Cost of living in Iraq

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 13,547 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 8,522 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,454 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,479 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,212 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,150 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,031 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,636 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 910 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1,754 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 22,150 Dinar
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,298 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 924 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 844,895 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 493,240 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 118,091 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 660,105 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 450,400 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 71,761 Dinar
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 40,854 Dinar
40” flat screen TV 350,989 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 118,097 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 5,793 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 7,498 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 42,483 Dinar
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 49,976 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 62,279 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 85,392 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 18,547,000 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 622 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 32,939 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 4,517 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6,667 Dinar
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 23,311 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 4,382 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,372 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,587 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,708 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,855 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 9,689 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 33,966 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 21,355 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 23,922 Dinar
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 48,022 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 8,782 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 6,021 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,494 Dinar
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 690,102 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 135 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 69,888 Dinar
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,420 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.

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