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About Iran in detail
Where is Iran?
Iran, in case if you are looking on the map under the Coordinates 35 42 N 51 25 E otherwise in Middle East, in Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan.
What is the capital city of Iran?
The capital city of Iran is: Tehran.
What is the time in Tehran?
It is 8.5 hours ahead of Washington, D.C. during Standard Time, the timezone of Tehran is: UTC+3.5.
What is the Internet code for Iran?
The Top Level Domain (TLD) for Iran is: .ir
What is the size of Iran?
The territory of Iran is total: 1,648,195 sq km; land: 1,531,595 sq km, water: 116,600 sq km.
If we want to describe the size of the territory of Iran is almost 2.5 times the size of Texas; slightly smaller than Alaska.
If we would like to walk around and discover Iran, we can do that by covering the distance of total: 5,894 km.
What is the water coverage of Iran?
We have mentioned already on this website, that what percentage of Iran is covered by water (see below), and this includes 2,440 km; note - Iran also borders the Caspian Sea (740 km) coastline.
What is the climate like in Iran?
The climate of Iran is mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast.
Geographical data of Iran
The elevation of Iran; mean elevation: 1,305 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: Caspian Sea -28 m, highest point: Kuh-e Damavand 5,671 m.
The typical geographical details of Iran include rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts.
If we would like to describe the countries location from a different point of view, it is safe to say, and easy to read from a map, Iran is strategic location on the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, which are vital maritime pathways for crude oil transport.
Resources and land use of Iran
The country’s main mined products are petroleum, natural gas, coal, chromium, copper, iron ore, lead, manganese, zinc, sulfur. The population partly uses the earlier highlighted land territory and partly left in its natural state: agricultural land: 30.1%; arable land 10.8%; permanent crops 1.2%; permanent pasture 18.1%; forest: 6.8%; other: 63.1% (2011 estimate).
Population data of Iran
The number of inhabitants of Iran is 82,801,633 (July 2016 estimate).
If we examine the proportion of population distribution, it is safe to say that population is concentrated in the north, northwest, and west, reflecting the position of the Zagros and Elburz Mountains; the vast dry areas in the center and eastern parts of the country, around the deserts of the Dasht-e Kavir and Dasht-e Lut, have a much smaller population density.
If we are looking at the proportion of the urbanized and barely populated areas, these are the figures: urban population: 73.4% of total population (2015).
Most of the population in Iran is concentrated in TEHRAN (capital) 8.432 million; Mashhad 3.014 million; Esfahan 1.88 million; Karaj 1.807 million; Shiraz 1.661 million; Tabriz 1.572 million (2015).
Ethnicity in Iran
According to ethnicity details, the ethnic groups in this country are the following: Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes.
Spoken languages in Iran
The spoken languages in Iran are the following: Persian (official language), Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects, Kurdish, Gilaki and Mazandarani, Luri, Balochi, Arabic, other.
What are the most important religions in Iran?
During the general census, researchers examine the churches, according to this: Muslim (official) 99.4% (Shia 90-95%, Sunni 5-10%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian) 0.3%, unspecified 0.4% (2011 estimate).
Further population data of Iran
The proportion of gender and age tells a lot about the society as follows 0-14 years: 23.65% (male 10,037,814 / female 9,546,710) 15-24 years: 16.57% (male 7,041,801 / female 6,675,656) 25-54 years: 47.59% (male 20,085,331 / female 19,319,933) 55-64 years: 6.79% (male 2,770,618 / female 2,855,362) 65 years and over: 5.4% (male 2,052,541 / female 2,415,867) (2016 estimate). It also a significant factor in a society the population growth rate, which in the case of Iran is 1.18% (2016 estimate).
The population growth rate is based on two elements, the birth, and the death rate. In Iran the birth rate is 17.8 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate), the death rate 5.9 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).
In this day and age in the developed societies, the first child borns later compared to the previous centuries and decades, so the childbearing is extended. In Iran the average age of mothers at the first childbirth is .
In the best case scenario despite the fact that the birth of the children is postponed, the parents are still able to see their kids grow as the life expectancy is also extended. In the case of Iran, these figures are . With the introduction of modern medicine, the vaccinations and the proper hygienic conditions, the infant mortality rate is in a steep decline. The infant mortality statistics in Iran are the following: . Relevant data is the budget of healthcare, which is in the case of this country is 6.9% of GDP (2014).
