But before we look at key differences when it comes to Iran vs Iraq, let’s get their names right.
Here is how to pronounce their names correctly: Iran is pronounced as “ih-ron”, not “ay-ran”. Iraq is pronounced “ih-rock” not “ay-rack”.
Iran vs Iraq – Where are they located?
Both countries are located in the Middle East and share a common border.
Iran borders Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan and to the west with Turkey and Iraq.
Iraq shares a border with Turkey, Iran, Syria and Jordan, and to the south with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Which country is bigger? Iran or Iraq?
Iran is a much bigger country in land size as you can see based on the map below. The population of Iran is 80 million while Iraq’s population is just 31 million.
What is the Capital City? Iran vs Iraq
The capital city of Iran is Tehran and Baghdad is the capital of Iraq.
Iran vs Iraq The Two Capital Cities are Tehran and Baghdad
What are the Flags of Iran and Iraq?
The flag of Iran is a tricolour comprising equal horizontal bands of green, white and red.
The Takbir (phrase ʾAllāhu ʾakbar, meaning “Allah (God) is the greatest”) in Kufic Script is written in white 22 times on the fringe of the bands. In the middle is a symbol: four curves and a sword in the shape of a water lily. The most popular symbol of the country prior to the Iranian Revolution was the Lion and Sun motif which used to be part of the Iranian flag – sometimes you still see the Iranian flag with Lion and Sun because of this (but usually outside of Iran by Iranian migrants).
The flag of Iraq includes the three equal horizontal red, white, and black stripes of the Arab Liberation flag and in the Kufic script written in the centre is Takbir again.
The red is used to symbolise the courage and struggles of the nation. The black represents both the oppression. The colour white symbolises the future of Iraq and the generosity of its people. Green is a colour that is associated with Islam.
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