The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.
Chapter 23: Kuwait's Families
Kuwait: An Introduction
Description of Kuwait
The State of Kuwait is located at the northwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. The total population is a little more than 2 million (Table 23.1). Kuwait was founded as a state under the rule of the Sabah clan in 1760. Kuwait's constitution declared that it is an independent Arab country, adopting a democratic system. The Kuwaiti government provides a comprehensive welfare system for all its citizens, which includes free education (university included), free health services, social services, jobs for every Kuwaiti who seeks employment, practically free housing for low-income Kuwaitis, subsidized water, electricity, telephone services, gas, transportation, and basic nutritional foods—without levying any form of taxes on income, state, property, inheritance, or even sales. Kuwait does ...