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General


Population: 32,585,692 (2014), 31,858,481 (2013)
Land Area: 437,072 sq km
Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, phosphates, sulfur
Capital: Baghdad
Political System: Parliamentary Democracy
State Leader: Jalal Talabani (April 6th 2005)
Head of Government: Nouri al-Maliki (May 20th 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: 71.42 years (2014), 71.14 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 221.8 billion (2013), 212.5 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 249.4 billion (2013), 242.5 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 7,100 (2013), 7,200 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 4.2% (2013), 8.4% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 3.3%, Industry 64.6%, Services 32.1% (2013)
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: 0.642 (120th)(2014), 0.590 (131st)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 13 million (1998)
Unemployment Rate: 16% (2012)

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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.

(2014) Iraq's economy was recovering steadily until the Islamic State rebels seized a large portion of Iraq's territory including the important city of Mosul. The Iraqi government's inability to resist this incursion by Sunni Islamic Rebels as called into question their resolve and the degree of control they had over the country. International efforts are being stepped up in order to prevent further Islamic State gains. A new government should be established before the end of 2014 which should be more inclusive of both Sunni and Shia Iraqis.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Iraq
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: Iraq
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/IRQ.html

Updated on: September 21st, 2014