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General


Population: 30,399,572 (2011)
Land Area: 437,072 sq km
Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, phosphates, sulfur
Capital: Baghdad
Political System: Parliamentary Democracy
State Leader: Jalal Talabani (2005)
Head of Government: Nouri al-Maliki (2006)
Languages: Arabic, Kurdish, Turkoman, Assyrian, Armenian
Currency: New Iraqi Dinar (NID)
Major Religions: Muslim 97%, Christian or Other 3%
Major Ethnicities: Arab 75-80%, Kurdish 15-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian or Other 5%
Life Expectancy: 70.55 years (2011)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 84.14 billion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 117.7 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 3,600 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 5.5% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 9.7%, Industry 63%, Services 27.3% (2010)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 21.6%, Industry 18.7%, Services 59.8% (2008)
Industries: Petroleum, chemicals, textiles, leather, construction materials, food processing, fertilizer, metal fabrication/processing
Agriculture Products: Wheat, barley, rice, vegetables, dates, cotton; cattle, sheep, poultry
Human Development Index: 0.573 (132nd)
Tourism Revenue: 13 million (1998)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (2009)

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Army Size: 179 800 (2004)
Budget: 8.6% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

Iraq is located in the Middle East. Iraq is bordered by Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey. Iraq was invaded by the United States in 2003, this invasion has had negative and positive effects on the country. The negative effects would be a seemingly unending civil violence and the instability that ensues. However since the invasion Iraq's infrastructure has improved, it is taking advantage of its massive oil reserves and has a parliamentary democracy in place, with the latest local elections being held in relative calm in January 2009. The elections have not provided a clear winner and a competition to form the next government continues.

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Sources

CIA World Factbook: Iraq
The Economist: The World In 2010
Wikipedia: Iraq
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/IRQ.html

Updated on: December 21, 2011