Cost of living in Iraq

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12,738 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 8,045 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,256 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,444 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,132 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 969 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,562 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,509 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 820 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1,964 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 22,815 Dinar
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,201 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 998 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 774,042 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 591,327 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 178,615 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 803,957 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 526,049 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 117,662 Dinar
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 34,959 Dinar
40” flat screen TV 347,794 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 162,165 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 8,884 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 5,000 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 26,587 Dinar
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 38,654 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 59,982 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 59,636 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 19,588,600 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 540 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 27,800 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,194 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6,704 Dinar
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 26,516 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 6,383 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3,976 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,587 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,493 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,333 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11,377 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 28,895 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 20,702 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 29,738 Dinar
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 45,529 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 5,671 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,257 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,754 Dinar
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 489,187 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 383 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 71,395 Dinar
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,806 Dinar

Map of Cost of Living in Iraq

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This map shows only the top cities in Iraq. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Prices recently added

  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Basra costs 1,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Basra costs 500 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Basra costs 10,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Basra costs 100,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Basra costs 250,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Basra costs 25,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Basra costs 150,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Basra costs 1,000,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Basra costs 1,500,000 Dinar (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Basra costs 2,000 Dinar (9 days ago)