Cost of living in Iraq

Summary of cost of living in Iraq

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,026,939 Dinar
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,349,765 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 12,794 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 8,807 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,499 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,648 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,648 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 795 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,309 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,224 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 708 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3,017 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 18,913 Dinar
2 liters of coca-cola 1,293 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,000 Dinar
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,051,850 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 442,541 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 170,475 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 959,012 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 462,480 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 193,634 Dinar
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 37,376 Dinar
40” flat screen tv 404,361 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 269,057 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,440 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 9,282 Dinar
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 22,181 Dinar
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 53,250 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 52,700 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 69,936 Dinar
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 33,441,300 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 621 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 59,883 Dinar
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 4,056 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 8,011 Dinar
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 20,964 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 18,784 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7,191 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 3,052 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 2,717 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 2,984 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 10,179 Dinar
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 21,381 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 17,595 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 31,358 Dinar
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 65,044 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 13,369 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,171 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 6,230 Dinar
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 831,408 Dinar
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 123 Dinar
1 month of gym membership in business district 65,148 Dinar
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,984 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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