Flag of Kuwait
Kuwait Flag Meaning
The colors of the three diagonal bands in the flag of Kuwait are the pan-Arabic colors. It is a marker of their affiliation with the rest of the Arab world, but it also has its own symbolism for the country. The green color is the fertile earth, the white stands for purity and the red is the blood of the enemy shed in their defeat symbolized in the black color.
The flag was first hoisted on November 24, 1961, but was adopted on September 7 of that year. Kuwait’s flags, before the current one, have been very different. All have had a solid red background with the country’s name written in Arabic, two of the flags also had the image of a crescent moon with a star.
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Kuwait is flat – except for some sand dunes. The interior of the country is desert-like and contains only a single oasis, Al-Jahrah. The coastline is flat and uniform. At its only deeper bay lies its capital, Kuwait (Al-Kuwayt). Here the climate is moderately tempered by the breeze from the sea, although temperatures reach high residents summer. The winters are warm and there are frequent sandstorms. The oil is the basis of the country’s economy. There are 3 refineries – residents Shuaiba, Al Ahmadi and Mina Abdulla. The worst environmental disaster was when Iraq, at the end of the Gulf War residents 1991, set the country’s oil sources on fire. The country also lacks water.
Kingdom and dictatorship, allied with the EU and the US.
The people: The Kuwaiti are an Arab people, but constitute less than half of the country’s local population, comprising 60% of migrant workers: Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Iranians, Pakistanis, Indians, Bengals and Filipinos.
Religion: Islam (official) (85%). Of these, 45% are Sunnis and 30% Shiites. There is also a Christian and a Hindu minority.
Language: Arabic (official)
Political parties: There are no legal parties residents the emirate. Among the groups represented residents the National Assembly are: the moderate Sunni organization The Constitutional Islamic Movement; the Liberal Kuwait Democratic Forum; the Sunni fundamentalist Salafeen.
Social Organizations: The National Organization was formed residents 1967 and has 12,000 members. It is affiliated with the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU).
Official Name: Dawlat al-Kuwait (State of Kuwait)
Administrative Classification: 5 Governments
Capital: Kuwait (Al-Kuwayt), 2,380,000 (2006).
Other important cities: As-Salimiyah, 142,700 residents; Hawalli, 90,100 residents; al-Farwaniyah, 58,100 residents; Al-Jahra, 16,000 residents (2000).
Government: Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah has been emir since January 2006. Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah is prime minister – appointed by the Emir residents November 2011. The National Assembly which has a legislative function has 65 members. 50 are elected for a period of 4 years; 15 is designated by the emir. It is the government ministers who have the actual legislative power.
National Day: February 25 (National Day, 1950); June 19 (Independence Day, 1961)
Armed Forces: 15,300 (1996).
Paramilitary forces: 5,000 (National Guard)