Iran facts and figures
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Stretching from Turkey and Iraq to Turkmenistan and Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran is the world’s 17th largest country in terms of territory, comprising more than 1.6 million square kilometres. It is one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations.
It has a population of more than 75 million. The capital, Tehran, is located at the foot of the Alborz Mountains, and is home to around seven million people. Most Iranians speak Farsi, while other languages include Azeri, Kurdish and Luri.
Apart from petroleum, the country’s other natural resources include natural gas, coal, chromium, copper, iron ore, lead, manganese, zinc and sulphur. The national currency is the rial.
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s President is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is a Founder Member of OPEC.
Did you know?
- The Dizin ski resort near Tehran sits at 3,800 metres and has several downhill runs.
- The Masjid-i-Solaiman, located in the Khozestan province in the southwest of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was the country’s first oil well. It was drilled in 1908. It is also, the first oil well in the Middle East.
|Population (million inhabitants)||75.86|
|Land area (1,000 sq km)||1,648|
|Population density (inhabitants per sq km)||46|
|GDP per capita ($)||6,360|
|GDP at market prices (billion $)||482.45|
|Value of exports (billion $)||130.54|
|Value of petroleum exports (billion $)||114.75|
|Current account balance (billion $)||51.43|
|Proven crude oil reserves (billion barrels)||154.58|
|Proven natural gas reserves (billion cu. m.)||33,620|
|Crude oil production (1,000 b/d)||3,576|
|Marketed production of natural gas (billion cu. m.)||188.75|
|Refinery capacity (1,000 b/d)||1,772|
|Output of petroleum products (1,000 b/d)||1,770.2|
|Oil Consumption (1,000 b/d)||1,777|
|Crude oil exports (1,000 b/d)||2,537|
|Exports of petroleum products (1,000 b/d)||441.3|
|Natural gas exports (billion cu. m.)||9.11|
- b/d (barrels per day)
- cu. m. (cubic metres)
Source: Annual Statistical Bulletin 2012