Kalar (Kurdish:کهلار, Kelar ) is a town in Iraqi Kurdistan located on Sirwan (Diyala) river, to the east of Kifri and to the west of Qasri Shirin and Sarpol Zahab in Kermanshah Province in east Kurdistan. Part of the twin towns of Smud-Kalar, Smud was renamed Rizgari after the 1991 Kurdish uprising against the Ba'ath party. The neighborhood of Smud was a relocation camp for Kurdish people under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Kalar now is in a continuous progression toward further urban expansion, infrastructural growth and economic booming, due to its location which connects Iraq, Iran and Kurdistan together,Kalar can be considered as one of the most expensive place in the entire region, economists have classified Kalar's properties as more expensive than many other advanced countries including USA.
The majority of residences in Kalar are fluent in Arabic and Persian beside their mother language Kurdish.
The University of Garmian, a satellite campus of University of Sulaymaniyah, majors in agriculture.beside many of other departments university of Garmian is the first scientific center in the area which provides Geographic Information System laboratory for post graduated students.