Kuwait Demographics

What is the population of Kuwait?

Population 2,993,706
Population - note note: Kuwait's Public Authority for Civil Information estimates the country's total population to be 4,183,658 for 2015, with immigrants accounting more than 69%
Population Growth Rate 1.79%
Urban Population 98.3%
Population in Major Urban Areas KUWAIT (capital) 2.406 million
Nationality Noun Kuwaiti(s)
Nationality Adjective Kuwaiti
Ethnic Groups Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%
Languages Spoken Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Kuwait Health Information

What are the health conditions in Kuwait?

Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 2.14
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 99%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 1%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 99%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 2.7%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.1%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 2
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 7.95
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 7.41
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 7.68
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 14
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 42%
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 1.79
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 100%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 100%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 2.56
Underweight - percent of children under five years 2.2%

Kuwait Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Kuwait?

Life Expectancy at Birth 77 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 78 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 76 Years
Median Age 28 Years
Median Age - female 26 Years
Median Age - male 30 Years

Kuwait Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Kuwait median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 21
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 2.14
Median Age 28 Years
Median Age - female 26 Years
Median Age - male 30 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population -0.59
Population Growth Rate 1.79%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.08
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.22
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.74
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.42
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.43
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .96

Kuwait Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Kuwait?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

The health care system continues to develop, with many government and private medical facilities available in Kuwait. Medical care at government-run clinics and hospitals is provided at low cost to legal residents of Kuwait. Private physicians and hospitals charge fees for services, and some do not accept local health insurance. Many hospital and clinic services do not compare to U.S. standards.

Kuwait Education

What is school like in Kuwait?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 3.8%
Literacy - female 81.7%
Literacy - male 85.1%
Literacy - total population 93.3%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 15 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 14 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 15 Years

Kuwait Literacy

Can people in Kuwait read?

Literacy - female 81.7%
Literacy - male 85.1%
Literacy - total population 93.3%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Arabic (official), English widely spoken

Kuwait Crime

Is Kuwait a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

The crime threat in Kuwait is assessed as low; however, Kuwait is not crime-free. Although there has not been a rise in crime incidents targeting U.S. citizens, crime overall in Kuwait is steadily increasing according to local media reports. Reports from Westerners of petty theft and vehicle break-ins are crimes of opportunity and usually a result of practicing poor personal security,e.g., not locking vehicle or hotel room doors, exposing money and jewelry, or leaving valuables in plain sight and unattended. However, there have also been reports of harassment and sexual assault, especially of women when traveling out alone. Incidents have occurred in various areas and times to include the Gulf Road, shopping malls, hotels, and in residential neighborhoods.

U.S. citizens should be mindful of cultural and social norms when traveling in Kuwait. To reduce your chances of becoming a victim, practice personal security measures, and share guidance with your family and household members. Female travelers should keep in mind the cultural differences in Kuwait and should be aware that some actions may invite unwanted attention. Modest dress, not engaging in small talk, not making constant eye contact, and maintaining a low profile may deter harassment. As always, call 112 for emergency assistance.

Laws in Kuwait regarding domestic violence are distinctly different than the laws and protections afforded to victims in the United States. Assaults with minor injuries may not be considered criminal acts. Victims of domestic violence often report that they encountered difficulty with making the reports to the police. It is recommended to obtain the services of a private attorney. The Embassy’s List of Attorneys is available on the Embassy website. Social service agencies are few, if any; when they exist it is often only for the benefit of Kuwait citizens.

Travelers should exercise caution with public transportation and check points as police impersonators have been known to use that ruse to lure their victims. Police stations generally do not have female officers or investigators to assist with these cases. While most hospitals will contact a criminal investigator to assist a victim of crime, victims with minor injuries may need to make the initial police report and obtain the required documents for the collection of evidence prior to receiving treatment. The Government of Kuwait does not provide victim’s assistance and there is no rape crisis center or similar service in-country.

The Kuwaiti police accept crime reports at the police station with jurisdiction over the area where the crime occurred. If filing a crime report, it is advisable that the U.S. citizen be accompanied by a person who speaks Arabic or by a local attorney. The Embassy’s List of Attorneys is available on the Embassy website. Filing a crime report can take several hours as a police investigator will take the victim’s statement orally while composing his investigative report. In all cases of abuse, the victim must obtain a medical report from a Kuwaiti hospital.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Kuwait Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Kuwait, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. In some places you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. Persons violating Kuwaiti laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Alcohol is illegal; possession of it or driving under the influence will result in your immediate imprisonment. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Kuwait are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Kuwait, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going. If arrested abroad, a citizen must go through the foreign legal process for being charged or indicted, prosecuted, possibly convicted and sentenced, and for any appeals process.

Within this framework, U.S. consular officers provide a wide variety of services to U.S. citizens arrested abroad and their families. To learn what the Embassy can and cannot do if you are arrested overseas, please see our information on arrests overseas.

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

Individuals arrested for criminal violations in Kuwait are generally taken to the public prosecutor within two business days to determine if there is sufficient evidence for an investigation and may be detained for up to thirty days without a formal filing of charges. Juvenile proceedings are closed to all but court officers.

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