If you lived in Iraq instead of Australia, you would:


live 9.9 years less

In Australia, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2022. In Iraq, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2022.


pay a 66.7% lower top tax rate

Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Iraq, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

make 82.0% less money

Australia has a GDP per capita of $51,100 as of 2022, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2022.

be 4.1 times more likely to be unemployed

In Australia, 3.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Iraq, that number is 15.3% as of 2022.


have 94.3% more children

In Australia, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Iraq, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 25.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Australia, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Iraq, 76.0 women do as of 2020.

be 6.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Australia, approximately 3.0 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Iraq, on the other hand, 19.6 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 49.0% less likely to have internet access

In Australia, approximately 96.0% of the population has internet access as of 2021. In Iraq, about 49.0% do as of 2021.


spend 23.0% less on education

Australia spends 6.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Iraq spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

spend 52.3% less on healthcare

Australia spends 10.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2020. In Iraq, that number is 5.1% of GDP as of 2020.


see 99.8% less coastline

Australia has a total of 25,760 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Ministry of Finance.

Iraq: At a glance

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 437,367 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.
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