Cost of living in Iraq

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 13,949 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 8,590 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,385 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,485 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,106 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,004 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,293 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,562 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 734 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1,671 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 26,059 Dinar
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,192 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 989 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 717,410 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 536,707 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 104,311 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 536,555 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 378,396 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 104,417 Dinar
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 42,953 Dinar
40” flat screen TV 337,653 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 117,273 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 7,288 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 5,000 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 34,793 Dinar
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 43,438 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 65,916 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 69,178 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 18,101,700 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 542 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 22,820 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 4,101 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6,227 Dinar
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 27,547 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 4,382 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,803 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,708 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,761 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,453 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 10,050 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 34,865 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 21,164 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 22,442 Dinar
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 48,566 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 6,571 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,355 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 7,000 Dinar
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 498,312 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 101 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 59,849 Dinar
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,105 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.

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.

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Arbil Governorate costs 50,000 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Arbil Governorate costs 450,000 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Arbil Governorate costs 1,000 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Arbil Governorate costs 1,500 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Arbil Governorate costs 25,000 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Arbil Governorate costs 24,000 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Arbil Governorate costs 16,000 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Arbil Governorate costs 15,000 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Arbil Governorate costs 1,500 Dinar (6 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Arbil Governorate costs 6,000 Dinar (6 days ago)