Country Profile - Iraq

Name: Republic of Iraq

Location: Northwest of the Persian Gulf, in southwest Asia

Time: IST (-) 2 1/2 hrs

Capital: Baghdad

Language: Arabic (official), Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Turkoman (a Turkish dialect), Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic), Armenian

Area: 438,317 sq kms

Population: 30,399,572 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 17 Jul (Republic Day)

Currency: Iraqi Dinar (IQD).

Climate: Summers are very hot and dry. Winters are warm with some rain.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 1 May Labour Day. 14 Jul Republic Day. 3 Oct Iraqi Independence Day

Airline Name: Iraqi Airways (IA)

International Airports: Baghdad (BGW)