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Iraq, Baghdad

Iraq, BaghdadBaghdad is the capital of Iraq. Efforts have been devoted to the restoration and repair of badly damaged urban infrastructure.

Iraq 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 Baghdad is 8.8 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -0.1% for Iraq as at February 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Iraq is progressive up to 15%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Baghdad as at 1 April 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world.

In Baghdad, 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: Low
2) Clothing: Low
3) Communication: Low
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: High
6) Groceries: Low
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: Average
9) Miscellaneous: Low
10) Personal Care: High
11) Recreation & Culture: High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low
13) Transport: Low

Baghdad is for example 3.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 20.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -7% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Baghdad is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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