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Interesting Facts About Iran

-The word Iran means the ‘Land of the Aryan’s.

-The for­mer name of Iran was Per­sia, which was in use till 1935.

-Iran ranks sev­enth among coun­tries in the world as regards num­ber of World Her­itage Sites rec­og­nized by UNESCO.

-Iran ranks sec­ond in the world in nat­ural gas and third in oil reserves.

-Alexander’s wife, Rox­anne, was an Iran­ian. “Roshanak” in Farsi

-Per­sians have a dif­fer­ent lan­guage and iden­tity from the rest of the Mid­dle East.

-Iran has bor­ders with ten coun­tries, namely Arme­nia, Azer­bai­jan, Turk­menistan, Afghanistan, Pak­istan, Oman, United Arab Emi­rates, Kuwait, Iraq and Turkey.

-The largest eth­nic group of Iran is Per­sian, con­sti­tut­ing about 51 per­cent of the population.

-Major­ity of the pop­u­la­tion of Iran is Shi­ite Muslim.

-Famous west­ern poets influ­enced by Per­sian poets: Ralph Waldo Emer­son, Wolf­gang Von Goethe.

-Iran’s con­sti­tu­tion and Par­lia­ment were cre­ated on Aug 5th, 1906.

-Famous bib­li­cal peo­ple buried in Iran: Queen Esther, Daniel, Cyrus The Great, Dar­ius The Great, St. Thaddeus.

-Iran is one of the world’s old­est con­tin­u­ous major civ­i­liza­tions, with his­tor­i­cal and urban set­tle­ments dat­ing back to 4000 BC.

-In spite of fierce com­pe­ti­tion, Per­sian rugs are still the best rugs in the world.

-Iran has world’s best caviar.

-Iran’s Mau­soleum of Maus­sol­los was iden­ti­fied as one of the Seven Won­ders of the Ancient World.

-It snows in Tehran like it does in Denver.

-Iran has croc­o­diles. It’s tigers were hunted to extinc­tion 50 years ago. But still has the only Asi­atic cheetah.

-Only coun­try to have pur­chased F-14 Tom­cats from US.

-Per­sian (Farsi) is still spo­ken in Tajikestan and Afghanistan. It was the offi­cial court lan­guage of India for 200 years.

-Sur­pris­ingly, Per­sia [Iran] built the ear­li­est known wind­mills, which resem­bled large pad­dle wheels. Iran was pio­neer­ing wind energy long before any other nation real­ized the energy ben­e­fit of God’s nat­ural energy powerhouse.

-Iran was the First country who officially accepted Ukraine independence form Soviet union.

October 31, 2014

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espi731

Interesting! Can you elaborate on "It snows in Tehran like it does in Denver" part?

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kevinguy19

Wow! I didn't know some of these.

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiloBem

On what date did Iran recognized Ukraine? I always thought Poland and Canada were the first.

October 2, 2016
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