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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.

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


Local short name form

Official name



38 124 182 (2018 estimate) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Iraq - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021

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


(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

Iraq - Date formats


   Note: This section last updated 1st May 2021

Iraq - Languages


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 Iraqi authorities in the areas under their authority. It is the official language in the Kurdish-controlled regions.

Iraq - Personal names and forms of address


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




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


   Note: This section last updated 10th February 2012

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


Iraq - Postal code format

Iraq - Postal code specifics

Iraq - Postal code regular expression


Iraq - Postal code level of coverage


Iraq - Postal code map


Place names in Iraq


   Note: This section last updated 26th July 2016

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


   Note: This section last updated 13th August 2014

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

Administrative districts graphic



  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/iraq/admin/ External 20230115

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