Iran is heir to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Proto-Elamite and Elamite kingdoms in 3200–2800 BC. The area was first unified by the Iranian Medes 625 BC, who became the dominant cultural and political power in the region. Iran reached its greatest geographic extent during the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC, which at one time stretched from parts of Eastern Europe in the west, to the Indus Valley in the east, making it the largest empire the world had yet seen. The empire collapsed in 330 BC following the conquests of Alexander the Great, but reemerged shortly after as the Parthian Empire. Under the Sassanid Dynasty, Iran again became one of the leading powers in the world for the next four centuries.
Some of the mind blowing facts from this culturally rich country are mentioned here.
Iran is the oldest country on Earth
More than 50% of all university students are women!
57% of Iranian population uses the Internet
Iran has the largest foreign refugee population.
(You read it wrong, most people come to it, not go out of it! Over 5 million Afghan, Iraqi, and other refugees reside in Iran)
Iran also has the highest brain-drain ratio.
About 30% of all industrial force are females (ranked 5th in the world)
Iran is the worst place when it comes to earthquakes. It is the most dangerous country in the world with respect to earthquakes.
Highest opiate addiction in the world (thanks to the US invasion of Afghanistan!)
Iran has world’s fastest growth in science, and is currently ranked 16th
There’s a tree in Iran aging more than 4000 years
Iran is a major regional and middle power, and its large reserves of fossil fuels — which include the largest natural gas supply in the world and the fourth-largest proven oil reserves — exert considerable influence in international energy security and the world economy. It’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the third-largest number in Asia and 11th-largest in the world.
It is a founding member of the UN, ECO, NAM, OIC, and OPEC. 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. A multicultural country comprising numerous ethnic and linguistic groups, most inhabitants are Shia Muslims and Persian is the official language.
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