77 Facts About Iran

1. Iran is one of the countries with the worst freedom of the press situation, ranking 164th out of 180 countries on the Press Freedom Index.

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2. In 2016, Iran made global headlines for international female champions boycotting tournaments in Iran in chess and in shooting (Indian world champion Heena Sidhu), as they refused to enter a country where they would be forced to wear a hijab.

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3. Iran has the world's second largest proved gas reserves after Russia, with 33.6 trillion cubic metres, and the third largest natural gas production after Indonesia and Russia.

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4. Iran has been an Islamic theocracy since the Pahlavi monarchy was overthrown on Feb 11, 1979.

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5. In October 2009 Hugo Chavez announced that Iran was helping Venezuela in uranium exploration.

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6. Iran has held a series of meetings with a group of six countries: China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States.

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7. In March 2009 Iran announced plans to open the Bushehr nuclear power plant to tourism as a way to highlight their peaceful nuclear intentions.

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8. On 9 April 2007, Iran announced that it has begun enriching uranium with 3 000 centrifuges, presumably at Natanz enrichment site.

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9. Since then, Iran has offered not only to ratify the Additional Protocol, but to implement transparency measures on its nuclear program that exceed the Additional Protocol, as long as its right to operate an enrichment program is recognized.

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10. Iran has declared it has a right to peaceful nuclear technology under the NPT, despite Security Council demands that it cease its nuclear enrichment.

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11. In February 2005, Iran pressed the EU-3 to speed up talks, which the EU-3 refused to do so.

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12. At the time, Iran was not even required to inform the IAEA of the existence of the facility.

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13. In 1992 Iran invited IAEA inspectors to visit all the sites and facilities they asked.

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14. In 1985, Iran began to put pressure on France in order to recover its debt from the Eurodif's investment and to get the enriched uranium delivered.

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15. Iran is a distinctly Muslim country, with Shiism constituting one of the central components of national identity and culture.

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16. In the north Iran meets the Caspian Sea, and in the south, the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.

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17. Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran has faced international and regional power struggles that have led to armed conflict.

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18. Iran is in southwest Asia, covering an area slightly larger than Alaska.

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19. As an Islamic republic, Iran has religious clerics who provide oversight to ensure that policies, laws, and elected officials operate in accordance with Islamic law.

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20. In 2004, Iran produced about 4.1 million barrels of oil per day.

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21. Iran is a constitutional Islamic republic, governed by executive and legislative branches that derive national leadership primarily through the Muslim clergy.

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22. Iran has a unicameral legislature called the Majlis, which has 290 members.

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23. Iran is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on Child Abduction.

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24. Iran has cultural ties to elements of the populations of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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25. In 1981, Iran supported a plot to overthrow the Bahrain Government.

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26. In 1961, Iran initiated a series of economic, social, and administrative reforms that became known as the Shah's White Revolution.

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27. Iran has supported the UN since its inception, and a number of UN programs in health, development, population, and the preservation of cultural antiquities are active.

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28. Iran is the only nation in the Middle East that uses the solar calendar.

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29. Iran is located in southwestern Asia, largely on a high plateau situated between the Caspian Sea to the north and the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to the south.

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30. Iran is a Middle Eastern country in Southwest Asia.

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31. Iran has major areas of coastal wetlands, including those bordering the Caspian Sea.

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32. Iran is located in southwestern Asia between the Cash2an Sea and Persian Gulf, in the region known as the Middle East.

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33. In 1995, Iran had approximately 87,000 miles of roadway.

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34. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has isolated itself from most of the world in an attempt to protect itself from non-Muslim values and influences.

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35. Iran is commonly misperceived as an Arab country, but in truth, its Arab population comprises only 3 percent of its ethnic identity.

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36. In an offensive in May 1982 Iran recaptured the strategic town of Khorramshahr, and its forces entered Iraq.

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37. Iran is occupied by British and Soviet forces at the start of World War II, prompting the shah to abdicate in favor of his son, Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi.

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38. Iran is a founding member of the Asian Clearing Union, established in 1974 to provide a mechanism for the settlement of transactions among countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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39. In 1996, Iran signed an agreement worth US$20 billion to supply gas to Turkey over a 22-year period.

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40. Iran has dozens of islands in the Persian Gulf, many of which are uninhabited but used as bases for oil exploration.

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41. In 1975, Iran began negotiating investments through the United Nations Development Programme in developing nations.

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42. Until the early 1970s, Iran rarely participated in foreign businesses.

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43. In 2005, Iran had exports of $55.42 billion, and imports of $42.5 billion.

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44. In 2005, Iran produced 2.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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45. In 2005, Iran had estimated net exports of 2.7 million barrels of oil per day, the second-largest exporter in the Persian Gulf region.

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46. In 2005, Iran had proven oil reserves of 125.8 billion barrels.

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47. At the end of 2001, Iran signed an agreement to build a pipeline to transmit natural gas to Azerbaijan from Khoi in the northwestern part of the country.

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48. In the mid-1990s, Iran began developing extensive gas export plans.

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49. In 2004, Iran was the largest producer of pistachios in the world, and the fifth-largest producer of almonds (after the United States, Syria, Spain, and Italy), at 80,000 tons.

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50. Iran is one of ten members in the Economic Cooperation Organization.

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51. Iran is a member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, G-24, G-77 and the Colombo Plan.

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52. In 2005, the total active armed forces of Iran numbered 420,000 with 350,000 reservists.

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53. In 1988, Iran finally yielded to terms for a cease-fire in the war.

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54. In 1984, Iran began to attack Arab shipping in the Persian Gulf.

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55. Iran is the only Islamic country where Shia Muslims hold the reins of power.

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56. Iran is an important country because it has some of the largest oil reserves in the world and it sits in a strategic position between Northeastern Asia, Western Asia and North Africa.

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57. At that point, Iran had only just started to mobilize in earnest.

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58. Iran is the only country that has both an Indian Ocean coastline and a Caspian Sea one as well.

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59. Since 2006, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been given the lowest rating possible for handling human trafficking.

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60. Iran has the second largest Gross Domestic Product in the Middle East, $395 billion, ranking just after Saudi Arabia at $750 billion.

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61. Iran has three major seaports on the Caspian Sea, four on the Persian Gulf, and one on the Gulf of Oman.

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62. Iran has 1,520 miles of coastline, to the north on the Caspian Sea, and to the south on the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.

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63. The United States has warned that Iran could create a new malign force akin to the Islamic State militant group and said Saudi Arabia was an ideal partner to help contain the revolutionary Shiite Muslim power in the Middle East.

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64. In September 1974, Iran became the first country in West Asia to host the Asian Games.

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65. Iran is the apparent birthplace of the earliest complex instruments, dating back to the third millennium BC.

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66. History of architecture in Iran goes back to the seventh millennium BC.

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67. Iran has the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel.

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68. Iran is the world's third country to have developed GTL technology.

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69. In 2005, Iran spent US$4 billion on fuel imports, because of contraband and inefficient domestic use.

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70. Iran has the world's second-largest proved gas reserves after Russia, with 33.6 trillion cubic metres, and the third-largest natural gas production after Indonesia and Russia.

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71. In 2010, Iran was ranked 69, out of 139 nations, in the Global Competitiveness Report.

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72. Iran is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank.

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73. Iran has the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East.

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74. Government of Iran supports the military activities of its allies in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon with military and financial aid.

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75. Government of Iran has a paramilitary, volunteer militia force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, called the Basij, which includes about 90,000 full-time, active-duty uniformed members.

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76. Iran has around 350,000 Reserve Force, totaling around 900,000 trained troops.

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77. Iran is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BCE.

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