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Kuwait Geography 2017
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SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Kuwait Geography 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Location:
Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Geographic coordinates:
29 30 N, 45 45 E

Map references:
Middle East

Area:
total: 17,818 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 17,818 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 158

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than New Jersey
Area comparison map: slightly smaller than New Jersey

Land boundaries:
total: 475 km
border countries (2): Iraq 254 km, Saudi Arabia 221 km
[see also: Land boundaries country ranks ]

Coastline:
499 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate:
dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters

Terrain:
flat to slightly undulating desert plain

Elevation:
mean elevation: 108 m
[see also: Mean Elevation country ranks ]
elevation extremes: lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m highest point: unnamed elevation 306 m

Natural resources:
petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas

Land use:
agricultural land: 8.5% arable land 0.6%; permanent crops 0.3%; permanent pasture 7.6%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 0.4%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 91.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
105 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population - distribution:
densest settlement is along the Persian Gulf, particularly in Kuwait City and on Bubiyan Island; significant population threads extend south and west along highways that radiate from the capital, particularly in the southern half of the country

Natural hazards:
sudden cloudbursts are common from October to April and bring heavy rain, which can damage roads and houses; sandstorms and dust storms occur throughout the year but are most common between March and August

Environment - current issues:
limited natural freshwater resources; some of world's largest and most sophisticated desalination facilities provide much of the water; air and water pollution; desertification

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: Marine Dumping

Geography - note:
strategic location at head of Persian Gulf


NOTE: The information regarding Kuwait on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Kuwait Geography 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Kuwait Geography 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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