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Kuwait People

    Population: 1,991,115 (July 1999 est.)
    note: includes 1,220,935 non-nationals (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 32% (male 343,461; female 285,129)
    15-64 years: 66% (male 850,689; female 468,618)
    65 years and over: 2% (male 26,593; female 16,625) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 3.88% (1999 est.)
    note: this rate reflects the continued post-Gulf crisis return of expatriates

    Birth rate: 20.45 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 2.31 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 20.65 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.2 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.82 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 1.6 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.58 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 10.26 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 77.15 years
    male: 75.11 years
    female: 79.3 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 3.34 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Kuwaiti(s)
    adjective: Kuwaiti

    Ethnic groups: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%

    Religions: Muslim 85% (Sunni 45%, Shi'a 40%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%

    Languages: Arabic (official), English widely spoken

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 78.6%
    male: 82.2%
    female: 74.9% (1995 est.)

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