Economic data of Iran
If we would like to describe a country, we also have to mention its economy; Iran's economy is marked by statist policies, inefficiencies, and reliance on oil and gas exports, but Iran also possesses significant agricultural, industrial, and service sectors. The Iranian government directly owns and operates hundreds of state-ownedPrivate sector activity includes small-scale workshops, farming, some manufacturing, and services, in addition to medium-scale construction, cement production, mining, and metalworking. Significant informal market activity flourishes and corruption is widFiscal and monetary constraints, following the expansion of international sanctions in 2012 on Iran's Central Bank and oil exports, significantly reduced Iran's oil revenue, forced government spending cuts, and sparked a sharp currency depreciation. Iran’In June 2013, the election of President Hasan RUHANI generated widespread public expectations of economic improvement and greater international engagement. Almost three years into his term, RUHANI has achieved some success, including reining in inflation.
GDP is an important figure as all the relevant calculations and statistics are based on it. GDP in Iran is $412.3 billion (2015 estimate).
An another important indicator is the rate of the GDP growth, which in Iran is 4.5% (2016 estimate) 0.4% (2015 estimate) 4.3% (2014 estimate).
These statistics are affecting the world economy, remember in 2015 when the Chinese real GDP growth rate was worse than expected; The world markets fall, and the Chinese stock exchange was temporally suspended.
A further major factor of a country’s economy, the GDP per capita. In Iran this is $18,100 (2016 estimate) $17,600 (2015 estimate) $17,700 (2014 estimate).
In the case of the economy, the Trinity is in common places, such as agriculture, industry, and services.
What are the agricultural products Iran produces?
The main agricultural products of Iran are wheat, rice, other grains, sugar beets, sugarcane, fruits, nuts, cotton; dairy products, wool; caviar.
Regarding the economy, the important segments are petroleum, petrochemicals, gas, fertilizers, caustic soda, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food processing (particularly sugar refining and vegetable oil production), ferrous and nonferrous metal fabrication, armaments. The crucial and regularly mentioned GDP is based on petroleum, petrochemicals, gas, fertilizers, caustic soda, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food processing (particularly sugar refining and vegetable oil production), ferrous and nonferrous metal fabrication, armaments.
Drinking water source in Iran
It is important to mention, that - thanks to the development of the infrastructure -, the rate of potable water improved: urban: 97.7% of population, rural: 92.1% of population, total: 96.2% of population. Unimproved: urban: 2.3% of population, rural: 7.9% of population, total: 3.8% of population (2015 estimate).
Average number of childbirth in Iran
In Iran the average number of childbirth is 1.83 children born / woman (2016 estimate).
Population, median age, migration, and citizenship in Iran
The average age of the population is total: 29.4 years; male: 29.1 years, female: 29.7 years (2016 estimate). The age of adulthood varies in every country of the world in Iran it is 18 years of age, universal.
In this age when we are experiencing an unprecedented scale of migration and globalization, it is an important factor the number of new coming immigrants. In Iran is -0.1 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate). It is important to know, how to apply for citizenship: citizenship by birth: no. Citizenship by descent only: the father must be a citizen of Iran. Dual citizenship recognized: no. Residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years.
Is Iran a safe destination? Healthcare services and contagious diseases in Iran
Many of the travelers are looking into the healthcare services and contagious diseases of their destinations. In Iran density of the hospital beds is 0.1 beds / 1,000 population (2012).
According to WHO rating regarding contagious diseases in Iran the degree of risk: intermediatefood or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrheavectorborne diseases: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (2016).
However, the HIV is not curable but maintainable. Let’s do not forget when the disease surfaced it was a world threatening condition. Unfortunately, in some countries, it is still very high the number of infected patients and fatalities as a result of the disease.
In Iran the number of HIV/AIDS deaths: .
Regarding tourism the obesity, not an important issue, but we have to mention among the health statistics, as it is the plague of the 20th and the 21st century. The rate obese adults in Iran is 24.9% (2014).
What are the natural hazards Iran? Is there any?
The most known natural risks in Iran are periodic droughts, floods; dust storms, sandstorms; earthquakes.
