Cost of living in Iraq

Summary of cost of living in Iraq

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 2,562,222 Dinar
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,087,056 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 13,400 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 10,558 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,481 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,351 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,863 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,038 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,134 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,548 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 893 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,247 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 21,299 Dinar
2 liters of coca-cola 1,264 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,073 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 656,494 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 471,608 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 145,257 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 574,418 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 417,668 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 184,470 Dinar
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 30,632 Dinar
40” flat screen tv 304,598 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 158,604 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 7,427 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 37,232 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 28,600 Dinar
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 33,143 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 65,558 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 68,069 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 14,274,800 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 578 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 38,788 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 9,367 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6,951 Dinar
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 23,313 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 6,920 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,832 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,795 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,388 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,711 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 8,380 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 19,266 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 19,069 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 38,732 Dinar
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 54,058 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 5,353 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3,229 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,429 Dinar
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 648,024 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 271 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 43,218 Dinar
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,486 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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