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Kuwait: Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwait), sex, age group and marital status (December 2014)

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KuwaitiS
Never Married Married Divorced Widowed Not Stated Total
Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female
15-19 66,955 60,432 347 3,718 35 241 0 4 85 83 67,422 64,478
20-24 48,290 35,111 10,739 20,504 901 2,461 1 33 32 20 59,963 58,129
25-29 19,874 14,346 29,662 33,555 2,755 4,862 11 114 35 25 52,337 52,902
30-34 6,626 7,368 34,496 33,972 2,873 5,003 26 294 72 32 44,093 46,669
35-39 2,954 4,598 31,211 30,915 2,462 4,703 72 523 68 38 36,767 40,777
40-44 1,851 3,622 27,824 27,313 2,083 4,369 86 924 49 33 31,893 36,261
45-49 1,201 2,578 24,407 23,811 1,840 4,085 113 1,460 39 36 27,600 31,970
50-54 826 1,879 19,375 18,511 1,419 3,374 159 2,097 18 56 21,797 25,917
55-59 423 1,239 14,018 14,265 908 2,326 248 3,152 20 39 15,617 21,021
60-64 240 763 10,174 9,244 577 1,437 266 4,091 10 29 11,267 15,564
>64 306 713 17,109 10,666 911 1,929 1,543 12,899 26 62 19,895 26,269
Total 149,546 132,649 219,362 226,474 16,764 34,790 2,525 25,591 454 453 388,651 419,957

 

Non-Kuwaitis
Never Married Married Divorced Widowed Not Stated Total
males females males females males females males females males females males females
15-19 38,886 33,751 508 2,440 5 84 1 2 5,368 5,134 44,768 41,411
20-24 66,394 30,883 29,851 24,402 145 685 11 34 5,538 3,938 101,939 59,942
25-29 145,543 53,828 119,632 89,132 645 1,751 56 125 1,897 1,126 267,773 145,962
30-34 158,023 39,745 152,104 102,115 1,313 2,273 79 233 624 88 312,143 144,454
35-39 124,538 29,503 158,070 92,879 1,532 2,103 99 362 1,316 160 285,555 125,007
40-44 92,318 21,585 131,097 70,477 1,578 1,787 115 540 798 142 225,906 94,531
45-49 60,638 13,381 111,383 52,756 1,699 1,522 124 660 423 93 174,267 68,412
50-54 29,655 6,015 78,979 31,050 1,294 1,175 113 847 162 43 110,203 39,130
55-59 11,743 2,187 56,038 17,238 937 734 137 984 83 25 68,938 21,168
60-64 2,660 844 30,251 9,339 583 396 143 1,067 34 6 33,671 11,652
>64 842 556 20,788 7,847 517 433 613 3,574 9 17 22,769 12,427
Total 731,240 232,278 888,701 499,675 10,248 12,943 1,491 8,428 16,252 10,772 1,647,932 764,096

Source: PACI

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Characteristics of data and definitions

The source of data used here is the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), an independant government body in charge of :
1- centralising all population and labour force data in order to manage a fully computerised population register
2- issuing mandatory civil identification cards to every resident of the country, regardless of age and nationality.

The other source of demographic and socioeconomic data on Kuwait is the Central Statistical Office (CSO), operating within the Planning Ministry. The CSO has conducted ten population and housing censuses since its inception in 1957.
Since 1995 a marked discrepancy was witnessed between PACI’ and CSO’ population figures. PACI’ database is connected electronically with other administrations and bodies registering demographic events and professional/ residency issues (births and death; departures and arrivals; end of service, residency and ID deliveries, etc.).
PACI’s records of residents’ movements is thus regularly updated, which limits the risk of population overcount. Therefore, it is more likely that residents were undercounted during CSO- Ministry of Planning’s census operations (see: Shah, N. Population of Kuwait. Structure and Dynamics, Kuwait: Kuwait University Academic Publication Council, 2010, chapter 1).

(a) Kuwaiti: the Kuwaiti nationality rests upon a document of Kuwaiti nationality or a certificate proving Kuwaiti nationality issued by the Ministry of Interior of Kuwait.

(b) Non-Kuwaiti: his/ her nationality is determined by the name of the State which issued the passport. The foreign national also entered Kuwait legally and has a stamp of residence.
This category includes the Bidoon, a category of stateless persons living in the Emirate. Kuwait’s Bidoon population originates from three broad categories:
1) those whose ancestors failed to apply for nationality or lacked necessary documentation at the time of Kuwait’s independence in 1961;
2) those recruited to work in Kuwait’s army or police force during the 1960s who permanently settled in Kuwait, along with their families;
3) children of Kuwaiti mothers and stateless or foreign fathers (see Human Rights Watch. Prisoners of the Past. Kuwaiti Bidun and the Burden of Statelessness, June 2011, p. 3).
(The children of Kuwaiti mothers and non-Kuwaiti fathers (with specific nationality) inherit the father’s nationality. They are stateless if the father is stateless).

(c) Nationality group: collected according to the nationality of the head of the household.
Nationalities are grouped according to specific features common to certain population subgroups: language, geographic origin, etc. or according to internationally recognized categories such as: (Arab / non-Arab Asian countries / non-Arab African countries; European countries … etc.).

2. Institution which provides data

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: 31 December 2014

The database is updated three times a year and the website presents only the most recent data.

4. Data availability

The statistics section of PACI’s website (http://www.paci.gov.kw/en/ (English); http://www.paci.gov.kw/ (Arabic)) provides population and socio-economic data broken down by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti). Some data are displayed by nationality groups.
Analytical tables and data crosstabulations are available for download in PDF, html, .png and Excel (.csv) formats.

Date of access: April 2015

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