Iran reached the pinnacle of its power during the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC, which at its greatest extent comprised major portions of the ancient world, stretching from parts of the Balkans (Thrace-Macedonia, Bulgaria-Paeonia) and Eastern Europe proper in the west, to the Indus Valley in the east, making it the largest empire the world had yet seen.
Tehran is the country's capital and largest city, as well as its leading cultural and economic center.
Iran is a major regional and middle power, exerting considerable influence in international energy security and the world economy through its large reserves of fossil fuels, which include the largest natural gas supply in the world and the fourth-largest proven oil reserves.
Iran's rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the fourth-largest number in Asia and 12th-largest in the world.
A multicultural country comprising numerous ethnic and linguistic groups, most inhabitants are officially Shia, and Persian is the official language.
Establishment of the Safavid Dynasty in 1501, which promoted Twelver Shia Islam as the official religion, marked one of the most important turning points in Iranian and Muslim history.
Starting in 1736 under Nader Shah, Iran reached its greatest territorial extent since the Sassanid Empire, briefly possessing what was arguably the most powerful empire at the time.
Its political system is based on the 1979 Constitution which combines elements of a parliamentary democracy with a theocracy governed by Islamic jurists under the concept of a Supreme Leadership.
- Iran has largest boundary with Iraq which is approximately 1458 km.
- Iran has shortest boundary with Armenia which is approximately 35 km.
- The largest river in Iran is Euphrates which is 2800 km.
- The largest export partner of Iran is China.
- The largest import partner of Iran is UAE.
- There are 26 seaports in Iran.
Surprising facts about Nobel Prize winners#
- The first Iran born Nobel Prize winner got this award quite late, 102 years after first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901.
- Iran is a country with the person “Doris Lessing” (born in Iran) who got the Nobel Prize at the old age of 88 years.
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Tourist Attraction#Echoes of ancient Persia endure in the land now known as Iran.
- Red Rose is the national flower of Iran
- The famous dances of Iran are Persian dance, Kurdish dance, Azerbaijani dances.
- Text marked as italic is taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran