Travel Information for Kuwait
Time zone:GMT +3 (Kuwait standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Arabic
Currency: Kuwaiti dinars (KWD)

1 = KWD0.33, $1 = KWD0.30, £1 = KWD0.00

(rates as of Aug 2016)

Internet Domain:.kwInternational Dialling Code:    965

For help planning your trip to Kuwait including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Kuwait trip planning page.

Further information on Kuwait

Discover more about Kuwait - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of kuwait

Total area: 17,820 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 499 km (Persian Gulf)

Neighbours (border lengths): Iraq (240km), Saudi Arabia (222km)

Climate: Desert climate with very hot and dry summers and short, cool winters.

Highest mountain: unnamed location (306m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Kuwait from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 120/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 74/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 88/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 67/174
Overall Ranking:    137/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: State of Kuwait     Status: Independent Country

Population: 2,742,711 (rank: 138/196)     Density: 153.9 people/sq km (rank: 54/196)

Ethnic groups: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%

Religions: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shia 30%), other (includes Christian, Hindu, Parsi) 15%

GDP (PPP): $165.8 billion       GDP per capita: $42,100 (rank: 13/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.