Iran: COUNTRY PROFILE
COUNTRY PROFILE: IRAN
Formal Name: Islamic Republic of Iran (Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran).
Short Form: Iran.
Term for Citizen(s): Iranian(s).
Other Major Cities (in order of population): Mashhad, Esfahan, Tabriz, Shiraz, Karaj, Ahvaz, Qom, and Kermanshah.
Independence: In the modern era, Iran always has existed as an independent country.
Public Holidays: The national holiday, Islamic Revolution Day, celebrates the victory of the Islamic Revolution on February 11, 1979. Other official holidays are Dawn (the return of Ayatollah Khomeini from 14 years of foreign exile on February 1, 1979), Noruz (Iranian New Year, March 21), Islamic Republic Day (April 1), Thirteenth Day of New Year (April 2), and several Islamic religious holidays that are reckoned in accordance with the lunar calendar and thus do not re-occur on the same dates each year.
Flag: The flag, adopted after the 1978–79 Revolution, features three
horizontal bars, green (on top), white, and red, representing, respectively,
Islam, peace, and courage. The bars are divided by stylized script. The
white bar features a centered, red, abstract representation of the name
Allah in the shape of a tulip.
Mail & Guardian Online,Iran is unlikely to be able to develop a nuclear bomb before 2015, the chief of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency said on Tuesday. ...
Iran stops exports to Iraq via Mehran border point: Governor - 24 Oct 2006
Islamic Republic News Agency,Iran stopped exporting goods to Iraq via Mehran border point as of Tuesday, said a reliable official here on Tuesday. "Exports of ...
Over 248,000 seek to run in Iran local elections - 24 Oct 2006
Malaysia Star,TEHRAN (Reuters) - More than 248,000 people have registered to run in Iran's local council elections in December when reform-minded opponents of the government ...
Iran set for 5.8% growth, $16bn refining plans underway - 24 Oct 2006
Persian Journal,Iran's economic growth is due to reach 5.8% by the end of the year despite a contraction in the oil sector in Q1, reported the Gulf Daily News. ...
Member of mullah-run majlis: "Sanctions against Iran can harm ... - 24 Oct 2006
Persian Journal,Severing economic ties with Iran will create problems for the globalization process in the Middle East, observed a member of Iran's mullah-run majlis. ...
This series of profiles of foreign nations is part of the Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program. The profiles offer brief, summarized information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security. In addition to being featured in the front matter of published Country Studies, they are now being prepared as stand-alone reference aides for all countries in the series, as well as for a number of additional countries of interest. The profiles offer reasonably current country information independent of the existence of a recently published Country Study and will be updated annually or more frequently as events warrant.
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