billion expenditures: $36.39 billion (2007 est.)

Public debt
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; linked to international submarine cable Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); linked to Bahrain, Qatar, UAE via the Fiber-Optic Gulf (FOG) cable; coaxial cable and microwave radio relay to Saudi Arabia; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean, 2 Indian Ocean), 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean), and 2 Arabsat

Radio broadcast stations
total: 4 over 3,047 m: 1 2,438 to 3,047 m: 2 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2007)

Airports - with unpaved runways
total: 3 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 under 914 m: 2 (2007)

total: 5,749 km paved: 4,887 km unpaved: 862 km (2004)

Merchant marine
total: 38 ships (1000 GRT or over) 2,195,831 GRT/3,566,308 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 1, Qatar 7, Saudi Arabia 6, UAE 8) (2007)

Ports and terminals
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 - percent of GDP
current situation: Kuwait is a destination country for men and women who migrate legally from South and Southeast Asia for domestic or low-skilled labor, but are subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude by employers in Kuwait including conditions of physical and sexual abuse, non-payment of wages, confinement to the home, and withholding of passports to restrict their freedom of movement; Kuwait is reportedly a transit point for South and East Asian workers recruited for low-skilled work in Iraq; some of these workers are deceived as to the true location and nature of this work, and others are subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude in Iraq; in past years, Kuwait was also a destination country for children exploited as camel jockeys, but this form of trafficking appears to have ceased tier rating: Tier 3 - insufficient efforts in 2006 to prosecute and punish abusive employers and those who traffic women for sexual exploitation; the government failed for the third year in a row to live up to promises to provide shelter and protective services for victims of involuntary domestic servitude and other forms of trafficking

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a seaport on the Persian Gulf and capital of Kuwait [syn: Kuwait, Kuwait City, Koweit, capital of Kuwait]
2: an Arab kingdom in Asia on the northwestern coast of the Persian Gulf; a major source of petroleum [syn: Kuwait, State of Kuwait, Koweit]

Merriam Webster's

geographical name 1. country SW Asia in Arabia at head of Persian Gulf; a sheikhdom, before 1961 under British protection area 6880 square miles (17,819 square kilometers), population 1,355,827 2. city & port, its capital population 181,774 Kuwaiti adjective or noun


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