Persia Club Facts


The Persia Club came out with a list of facts you should know about Iran. These are Ramel’s 25 favorites. If you want to read all 50 then read more at the Persia Club.

  1. The earliest archaeological findings from Persia date to the Paleolithic era, 100,000 years ago. By 5000 BCE, Persia hosted sophisticated agriculture and early cities.
  2. Iran is the world’s old­est con­tin­u­ous major civ­i­liza­tion, with his­tor­i­cal and urban set­tle­ments dat­ing back to 4000 BC.
  3. The for­mer name of Iran was Per­sia, which was in use till 1935.
  4. Iran is a big country. It is the 18th largest country in the world, with a total of 1,648,195 Sq km. It is three times the size of Arizona.
  5. Iran is divided into thirty one provinces that are further divided into counties, and subdivided into districts and sub-districts. The provinces are governed by their respective governors.
  6. The population of Iran is near 80 million, making it the 18th most populated country in the world.
  7. Islam is the dominant religion in Iran. Other religions, such as Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and the Baha’i have their fans in Iran.
  8. The Elburz Mountains in the north rise to 5,670 m (18,603 ft) at Mount Damavend. From northwest to southeast, the country is crossed by a desert 1,287 km (800 mi) long.
  9. Iran shares borders with ten coun­tries, namely Arme­nia, Azer­bai­jan, Turk­menistan, Afghanistan, Pak­istan, Oman, United Arab Emi­rates, Kuwait, Iraq and Turkey.
  10. Iran birth rate is 19 births/1,000 population
  11. If you are invited to an Iranian’s house, bring flowers, or pastry to the hosts. When giving a gift, always apologize for its inadequacy!
  12. If you are invited to an Iranian’s house check to see if the host is wearing shoes. If not, remove yours at the door.
  13. Satellite television is banned in Iran, but receiver dishes sit in plain view on top of many houses!
  14. Iran is one of the world’s biggest producers of luxury foods. Iran has world’s best caviar.
  15. Iran first participated in the Olympics in 1948 and has sent athletes to every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for 1980 and 1984. Iran has also participated in the winter Olympics multiple times since 1956.
  16. The Persian Gulf holds 60% of the world’s oil reserves. Iran alone has reserves of 125 billion barrels of oil, or 10% of the world’s total reserves. Iran pumps nearly 4 million barrels of oil each day.
  17. Iran is one of the youngest countries in the world. Approximately 70% of Iran’s population is under the age of 30.
  18. In Iran, couples that want a marriage license are required to take an hour-long lecture on contraception.
  19. Since ancient times, people in Iran have used a water supply system called a qanat (or kanat). It collects underground water and moves it through tunnels to places where people need it.
  20. In Iran, females over the age of 13-15 must wear a hijab in public.
  21. The Persian cat is one of the world’s oldest breeds. They originated in the high plateaus of Iran where their long silky fur protected them from the cold.
  22. Iran experiences four seasons each year. Spring and fall are mild, while winters bring heavy snowfall to the mountains. In the summer, temperatures routinely top 38°C (100°F).
  23. Iran’s majority centrally-planned economy depends upon oil and gas exports for between 50 and 70% of its revenue.
  24. The currency of Iran is the Rial. However, Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices of goods in “Toman”. 1 Toman = 10 Rial
  25. The war between Iran and the Republic of Iraq, lasting from September 1980 to August 1988, was the 20th century’s longest conventional war.

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