More interesting facts about Iran
A few words about the past, as every country and society its connected to its history; Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and Shah Mohammad Reza PAHLAVI was forced into exile. Conservative clerical forces led by Ayatollah Ruhollah KHOMEINI established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority vested in a learned religious scholar referred to commonly as the Supreme Leader who, according to the constitution, is accountable only to the Assembly of Experts - a popularly elected 86-member body of clerics. US-Iranian relations became strained when a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held embassy personnel hostages until mid-January 1981. The US cut off diplomatic relations with Iran in April 1980. During the period 1980-88, Iran fought a bloody, indecisive war with Iraq that eventually expanded into the Persian Gulf and led to clashes between US Navy and Iranian military forces. Iran has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its activities in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world and remains subject to US, UN, and EU economic sanctions and export controls because of its continued involvement in terrorism and concerns over possible military dimensions of its nuclear program. Following the election of reformer Hojjat ol-Eslam Mohammad KHATAMI as president in 1997 and a reformist Majles (legislature) in 2000, a campaign to foster political reform in response to popular dissatisfaction was initiated. The movement floundered as conservative politicians, supported by the Supreme Leader, unelected institutions of authority like the Council of Guardians, and the security services reversed and blocked reform measures while increasing security repression.Starting with nationwide municipal elections in 2003 and continuing through Majles elections in 2004, conservatives reestablished control over Iran's elected government institutions, which culminated with the August 2005 inauguration of hardliner Mahmud AHMADI-NEJAD as president. His controversial reelection in June 2009 sparked nationwide protests over allegations of electoral fraud. These protests were quickly suppressed, and the political opposition that arose as a consequence of AHMADI-NEJAD's election was repressed. Deteriorating economic conditions due primarily to government mismanagement and international sanctions prompted at least two major economically based protests in July and October 2012, but Iran's internal security situation remained stable. President AHMADI-NEJAD's independent streak angered regime establishment figures, including the Supreme Leader, leading to conservative opposition to his agenda for the last year of his presidency, and an alienation of his political supporters. In June 2013 Iranians elected a moderate conservative cleric Dr. Hasan Fereidun RUHANI to the presidency. He is a longtime senior member in the regime, but has made promises of reforming society and Iran's foreign policy. The UN Security Council has passed a number of resolutions calling for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and comply with its IAEA obligations and responsibilities, and in July 2015 Iran and the five permanent members, plus Germany (P5+1) signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under which Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Iran held elections in 2016 for the Assembly of Experts (AOE) and Majles, resulting in a conservative-controlled AOE and a Majles that many Iranians perceive as more supportive of the RUHANI administration than the previous, conservative-dominated body.
In every nation's memory, there are cornerstones that placed the country on the timeline of history. The date of declaration of independence of Iran: 1 April 1979 (Islamic Republic of Iran proclaimed); notable earlier dates: ca. 550 B.C. (Achaemenid (Persian) Empire established); A.D. 1501 (Iran reunified under the Safavid Dynasty); 1794 (beginning of Qajar Dynasty); 12 December 1925 (modern Iran established under the PAHLAVI Dynasty).
The flag and other symbols of Iran
The colors, symbols, and animals on the flag usually have a historical background or related to an important milestone or memory of the nation.
This case is not an exception either, three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red; the national emblem (a stylized representation of the word Allah in the shape of a tulip, a symbol of martyrdom) in red is centered in the white band; ALLAH AKBAR (God is Great) in white Arabic script is repeated 11 times along the bottom edge of the green band and 11 times along the top edge of the red band; green is the color of Islam and also represents growth, white symbolizes honesty and peace, red stands for bravery and martyrdom.
Apart from the flag, the symbol of the national unity is the national anthem. The main purpose of the anthem is to share the nation's core values, endeavors, and the patriotic feelings.
National symbols of Iran: lion; national colors: green, white, red.
Constitution of Iran
The existence of the nation based on the constitution. Some constitutions knew around the world, like the U.S. Constitution that accepted on 17th of September 1787, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of the United States of America.
It is not related to the declaration of independence that was stolen by Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure 🙂
What is the legal system of Iran?
Most of the times, the legal system of a country is in the focus of lawyers. It is a common fact that there are two main approaches in the world, “the law in books” and “the law in action.”
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the practice is the “law in action” while in the rest of the world where the law based on Roman law, the “law in books.”
The legal system of Iran is religious legal system based on secular and Islamic law.
It was Aristotle, who founded Theory of 3 separations of powers. In his view, these are the council of public affairs, the magistrates, and the justice system. In the age of enlightenment was the time when terminologies have defined, the way we still use them. In most of the democratic countries, the three authorities separated from each other. In dictatorships, the authorities usually interweaved in one hand.
