Cost of living in Iraq

Summary of cost of living in Iraq

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 2,831,223 Dinar
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,382,501 Dinar
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 7,947 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 9,146 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,506 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,433 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,444 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 953 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,647 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,289 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 796 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,545 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 20,344 Dinar
2 liters of coca-cola 1,385 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 975 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,001,590 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 755,170 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 123,374 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 540,872 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 416,277 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 146,199 Dinar
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 47,035 Dinar
40” flat screen tv 289,933 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 132,738 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 5,410 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 17,209 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 29,378 Dinar
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 45,300 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 82,483 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 65,310 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 20,553,100 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 587 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 61,789 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,938 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 5,479 Dinar
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 25,000 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 3,518 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2,961 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 3,739 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,598 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,767 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11,411 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 22,261 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 17,246 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 37,928 Dinar
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 61,624 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 9,392 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,118 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,658 Dinar
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 363,903 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 121 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 78,476 Dinar
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,155 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.

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