Are your friends and family living in Iraq? Test your local knowledge with these 20 interesting facts about Iraq!
- Iraq is a large, desert country in Western Asia.
- It is bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest and Syria to the west.
- Heading to the sandy dunes of Iraq? Follow the coordinates 33.3333° N, 44.4333°
Flag of Iraq
- The terrain here is mostly broad desert plains, with mountains in the north and east.
- The total land area of Iraq is 168,754 square miles (437,072 square kilometres)…
- …that’s almost twice the size of the UK.
- Iraq’s population was 38.43 million in 2018…
- …that’s around half the UK population!
- Residents here are known as Iraqis.
- The capital is Baghdad; it covers an area of 78.8 square miles (204 square kilometres) and had a population of 6.6 million in 2015.
- Iraqis enjoy a desert climate with cool winters and very hot summers.
- Sand and dust storms can occur for up to 50 days a year in Iraq. Sand storms here can reach around 50 feet high, whilst dust storms have been recorded at an incredible 3,000-6,000 feet high!
- The official languages of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish, although Turkoman, Assyrian and Armenian are also spoken here.
- Iraq has, on occasion, been plagued by swarms of 40-80 million locusts that can travel more than 8 miles per day!
- One of the most venomous snakes in the world, the Saw-Scaled Viper is found in Iraq!
- Iraqi Dinar the official currency here.
- The average life span in Iraq is 70.29 years (2017).
Qalat, Erbil, Iraq
- Iraq grows wheat, rice, barley and vegetables; they also rear cattle.
- Its industry consists of petroleum, chemicals, textiles and construction materials.
- Iraq also exports crude oil.
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