Transport and infrastructure in IraqOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Iraq with the average of all countries in Asia. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Iraq ranks 101st in the world with 0.06 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 2,272 kilometers long.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 58 km of coastline. In 2019, about 932,728.60 freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 59,623 km. For each of the country's 40.22 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.48 meters. This puts Iraq in 186th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 92 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.
With an average of 7861 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Iraq is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 21.6 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.
In Iraq, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||59,600 km||1,482.33 km||137.05 m|
|Railroads||2,300 km||56.49 km||5.22 m|
|Waterways||5,279 km||131.24 km||12.13 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||14,699,500 km||3,186.29 km||459.66 m|
|Railroads||280,000 km||60.70 km||8.76 m|
|Waterways||260,300 km||56.42 km||8.14 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)