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Volume :11 Issue : 44 1985      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

VITAL STATISTICS IN THE STATE OF KUWAIT

Auther : By: Dr. Amal A. Al-Sabah

The vital events of birth, death, marriage and divorce which are among the basic principles of census help greatly in analyzing the demographic characteristics of population and their relationship to the economic, social, cultural and health conditions. They are also the basic tools of future planning for social, economic, health and cultural development.

This paper includes four parts: The first part is a historical survey of the countries adopting the system of registration and how other countries issued laws for such purpose. The system of registration varies from one country to another to the extent that it is not known at all in some countries.

The second part deals with vital statistics in Kuwait and the historical development of registering the birth and death information for both Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis. The year 1972 can be considered the beginning of the use of accurate reliable statistics. This part also, deals with the law that was passed in other to regulate the documentation of births and deaths of Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis. An analysis of the causes of death, both locally and internationally are caused. The third part covers the problems facing the accurate application of the system of birth and death registration in spite of the efforts of the authorities in collecting the required data. These problems may be due to the demographic nature of Kuwait where 59.9% of the population in 1985 is expatriates. Hence, complete data may be difficult to get. Although most of the problems related to deaths and births have been solved, those of marriage and divorce are not.

The fourth part is about marriage and divorce Statistics in Kuwait. Through a historical survey, the errors made in collecting such data are analyzed. It is shown that the year 1972 was the beginning of serious interest in accurate data about the phenomenon of both birth and death cases.

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