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A Western Asian Country

  • The word Iran means - The land of Aryans - in Persian.
  • It is second-largest nation in the Middle East and the 18th-largest in the world.
  • It is the world's 17th-most-populous nation.
  • About 27 people die in Tehran because of air pollution related diseases.
  • It is the 41st most obese country in the world.
  • The Karun is the only river in the country.
  • Most people in the country sit on cushions on the floor to eat their meals.
  • Oil and carpets / rugs are the most exported items from the country.
  • It is world's largest producers of caviar, pistachios, and saffron.
  • Men who do not marry are called na – mard, which translates to not – men. They stay with their natal family.
  • Married woman is considered her husband's property. Hence there are no legal provisions for marital rape.
  • The country allows temporary marriages, a marriage valid for as short period as an hour.
  • Women are banned from attending / watching sporting events. Hence they cross-dress to watch them.
  • The Persian cat is one of the world’s oldest breeds.
  • Polo was played in Iran as early as the 6th century B.C.
  • Iranians consider Yogurt (called as Persian Milk), a miracle food.
  • Neckties are not worn or used in the country.
  • Iranian households are forbidden to have satellite television.
  • It is the only country to have purchased F-14 Tom­cats from the US.
  • Iran's Mausoleum of Maussollos was identified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
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