Kuwait: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About Kuwait, information, history size, location, population, people, culture, and government.


Size--6,880 sq. mi. (17,818 sq. km.). Population--920,000.

Located along the northwest coast of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait contains 15-20% of the world's oil reserves. This has made the Sheikh very, very wealthy and has allowed the royal family to set up the most complete welfare state in any capitalistic country. However, conditions are not that good for the 80% of the labor force who are not Kuwaiti. This includes Indian and Pakistani clerks, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Iranian laborers, and Palestinian professionals and workers, none of whom are allowed to vote or own property. Kuwaiti women suffer the same discrimination.

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