Iraqi Kurdistan

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Kurdistan Region

Herêma Kurdistanê  (Kurdish)
هه‌رێمی کوردستان  (Kurdish)
إقليم كردستان  (Arabic)
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Coat of arms
Anthem: Ey Reqîb
"Oh Enemy"
Template:Legend-line      Kurdistan Region      Disputed incorporated territory      Other claimed and controlled territory      Other claimed territory      Rest of Iraq
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  •      Kurdistan Region
  •      Disputed incorporated territory
  •      Other claimed and controlled territory
  •      Other claimed territory
  •      Rest of Iraq
Location of Iraqi Kurdistan
StatusAutonomous region
Capital
and largest city
Erbil (Hewlêr)
36°11′N 44°00′E / 36.183°N 44.000°E / 36.183; 44.000
Official languagesKurdish (Sorani)
Arabic[1]
Recognized languagesAssyrian Neo-Aramaic, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Armenian, Turkish[2][3]
Religion
Islam (Sunni and Shia), Christianity, Yazdânism, Zoroastrianism[4]
Demonym(s)Kurd
Kurdistani
GovernmentParliamentary democracy
• President
Vacant
Nechirvan Barzani
LegislatureParliament
Establishment
• Accord signed
March 11, 1970
• De facto autonomy
October 1991
• Regional government established
July 4, 1992
January 30, 2005
• Independence vote held in favor
September 25, 2017
Area
• Total
46,861 km2 (18,093 sq mi)
Population
• 2017 estimate
5,754,770 [5][a]
GDP (nominal)2016 estimate
• Total
$23.6 billion[6]
• Per capita
$7,700 [6]
HDI (2014)0.750[7]
high
CurrencyIraqi dinar (IQD)
Time zoneUTC+3 (GMT)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+3 (not observed)
Driving sideright
Calling code+964
Internet TLD.krd
  1. ^ Only the population of the official territory consisting of the Iraqi governorates of Duhok, Erbil, Sulaymaniya and Halabja

Iraqi Kurdistan, also known as Northern Iraq,[8][9] is an autonomous region in the north of Iraq. Its capital is Erbil, called Hewlêr in Kurdish.

The area is 80,000 km² and 5,500,000 people live there.

Geography[change | change source]

The numbers show Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan is a mountain region, where the highest point is 3.611 meters, known as Cheekha Dar. The biggest lake is Dukan.

Iraqi Kurdistan is divided into 6 provinces.

  • Three of the provinces that are under control of Iraqi Kurdistan are:

1.As Sulaymaniyah (Silemanî)

2.Arbil (Hewlêr)

3.Dahuk (Duhok)

  • The provinces that are a part of Iraqi Kurdistan are:

4.Diyala

5.Kirkuk

6.Ninawa

Demographics[change | change source]

The population in Iraqi Kurdistan is about 5-6 million. Most of these people are Sunni Muslims. There are also many Yazidis, Kakeyís and Christians. Kurds make the ethnic majority in the region while the Turkmen, Aramean, Assyrians, Armenians and Arabs make up the rest of the western part of the area.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kurdistan Regional Government: The Kurdish language, 27 June 2010, Retrieved 21 July 2017
  2. "Armenian recognized official language in Iraqi Kurdistan". news.am.
  3. "The Kurdish language". cabinet.gov.krd.
  4. "Religions in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region of Iraq". Kurdistan regional government. 2015.
  5. "KRSO". Krso.net. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Investment Factsheet Kurdistan Region – Iraq" (PDF). Iraq-jccme.jp. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  7. "Iraq Human Development Report 2014" (PDF). Ophi.org.uk. Iraq. 2014. p. 29.
  8. "region northern Iraq".
  9. Kurdish: هەرێمى كوردستان‎, Herêma Kurdistan, Arabic: إقليم كردستان العراق