Kuwait facts and figures

Kuwait's National Day
Kuwait's National Day

25 February

Located on the Arabian Peninsula bordering Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Kuwait is one of the most densely populated OPEC Member Countries. The Middle Eastern nation comprises an area of around 18 thousand square kilometres and has a population of just over four million. Its official language is Arabic.

Kuwait has a prosperous economy. Oil and gas sector accounts for about 60 per cent of its gross domestic product and about 95 per cent of export revenues.

The Emir of Kuwait is HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. It is a Founder Member of OPEC.

Did you know?

  • Failaka Island is considered the most beautiful of Kuwait’s islands. Its history dates back to the early Stone Age.
  • In 1938, the Kuwait Oil Company drilled the country’s first commercial oil well in the Al Burqan oilfield. The commercial export of crude oil began in 1946.

Population (million inhabitants) 4.09
Land area (1,000 sq km) 18
Population density (inhabitants per sq km) 227
GDP per capita ($) 42,119
GDP at market prices (million $) 172,350
Value of exports (million $) 104,165
Value of petroleum exports (million $) 97,537
Current account balance (million $) 50,513
Proven crude oil reserves (million barrels) 101,500
Proven natural gas reserves (billion cu. m.) 1,784
Crude oil production * (1,000 b/d) 2,867
Marketed production of natural gas (million cu. m.) 15,029
Refinery capacity (1,000 b/cd) 936
Output of refined petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 918.0
Oil demand (1,000 b/d) 388
Crude oil exports (1,000 b/d) 1,995
Exports of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 751.0
Natural gas exports (million cu. m.) --

* including share of production from Neutral Zone

  • b/d (barrels per day)
  • cu. m. (cubic metres)
  • b/cd (barrels per calendar day)

Source: Annual Statistical Bulletin 2015

  • HE Anas Khaled Al-Saleh

    HE Anas Khaled Al-Saleh

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
    Acting Minister of Oil
    Head of Delegation

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  • Ms. Nawal Al-Fezaia

    Ms. Nawal Al-Fezaia

    Governor for OPEC

  • Mr. Mohammad Khuder Al-Shatti

    Mr. Mohammad Khuder Al-Shatti

    National Representative