• Most of the Irish and Britons have their roots from Iraq and Syria.
    • The Martyr’s Monument in memory of warriors who died in Iran-Iraq War is present here.
    • Iraqis celebrate two New Year’s Days. The first celebration is Muharram on the first month of the Muslim calendar and some celebrate on New Year’s Eve on December 31 of the Gregorian calendar.
    • Mostly arranged marriages happen here.
    • Dance plays an important role in Iraqi culture and  hacha’a, is similar to belly dancing, and the women who dance mostly have a long hair because part of the dance involves swinging her hair to the music.
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    • Use of left hand for eating is considered unclean in Iraq.
    • Masgouf  is Iraq’s National dish and Kleicha is its National cookie.
    • Marrying of first or second cousins are normal in  Iraq.
    • More than 140,00 Iraqis are known to be living in the US



    • Iraq first took part in the Olympic Games in 1948 and has only won one medal .
    • Iraqis are the second largest refugee group seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
    • Taurus and the Zagros are the main mountain chains and nearly 20% of Iraq are mountains.
    • Licorice is a special plant found in Iraq which was used by the warriors as they chew it to prevent them from getting thirsty.
    • Beehiving is there for more than 5000 years in Iraq and Honey is an important source of food and income.
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    • Bricks made of mud was used in constructing buildings.
    • Hardened mud made in to tablets were used by the Sumerians who invented writing.
    • Only  40% of Iraqis can read and write.
    • Iraqis voted in the country’s first democratic elections in January 2005.
    • Soccer is the most popular sport in Iraq.
    • The current Iraqi flag was adopted in 2008
    • Iraq’s population is 97% Muslims.
    • Iraq has more than 112 billion gallons of oil.




    • Arabic and Kurdish are the official languages of Iraq and also  Turkoman , Assyrian, and Armenian are also spoken.
    • The Tigris and the Euphrates have been Iraq’s main water sources for thousands of years.
    • Iraq is shaped roughly like a piece of pie and is almost completely surrounded by land.
    • The highest recorded temperature in Iraq is 124º F. The lowest recorded is 12º F at al-Salman.
    • Iraq is the birthplace of the first accurate calendar
    • Seconds,minutes and hour calculations were invented in Israel.
    • The first accurate calendar, the first maps, and the first schools were all invented in Iraq.
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    • The national bird of Iraq is the Chucker Partridge (Alectoris chukar).
    • The  Baghdad Zoo was the largest zoo in the Middle East  and it had more than  600 animals but after invasion many animals died and sustainable damage happened.
    • Iraq’s highest elevation is Haji Ibrahim (11,834 feet).
    • Iraq’s  lowest elevation is sea level along the Persian Gulf.i
    • Iraq’s longest shared border is with Iran at 906 miles (1,458 km).




  • Most of Iraq is covered by deserts.
  • The Iraq constitution established Islam as the official religion of Iraq in 1968.
  • The famous Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves story  was brought in to words in Iraq 1,000 years ago.

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