Iraqi Culture

Religion

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Iraq is almost homogeneously Islamic. 99% of the population is Muslim, 0.8% is Christian and less than 1% associate with other religions. Interestingly, Iraq is the only Arab state in which Shia Muslims are the majority, making up 60 to 65% of the population.

In Australia, however, the 2011 Census recorded that the majority of Iraq-born people living in Australia are Catholic-Christians (35.7%). Only 32% are Muslim, 11.9% are Assyrian Apostolic, 20.4% affiliate with some other faith and 1.6% are non-religious.
Iraq
  • Population
    38,146,025
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Arabic (official)
    Kurdish (official)
    Turkmen (official)
    Assyrian (official)
  • Religions
    Islam (99%)
    ~ Shi'a (60-65%)
    ~ Sunni (32-37%)
    Christianity (0.8%)
    Other (0.1%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Arab (75-80%)
    Kurdish (15-20%)
    Turkoman, Assyrian or Other (5%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 95
    Individualism 30
    Masculinity 70
    Uncertainty Avoidance 85
    Long Term Orientation 25
    Indulgence 17
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  • Australians with Iraqi Ancestry
    42,881 [2016 census]
Iraqis in Australia
  • Population
    67,352
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Iraq.
  • Average Age
    37
  • Gender
    Male (51.6%)
    Female (48.4%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (35.7%)
    Islam (32%)
    Assyrian Apostolic Christianity (11.9%)
    Other (20.4%)
    No Religion (1.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Iraqi (36.8%)
    Assyrian (20.7%)
    Chaldean (12.4%)
    Other (19.5%)
  • Languages
    Arabic (52.5%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (23%)
    Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (13.5%)
    Kurdish (3.3%)
    Other (7.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (68.1%)
    Not Well (29.9%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (60.9%)
    Victoria (26.6%)
    Western Australia (5.4%)
    Queensland (3.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (43.6%)
    2001-2006 (25.5%)
    2007-2011 (26.9%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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