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State of Kuwait

Dawlat al-Kuwayt

Political Status: Constitutional hereditary emirate; independent since June 19, 1961, save for occupation by Iraq from August 2, 1990, to February 26, 1991; draft constitution approved by the sovereign on November 1, 1962, and entered into force January 29, 1963.

Area: 6,880 sq. mi. (17,818 sq. km).

Population: 4,197,000 (2018E—World Bank); 2,916,467 (2018E—U.S, Census).

Major Urban Centers (2018E—World Population Review): KUWAIT CITY (60,064), Al-Ahmadi (637,411), Hawalli (164,212), Salmiya (147,649), Sabah as Salim (139,163).

Official Language: Arabic.

Monetary Unit: Dinar (official rate October 19, 2018: 0.30 dinar = $1US).

Sovereign (Emir): Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-SABAH; inaugurated on January 29, 2006, after unanimous confirmation the same day by the National Assembly, following the abdication on January 24 of Sheikh Saad al-Abdallah al-Salim al-SABAH, who was in ill health. Sheikh ...

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