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Country (long form) Republic of Iraq
Capital Baghdad
Total Area 168,754.44 sq mi
437,072.00 sq km
(slightly more than twice the size of Idaho)
Population 23,331,985 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 56,360,779
Languages Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Assyrian, Armenian
Literacy 58.0% total, 70.7% male, 45% female (1995 est.)
Religions Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%
Life Expectancy 65.92 male, 68.03 female (2001 est.)
Government Type transitional democracy
Currency 1 Iraqi dinar (ID) = 1,000 fils
GDP (per capita) $2,500 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum, chemicals, textiles, construction materials, food processing
Agriculture wheat, barley, rice, vegetables, dates, cotton; cattle, sheep
Arable Land 12%
Natural Resources petroleum, natural gas, phosphates, sulfur
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Geography of Iraq

Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, a country in southwestern Asia. It is bounded by Turkey, Iran, the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria.

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History of Iraq

Modern Iraq includes the territory known in ancient times as Mesopotamia. This region, consisting of the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was one of the first centers of civilization.