Iraqi Culture

Other Considerations

  • Iraqis may have a dark familiarity with war, violence and oppressive authority, and some undertook 3 years of compulsory military service under Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • Iraqis tend to give a great deal of detail about their job and family when first meeting someone and will often stress the achievements of their family. This is not a justification or deflection so much as a validation of their family’s honour (a core value in Arab culture).
  • Iraqis are prone to taking any testimony that you will try to do something as a promise. Therefore, when you are asked to do them a favour, be careful that you either keep your word or are very noncommittal.
  • On all days of the week, Muslims reserve a time in the early morning, midday, afternoon, after sunset and night time to pray.
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Iraq
  • Population
    38,146,025
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Arabic (official)
    Kurdish (official)
    Turkmen (official)
    Assyrian (official)
  • Religion
    Islam (97%)
    - Shi'a (55-60%)
    - Sunni (40%)
    Other, including Christians, Yazidis and Mandeans (3%)
    [Religious Freedoms Report, 2017]
  • Ethnicity
    Arab (75-80%)
    Kurdish (15-20%)
    Turkoman, Assyrian or Other (5%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    95
    30
    70
    85
    25
    17
  • Australians with Iraqi Ancestry
    42,881 [Census, 2016]
Iraqis in Australia
  • Population
    67,352
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Iraq.
  • Median Age
    38 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (51.6%)
    Female (48.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (35.3%)
    Islam (31.4%)
    Assyrian Apostolic Christianity (10.0%)
    Other (17.1%)
    No Religion (2.7%)
    Not Stated (2.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Iraqi (38.3%)
    Assyrian (18.9%)
    Chaldean (15.3%)
    Kurdish (3.0%)
    Other (5.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (51.7%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (21.6%)
    Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (17.5%)
    Kurdish (3.0%)
    Other Languages (5.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 67.2% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (59.8%)
    Victoria (27.7%)
    Western Australia (5.1%)
    Queensland (4.2%)
    Other (3.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (49.2%)
    2007 - 2011 (21.8%)
    2012 - 2016 (26.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
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