Capital: Baghdad

Population: 35,818,721 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Iraqi Dinar (IQD)

Official Languages: Arabic, Kurdish

Unofficial Languages: Turkmen, Assyrian, Armenian, and others

Main Religion: Islam

Ethnic Groups: Arab, Kurd, Assyrian, Turkoman, and others

Largest Cities: Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Arbil

Main Sport: Football, Basketball, Boxing

Political System: Parliamentary Democracy

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1) 

Army Day (January 6)

Nowruz (March 21)

Labor Day (May 1)

Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (July 7-9)

Republic Day (July 14)

Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (September 13-16)

Islamic New Year (October 2)

Independence Day (October 3)

Ashura (October 12)

The Prophet’s Birthday (December 12)

Christmas (December 25)

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