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Kuwait
INTRODUCTION
1. Geography
2. Political situation
a. Rulers
3. Defense
4. Economy
a. Figures
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Media
8. Demographics
9. Religions
a. Freedom
10. Peoples
11. Languages
12. Human rights
13. History
14. Cities and Towns



























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Index / Languages
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Languages



Languages
Figures in 1000.
Semitic 2,220 83.0%
Arabic
2,200 82.0%
Gulf
1,600 59.0%
Najdi
300 11.0%
Egyptian
200 7.4%
South Levantine
100 3.7%
Mehri
20 0.7%
Iranian 90 3.3%
Kurdish
N/A N/A
Northern
N/A N/A
Other 380 14.0%
Other
380 14.0%

The daily language of Kuwait is Arabic, but due to a large presence of foreign workers, English is widely used.
English is an important subject on the Kuwaiti school curriculum, and Kuwaitis in general have good conduct of it.

Arabic
The native dialect to Kuwait is Gulf Arabic, but in Kuwait it is called Khaliji. Gulf Arabic is spoken by about 5 million from Kuwait to Oman. It is f.x. the native dialect to the United Arab Emirates.
Najdi Arabic is also to some extent native to Kuwait, being one of the main dialects native to Saudi Arabia.
Other Arabic dialects belong to foreign workers who have no right to obtain citizenship; they include in particular Palestinians who speak South Levantine, and Egyptians speaking Egyptian.

Mehri
Mehri is the language of certain Omani immigrants.

Other languages
The group of others include several immigrant groups, like Balochis, Indians, Pakistanis and Philippines. Main languages are Persian; Malayalam; Telugu; Tamil; Hindi; Urdu; Bengali; and Filipino.




By Tore Kjeilen