Iraqi Culture

Population Statistics

Iraq

Population

38,146,025

[July 2016 est.]

Language

Arabic [official]

Kurdish [official in the Kurdish Autonomous Region]

Turkmen

Syriac including Assyrian, Chaldean and Mandean Neo-Aramaic languages

Armenian

Religion

Islam 99%
– Shi'a 64%
– Sunni 29%
Christianity including Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean and Armenian Catholicism, Assyrian Church of the East and Armenian Apostolic Church 0.8%
Other including Yazidis and Mandeans 0.2%

[2015 est.]

Ethnicity

Shi'a Arab

Sunni Arab

Kurdish

minorities include Turkmen, Shabak, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Armenians, black Iraqis and Roma

 

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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