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Iraq FlagLocation: Middle East, bordering the Arabian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait

Geography:strategic location on Shatt al Arab waterway and at the head of the Arabian Gulf

Area:  total: 437,072 sq km, land: 432,162 sq km, water: 4,910 sq km.

Capital: Baghdad.

Industries: petroleum, chemicals, textiles, leather, construction materials,food processing, fertilizer, metal fabrication/processing.

Languages: Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Turkoman (a Turkish dialect), Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic), Armenian.

National Holiday: Republic Day, July 14 (1958); note - the Government of Iraq has yet to declare an official national holiday but still observes Republic Day.

Currency (Code):  New Iraqi dinar (NID) as of 22 January 2004.

Population: 29,671,605 (July 2010 est.).

Labor force: 8.5 million (2008 est.).

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