Key Figures

Chief of State:
Emir Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah


Government Name:
State of Kuwait
Adopted: 1962; Pillars of the Constitution are the sovereignty of the state, public freedom and equality before the law.
Government Type:
Constitutional Emirate
State of Kuwait Flag
Coat of Arms of State of Kuwait

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2018)

Country Risk Rating

Changes in generally good but somewhat volatile political and economic environment can affect corporate payment behavior. A basically secure business environment can nonetheless give rise to occasional difficulties for companies. Corporate default probability is quite acceptable on average. Source: Coface (2017)

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1

The emir appoints the prime minister, can dissolve parliament, and is the head of state. The prime minister is in charge of executing executive tasks for the emir.

The emir is chosen from within the ruling family and is confirmed by parliamentary vote. The emir then appoints the prime minister and deputy prime ministers.



The constitutional court can dissolve the national assembly and is in charge of interpreting the constitution.

Appointed by the emir upon recommendation of the supreme judicial council.

Until dismissal by executive branch


The national assembly is in charge of creating legislature, approving/disapproving the emir's appointments, and removing the emir from post.

50 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies.

4 years

Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Information not available
Tax Name:
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  1. ElectionGuide
  2. EY,
  3. CIA World Factbook,
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets