Iraq : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$53.93 billion (2011 est.)
$43.92 billion (2010 est.)


$82.77 billion (2011 est.)
$51.76 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

5.6% (2011 est.)
2.4% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

15% (2010 est.)
15.3% (2009 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$3,900 (2011 est.)
$3,700 (2010 est.)
$3,700 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

5.5% (2010 est.)
4.5% (2009 est.)
7.8% (2008 est.)

Internet users

325,900 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

24 million (2009)

Population growth rate

2.345% (2012 est.)


31,129,225 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration.

In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932.

A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003.

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Economic overview

An improved security environment and an initial wave of foreign investment are helping to spur economic activity, particularly in the energy, construction, and retail sectors.

Broader economic improvement, long-term fiscal health, and sustained increases in the standard of living still depend on the government passing major policy reforms and on continued development of Iraq's massive oil reserves.

Although foreign investors viewed Iraq with increasing interest in 2010, most are still hampered by difficulties in acquiring land for projects and by other regulatory impediments.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Risk Service Iraq November 2013 Updater

Country Risk Service Iraq November 2013 Updater

  • $ 595
  • Country report
  • November 2013
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

OVERVIEW The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the political situation in Iraq to remain highly unstable. Violence has spiked since April to the highest levels since 2008. The weakness of the national ...

  • Countries : Iraq

PRS Group

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

  • $ 882
  • Country report
  • April 2014
  • by PRS Group

Country Forecasts is a 480-page perfect-bound volume published in April and October. This publication provides a four-page summary of forecasts and data for each of the 100 countries monitored by Political ...

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Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: Iraq

D&B Country Insight Report: Iraq

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • March 2014
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country's overall political, economic ...

  • Countries : Iraq


Middle East and North Africa - ISA Risk Forecasts

Middle East and North Africa - ISA Risk Forecasts

  • $ 249
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed risk forecasts for each country within the region. Risk assessments are made in a number of fields, including domestic and international political risk, domestic and international ...

  • Countries : Africa, Asia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, World, Yemen, Syrian Arab Republic, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Bahrain, Tunisia, Sudan, Morocco, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Egypt, Algeria, Oman, Iraq

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Iraq

Country Economic Forecasts > Iraq

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • September 2014
  • by Oxford Economics

Iraqi government forces have struggled to retake any territory seized by IS. But the decision by the US and its western allies (at the request of Baghdad) to launch airstrikes on IS could mean that the ...

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