About the legislative branch of Iran, we can highlight the following structures unicameral Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majles-e Shura-ye Eslami or Majles (290 seats; 285 members directly elected in single- and multi-seat constituencies by two-round vote, and 1 seat each for Zoroastrians, Jews, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians, Armenians in the north of the country, and Armenians in the South; members serve 4-year terms); note - all candidates to the Majles must be approved by the Guardians Council, a 12-member group of which 6 are appointed by the supreme leader and 6 are jurists nominated by the judiciary and elected by the Majleselections: first round held on 26 February 2016 with second round for 68 remaining seats held on 29 April 2016; (next full Majles election to be held in 2020)election results: percent of vote by coalition - List of Hope 37.2%, Principlists Grand Coalition 25.9%, People's Voice Coalition 4.5%, joint Hope/People’s Voice 4.1%, joint People’s Voice/Principlist 0.3%, religious minorities 1.7%, independent 26.4%; seats by coalition - List of Hope 108, Principlists Grand Coalition 75, People's Voice Coalition 13, joint Hope/People’s Voice 12, joint People’s Voice/Principlist 1, religious minorities 5, independent 76.
About the unemployment rate, labor force, and poverty line in Iran
One of the major problems of the 21st-century economy is the unemployment. Governments are struggling to maintain a low level of the unemployment rate, but as a result of automation, the cheap 3rd world labor and the outsourcing of workflow, these attempts are failing. In Iran the labor force is 29.75 million (2016 estimate). Please bear in mind that the population in Iran is total: 37.1 deaths / 1,000 live births; male: 37.6 deaths / 1,000 live births, female: 36.5 deaths / 1,000 live births (2016 estimate) - as we already mentioned above.
The rate of unemployment in Iran is 10.7% (2016 estimate).
It is widely known that the gap between the rich and poor is widening on an enormous scale.
According to the 2017 shocking Oxfam report, the richest eight people’s fortune is equal to the fortune of the poorest half of the world's population.
In Iran, the income of the households and consumption compared to the entire population: lowest 10%: 2.6% highhest 10%: 29.6% (2005).
Another widely used indicator is the so-called GINI index, which measures the inequalities of statistical dispersion, but mainly used for measuring the sharing of income and fortune.
The GINI index is named after its founder Corrado Gini an Italian economist. Gini index has grades between 0-1, but often it is used on a percentage basis. It is 0 if the examined criteria territorial distribution is equal. It is one if the criteria is concentrated on the territory. In Iran the GINI index is .44,5 (2006).
The states usually set up a poverty line, which is more or less is a subjective measure. It varies by country its base is often the minimum pension, the incomes of the poorest 20 percent, the X percent of income per capita Etc.
In Iran the people living under the poverty line is lowest 10%: 2.6% highhest 10%: 29.6% (2005).
About the budget and central governments debt of Iran
Available budget mainly defines the state's economy. The budget of Iran is; revenues: $65.87 billion, expenditures: $72.29 billion (2016 estimate). Taxes and other revenues are 16% of GDP (2016 estimate).
The budget deficit (Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)) is .
The fiscal year in Iran is 21 March - 20 March.
In country’s economy, we have to consider the public debt. Public debt is the consolidated sum of the state local, federal and central governments debt.
Inflation rate and prime lending rate in Iran
A few further interesting and important economic data are the fallowing; Inflation rate: 8% (2016 estimate), 13.7% (2015 estimate) and the rate of the Commercial bank prime lending rate: 13% (31 December 2016 estimate).
Export/import partners and data of Iran
Iran, with the export of products, industrial tools, and other services, generates revenue. The export value in Iran is: $87.52 billion (2016 estimate), $64.6 billion (2015 estimate). The total revenue of these activities: petroleum 80%, chemical and petrochemical products, fruits and nuts, carpets, cement, ore.
The most important imported products are: industrial supplies, capital goods, foodstuffs and other consumer goods, technical services, and the countries from where the import is coming: UAE 39.6%, China 22.4%, South Korea 4.7%, Turkey 4.6% (2015).
