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State of Kuwait



Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Area: 17,820 sq km

Climate: dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters

Terrain: flat to slightly undulating desert plain

Population: 1,973,572

Religions: Muslim 85% (Sunni 45%, Shi'a 40%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%

Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Capital: Kuwait



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