Cost of living in Iraq

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12,500 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 8,730 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,477 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,484 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,113 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,051 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,479 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,549 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 781 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1,706 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 23,794 Dinar
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,200 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 916 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 771,352 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 494,935 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 90,457 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 325,934 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 71,761 Dinar
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 41,164 Dinar
40” flat screen TV 337,881 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 118,097 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 6,600 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 6,954 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 34,395 Dinar
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 43,302 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 55,117 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 73,026 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 19,060,400 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 521 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 27,453 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,902 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 7,333 Dinar
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 23,700 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 4,382 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,745 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,558 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,397 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,854 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 9,240 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 36,509 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 20,683 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 51,419 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 8,764 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,591 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 7,000 Dinar
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 510,189 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 113 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 64,445 Dinar
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 2,895 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 liter of whole fat milk in Arbil Governorate costs 2,000 Dinar (5 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Arbil Governorate costs 3,500 Dinar (5 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Arbil Governorate costs 6,000 Dinar (5 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Arbil Governorate costs 13,000 Dinar (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Baghdad costs 250,000 Dinar (5 days ago)