Renewable energies used in Iran
As an attempt to suppress the pollution of the environment, renewable energies has to replace the fossil energy. The more the proportion of renewable energies in a country means more effort against the pollution. Iran, the indicator of how much of country’s produced energy is coming from hydroelectric source is 12.4% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
To indicate how much another renewable energy is produced is the 0.8% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
Telecommunication data of Iran, calling code
To maintain the economy, the development of a reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is crucial. We can say the following about Iran; currently being modernized and expanded with the goal of not only improving the efficiency and increasing the volume of the urban service but also bringing telephone service to several thousand villages not presently connecteddomestic: heavy investment by Iran's state-owned telecom company has greatly improved and expanded both the fixed-line and mobile cellular networks; a huge percentage of the cell phones in the market have been smuggled into the countryinternational: country code - 98; submarine fiber-optic cable to UAE with access to Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) fiber-optic line runs from Azerbaijan through the northern portion of Iran to Turkmenistan with expansion to Georgia and (2015).
Transport infrastructure in Iran
In the 21st century, we often say that the world has become small and there are no distances anymore. With widespread air travel when (sometimes) there are no visa restrictions, it is easy to reach other countries, but in case the distance is not too long, we can also use railway or water transportation.
The number of airports in Iran: 319 (2013), and the number of heliports: 26 (2013).
The total length of the roadways in Iran: total: 198,866 km, paved: 160,366 km (includes 1,948 km of expressways), unpaved: 38,500 km (2010).
The total length of the waterways in Iran: 850 km (on Karun River; some navigation on Lake Urmia) (2012).
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Facts & data about Iran
Name of the country: conventional long form: Islamic Republic of Iran, conventional short form: Iran, local long form: Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran, local short form: Iran, former: Persia, etymology: name derives from the Avestan term "aryanam" meaning "Land of the noble [ones]".
|Abbrevation: Iran||Geographic coordinates:
32 00 N, 53 00 E
|Country location: Middle East|
|Capital of Iran: Tehran||GPS of the Capital:
35 42 N 51 25 E
|Position: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan|
|Land area: total: 1,648,195 sq km; land: 1,531,595 sq km, water: 116,600 sq km||Terrain: rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts
||Area comparative: almost 2.5 times the size of Texas; slightly smaller than Alaska|
|Population: 82,801,633 (July 2016 estimate)||Population grow rate: 1.18% (2016 estimate)||Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s) / female, 0-14 years: 1.05 male(s) / female, 15-24 years: 1.05 male(s) / female, 25-54 years: 1.04 male(s) / female, 55-64 years: 0.97 male(s) / female, 65 years and over: 0.86 male(s) / female, total population: 1.03 male(s) / female, (2016 estimate)|
|Exports: $87.52 billion (2016 estimate), $64.6 billion (2015 estimate)||Imports: $62.12 billion (2016 estimate), $52.42 billion (2015 estimate)||Import partners: UAE 39.6%, China 22.4%, South Korea 4.7%, Turkey 4.6% (2015)|
|Urbanization: urban population: 73.4% of total population (2015)||Major urban area(s): TEHRAN (capital) 8.432 million; Mashhad 3.014 million; Esfahan 1.88 million; Karaj 1.807 million; Shiraz 1.661 million; Tabriz 1.572 million (2015)||Median age: total: 29.4 years; male: 29.1 years, female: 29.7 years (2016 estimate)
|Internet users: total: 36.07 million. Percent of population: 44.1% (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (fixed lines): total subscriptions: 30,418,973. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 37 (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (mobile, cellular): total: 74.219 million. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 91 (July 2015 estimate)|
|Unemployment rate: 10.7% (2016 estimate)||Nationality: Iranian(s) adjective: Iranian||National holidays: Republic Day, 1 April (1979)|
|Life expectancy at birth: total population: 71.4 years. Male: 69.8 years, female: 73.1 years (2016 estimate)||Total fertility rate: 1.83 children born / woman (2016 estimate)||Birthrate: 17.8 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate)|
|Literacy: age 15 and over can read and write. Total population: 86.8%; male: 91.2%, female: 82.5% (2015 estimate)||Legal system: religious legal system based on secular and Islamic law||Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal|
|Industries: petroleum, petrochemicals, gas, fertilizers, caustic soda, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food processing (particularly sugar refining and vegetable oil production), ferrous and nonferrous metal fabrication, armaments||Industrial production growth rate: 4.5% (2016 estimate)||GDP real growth rate: 4.5% (2016 estimate) 0.4% (2015 estimate) 4.3% (2014 estimate)|
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