Flag of Kuwait

Kuwait Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesKW, KWT
Official NameState of Kuwait
CapitalKuwait City
Government TypeUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
CurrencyKuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
Calling Code+965
Member OfUnited Nations, Arab League, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
PopulationApproximately 4.3 million (as of 2023)
Total AreaApproximately 17,818 square kilometers
Highest PointMutla Ridge (306 meters or 1,004 feet)
Lowest PointPersian Gulf (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaEstimated at around $30,000 USD (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyEstimated at around 75 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.kw

Kuwait National Anthem

Al-Nasheed Al-Watani

Kuwait, my country, may you be safe and glorious!
May you always enjoy good fortune!
You are the cradle of my ancestors,
Who put down its memory.
With everlasting symmetry, showing all eternity,
Those Arabs were heavenly, Kuwait, my country,
May you be safe and glorious!
May you always enjoy good fortune!

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Kuwait Flag

The flag of Kuwait, adopted on September 7, 1961, replaced the red flag used under British protection. This change coincided with Kuwait’s independence from Britain in June 1961. The current flag is a significant symbol of the nation’s sovereignty and identity.

The design consists of a horizontal tricolor of green, white, and red with a black trapezoid based on the hoist side. Each color carries its own meaning: green symbolizes the fertile land, white denotes peace, red signifies the blood shed in Kuwait’s fight for liberation, and black represents the defeat of the enemy.

This flag reflects Kuwait’s Pan-Arab colors, which are shared by several other Arab nations. These colors were popularized by the Arab Revolt against Ottoman rule during World War I and are based on a verse by Safi al-Din al-Hilli: “White are our deeds, black our battles, green our fields, and red our swords.”

Kuwait’s flag has played an important role in the nation’s history, especially during the Iraqi invasion in 1990. During the invasion and subsequent Gulf War, the flag became a symbol of resistance and national pride. Following the liberation in 1991, it was raised again, marking a significant moment of triumph and resilience in Kuwait’s history.

The flag’s design, devoid of traditional emblems, adopts a modern and unique composition, standing out among the flags of the world. It not only signifies the country’s past struggles and achievements but also represents its aspirations and commitment to peace and stability in the region.