Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Iraq

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IRAQ
IRAQ

War in Iraq and simmering internal strife has left some services disrupted. The northern part of Iraq is under the de facto control of Kurdish groups. Large swathes of northern and weatern Iraq are now under the control of the Islamic State.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Iraq - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

964

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

IRQ

Internet country code

IQ

GRC Country Code

IRQ

Iraq - Number format

   1,234.45

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Iraq - Date formats

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   dd/mm/yyyy

Iraq - Languages

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23 languages are spoken in Iraq. The national language is Mesopotamian Spoken Arabic External (11 500 000 speakers). There are 5 400 000 speakers of North Mesopotamian Spoken Arabic External; 100 000 speakers of Neo-Aramaic Chaldean External and 227 000 speakers of Western Farsi External; 2 785 500 speakers of Kurdi (Kurdish) External. The use of Kurdish is highly discouraged by the Iranian authorities in the areas under their authority. It is the official language in the Kurdish-controlled regions.

Iraq - Personal names and forms of address

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In Iraq, Sayeda tends to be used for both married and unmarried women rather than Anissa (“Miss”). In other respects, Arabic conventions in naming and forms of address are followed. Women tend to take their husband’s family name upon marriage.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Iraq - Example address formats

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The Iraqi government has changed the address format to place the postal code at the bottom of the address block. For Baghdad, the neighbourhood name may be used instead of the city name.

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Iraq - Postal codes

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Iraq has postal codes which are a block of 5 digits. They are not used commonly. The Iraqi government has initiated a project to modernize Iraq’s postal services, which is likely to include a reinvigorated postal code system, though the postal code will retain the same 5-digit structure, identifying region, province, delivery type and post office. Some postal codes will be used for large-users.

Wikipedia: List of postal codes in Iraq External

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Iraq - Postal code format graphic

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Iraq - Postal code format

Iraq - Postal code specifics

Iraq - Postal code regular expression

\A((10|31|32|34|36|41|42|44|46|51|53|54|56|58|61|62|64|66)\d{3,3})\Z

Iraq - Postal code level of coverage

2

Iraq - Postal code map

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Place names in Iraq

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Refer to Exonyms in Iraq for full lists of place names in Iraq in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External

Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Iraq - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

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Iraq has 19 provinces/governorates External (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah). These are:

Province Postal code range
Al Anbar External 31
Al Basrah External 61
Al Muthanna External 66
Al Qadisiyah External 58
An Najaf External 54
Arbil External 44
As Sulaymaniyah External 46 (shared with Halabja)
At Ta’mim External 36
Babil External 51
Baghdad External 10
Dahuk External 42
Dhi Qar External 64
Diyala External 32
Halabja External 46 (shared with As Sulaymaniyah)
Karbala’ External 56
Maysan External 62
Ninawa External 41
Salah ad Din External 34
Wasit External 52

This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External


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All information copyright Graham Rhind 2017. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.