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Kuwait: Population by nationality (Kuwaiti/non-Kuwaiti), sex and administrative region (governorate) of residence (December 2015)

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Nationality Kuwaiti Non-Kuwaiti Total
Governorate Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female  Total
Capital Governorate 115,876 122,394 238,270 186,478 121,675 308,153 302,354 244,069 546,423
Hawalli  Governorate 110,279 113,565 223,844 397,090 294,568 691,658 507,369 408,133 915,502
Al-Ahmadi Governorate 136,924 140,079 277,003 448,343 153,081 601,424 585,267 293,160 878,427
Al-jahra Governorate 90,434 94,966 185,400 203,449 128,657 332,106 293,883 223,623 517,506
Al-Farwaniya Governorate 112,987 118,967 231,954 675,892 225,710 901,602 788,879 344,677 1,133,556
Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate 74,637 76,238 150,875 50,149 41,487 91,636 124,786 117,725 242,511
Not Stated  145 114 259 2,863 1,959 4,822 3,008 2,073 5,081
Total 641,282 666,323 1,307,605 1,964,264 967,137 2,931,401 2,605,546 1,633,460 4,239,006

 Source: PACI


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.
(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 having 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).

2. Institution which provides data

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: December 2015

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 ( (English); (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.
The “publications” section also proposes a selection of data tables processed thematically in downloadable Excel and PDF format (English and Arabic):
The present data is in the “Population” file.

Date of access: May 2016

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