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In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Description: Kuwait

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Kuwait, a land of extremes, experiences some of the most challenging climatic conditions. During the summer, Kuwait becomes one of the hottest places on Earth. Last summer, temperatures soared to a blistering 53.2°C (127.7°F). Scientists predict that by the end of this century, being outdoors in Kuwait City could be life-threatening due to extreme heat. – adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Kuwait

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 31 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Kuwait has failed to diversify its economy or bolster the private sector, because of a poor business climate, a large public sector that employs about 74% of citizens, and an acrimonious relationship between the National Assembly and the executive branch that has stymied most economic reforms. The Kuwaiti Government has made little progress on its long-term economic development plan first passed in 2010.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $65,800 (2017 est.)

GDP – composition by sector of origin

agriculture: 0.4% (2017 est.)

industry: 58.7% (2017 est.)

services: 40.9% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 1.1% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: N/A

Maternal mortality rate: 12 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 6.5 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 78.6 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 2.65 physicians/1,000 population (2015)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Kuwait

[accessed 11 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 31 December 2020]

The discovery of oil in 1934 transformed the economy. Kuwait's enormous oil reserve of 94 billion barrels and huge quantities of natural gas have provided the base for an economic presence of worldwide significance. The Kuwaiti standard of living was among the highest in the Middle East and in the world by the early 1980s.

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