Iran is located in the Middle East and borders Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are located to the south and the Caspian Sea to the north of Iran. Iran shares the Caspian Sea with the Republic of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Official nameIran
Surface1.628.750 km²
CoinIraanse rial
time differenceUTC +3:30 / UTC +4:30
VolksliedSorood-e Jomhoori-e Eslami

Iranian poetry has always been of a very high standard. The Shahnama or Book of Kings of Ferdowsi is the national epic of Iran and has 60,000 lines of poetry. The book is the most important work on Persian mythology and traces from the origins of Iran to the period of the conquest by the Arabs. Marjane Satrapi is a well-known writer of comic books, such as her autobiographical comic strip Persepolis. The writer Kader Abdolah, who fled to the Netherlands, has written several books about his homeland, such as 'The house of the mosque'.

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