Economic Trivia

Kuwait has crude oil reserves of about 102 billion barrels - about 7% of world reserves.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2018): China, United Arab Emirates, and United States
Top 3 Exported Goods (2018): Oil & Mineral Fuels, Organic Chemicals, and Motor Vehicles & Parts

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Petroleum; Petrochemicals; Cement; Shipbuilding and Repair

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $213,933,110,528 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.246% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $51,708 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 66/196 (2018)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 1.092% (2019)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 13% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -8.52% (2018)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 6.837% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $24,049,115,228 (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,424,534 (2019)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 2.011% (2019)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 24.384% (2019)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 73.605% (2019)
Unemployment Rate 2.182% (2019)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $61,556,291,391 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $79,774,834,437 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 76.648% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) ($21,377,569) (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $7,560,892,447 (2018)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Kuwait’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank