Cost of living in Iraq

Summary of cost of living in Iraq

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,176,791 Dinar
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,478,498 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 8,494 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 7,299 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5,115 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,562 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,902 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,000 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,689 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,033 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 928 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3,376 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 17,812 Dinar
2 liters of coca-cola 1,353 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,103 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,150,780 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 685,960 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 239,233 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 687,702 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 365,450 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 156,166 Dinar
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 33,471 Dinar
40” flat screen tv 492,291 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 139,491 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 11,536 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 6,744 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 36,636 Dinar
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 72,833 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 96,719 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 100,904 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 22,331,000 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 612 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 40,947 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 6,686 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 14,067 Dinar
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 25,000 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 5,000 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3,996 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5,397 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,252 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,656 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 8,809 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 24,416 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 24,908 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 42,697 Dinar
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 53,886 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 10,104 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,911 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 5,558 Dinar
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 693,561 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 468 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 53,963 Dinar
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,923 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Iraq

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Sulaymaniyah 84
2nd Baqubah 67
3rd Arbil Governorate 67
4th Baghdad 62

Price 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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