International Cost of Living Calculators

We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

Expat Salary: Detailed international cost of living and salary comparison.

Cost of Living Comparison: Determines allowance based on cost of living difference.

International Cost of Living Index: COLI's for multiple locations using home base.

International Assignment: Global Mobility using build-up approach.

Hypothetical Tax: Effective tax rate for any country in the world.

Register Now
Mobility Calculators

Do you need a Cost of Living Comparison Calculator?

The global cost of living calculators have been created to compare the cost of living in every country and major city in the world, to help you manage short and long term assignments (page down for a description of each cost of living calculator):

Cost of Living Allowance
Cost of Living Index
International Assignment Management
Salary Purchasing Power Parity
Hypothetical Tax Calculator
Register Now

International Cost of Living Calculator Pricing

7 Day Subscription = $39 USD$ per location (minimum of 2 locations required)

Annual Subscription = $89 USD$ per location (minimum of 2 locations required)

See below for full details

No more waiting

Reports within minutes

Register Now
Articles & Rankings

Cost of Living Articles and Rankings

-International City Cost of Living Rankings

-Regional Cost of Living Rankings (Africa;
America; Asia Pacific; Europe; Middle East)

-Latest Inflation Rates around the world

-Latest Personal Income Tax Rates

-Cost of Living Rankings by Basket

-Articles related to cost of living
and expatriate life

Register Now
Cost of Living Reviews

Cost of Living Reviews by City and Country for 780 International Locations

Use the map below or page down


International Cost of Living Help

Use our search box OR
look for your question in the list below

Is your question not here?

Email it to us at:


and we will get back to you

Register Now
Iraq, All Areas

Iraq, All AreasIraq is in the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait. The climate is mostly desert with mild to cool winters and dry, hot, cloudless summers. The northern mountainous regions along the Iranian and Turkish borders experience cold winters with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring, sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq.

The official language is Arabic. Kurdish is predominately spoken in the north. English is the for the reconstruction and humanitarian activities, but travelling with an Arabic speaker is advised. The main religion is Islam.

The economy of Iraq is dominated by the oil sector, which has traditionally provided about 95% of foreign exchange earnings. There have been attempts by the international community to improve and repair the infrastructure of Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion, when much was destroyed.

Business dress for expatriate businessmen is a suit, while women should dress modestly. The working week is Sunday to Thursday.

The security risk for expatriates in Iraq is extremely high. Risks include kidnapping (particularly of expatriates) by armed terror groups, militant attacks, suicide attacks, roadside bombings, and shootings, as well as violent crime including carjacking, robbery, rape and murder.

The currency of Iraq is the Iraqi Dinar (IQD).

Medical facilities are limited. Serious medical emergency would require evacuation. Cholera has been reported.

The population of Iraq is 37.2 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -0.8% for Iraq as at May 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Iraq is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 15%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Iraq as at 1 July 2019 is very low in comparison to other places in the world.

In Iraq, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low
2) Clothing: Very Low
3) Communication: Low
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: High
6) Groceries: Very Low
7) Healthcare: Very Low
8) Household Accommodation: Very Low
9) Miscellaneous: Very Low
10) Personal Care: Average
11) Recreation & Culture: Very High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low
13) Transport: Very Low

Iraq is for example -29.4% cheaper than USA for groceries, -38.5% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 32.9% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Iraq is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Iraq for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Iraq) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Iraq? Register subscribe to your home location and Iraq and run your personalised reports.