Travel Information for Iraq
Time zone:GMT +3 (Iraq standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Arabic, Kurdish
Other languages:Armenian, Assyrian, Turkoman
Currency: Iraqi dinars (IQD)

1 = IQD1331, $1 = IQD1193, £1 = IQD1587

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.iqInternational Dialling Code:    964

For help planning your trip to Iraq including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Iraq trip planning page.

Further information on Iraq

Discover more about Iraq - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of iraq

Total area: 437,072 sq km (4,910 sq km under water)

Coastline: 58 km (Persian Gulf)

Neighbours (border lengths): Iran (1,458km), Jordan (181km), Kuwait (240km), Saudi Arabia (814km), Syria (605km), Turkey (352km)

Climate: Mostly desert climate with very hot and dry summers and short, cool winters between December and February. Northern mountainous regions have cold winters with heavy snow falls.

Highest mountain: unnamed peak (3,611m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Iraq from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 111/167
Economic FreedomNo Data -
Press FreedomDifficult situation 154/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 170/174
Overall Ranking:    180/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Iraq     Status: Independent Country

Population: 32,585,692 (rank: 39/196)     Density: 74.5 people/sq km (rank: 105/196)

Ethnic groups: Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian, or other 5%

Religions: Muslim 97% (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%

GDP (PPP): $249.4 billion       GDP per capita: $7,100 (rank: 113/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.