Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Iraq
  • A federal parliamentary republic
  • Independence: 1932 (from UK)
  • Current constitution: 2005
  • Capital city: Baghdad (pop. 6.643 million)
  • Population: 37,056,169
  • Divided into 18 governorates
  • Official languages: Arabic and Kurdish
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Economy: based on oil sector
  • Literacy rate: 79.7%
  • Current weather conditions:  www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • Chief of state: President Fuad Malum (since 2014) – president elected by Council of Representatives (parliament)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi (since 2014)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 50/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 37.49/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 74.85 years
  • Health expenditures: 5.2% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.61/1000
  • Hospital bed density: 1.3/1000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: less than 0.1%
  • Infectious disease risk: intermediate
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, avian influenza
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]


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