Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Kuwait instead of United States, you would:

Health

live 1.8 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Kuwait, that number is 78 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

make 11.3% more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Kuwait, the GDP per capita is $66,200.

be 52.3% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Kuwait, that number is 2.1%.

Life

be 71.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Kuwait, 4.0 women do.

have 53.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Kuwait, there are 19.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 20.7% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kuwait, on the other hand, 7.0 children do.

Expenditures

spend 82.5% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kuwait, that number is 3.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Kuwait, that number is 499 km.

Learn more about Kuwait

Kuwait is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 17,818 sq km. Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in 2009 of four women to its National Assembly. Amid the 2010-11 uprisings and protests across the Arab world, stateless Arabs, known as bidun, staged small protests in February and March 2011 demanding citizenship, jobs, and other benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals. Youth activist groups - supported by opposition legislators - rallied repeatedly in 2011 for the prime minister's dismissal amid allegations of widespread government corruption. Demonstrators forced the prime minister to resign in late 2011. In late 2012, Kuwait witnessed unprecedented protests in response to the Amir's changes to the electoral law by decree reducing the number of votes per person from four to one. The opposition, led by a coalition of Sunni Islamists, tribalists, some liberals, and myriad youth groups, largely boycotted legislative elections in 2012 and 2013 ushering in legislatures more amenable to the government's agenda. Since 2006, the Amir has dissolved the National Assembly on five occasions (the Constitutional Court annulled the Assembly in June 2012 and again in June 2013) and shuffled the cabinet over a dozen times, usually citing political stagnation and gridlock between the legislature and the government.

How big is Kuwait compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.