Quick Facts

  • Officially the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Islamic Republic 24 October 1979
  • Capital: Tehran (8.432 million)
  • Population: 81,824,270
  • Divided into 31 provinces
  • Official language: Persian
  • Official religion: Islam
  • Climate: arid to semi-arid; subtropical along coastline
  • Economy: based on oil and natural gas revenues
  • Literacy rate: 86.8%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A theocratic republic
  • Chief of state: Supreme Leader Ali Hosenini-Khamenei (since 1989)
  • Head of government: President Hasan Fereidun Ruhani (since 2013)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 25/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 38.04/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 71.15 years
  • Health expenditures: 6.7% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.89/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.1/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.14%
  • Infectious disease risk: intermediate
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, avian in fluenza
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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