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Agriculture

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Iran's international rankings of agricultural output N/A N/A N/A <<< See the link provided for complete stats 2007
Number of agricultural machinery: Tractors 22nd 190 World Bank 258,000 Tractors in operation 2003
Irrigated land per capita 14th 173 CIA World Factbook ~1,153 sq km per 1 million people 2003
List of countries by irrigated land area 5th World CIA World Factbook 76,500 sq km of irrigated land 2003
Total agricultural land 15th 199 World Bank 616,000 sq km of Agricultural land 2005
Total agricultural land per capita 57th 199 World Bank ~9 sq km of agricultural land per 1,000 people 2005
Area of permanent crops 18th 181 Food and Agriculture Organization 2,002,000 hectares of permanent crops, (29.4334 hectares per 1,000 people; Per capita ranking: 69/181[1]) 2000
Arable land as % of total land area 109th 199 World Bank 9.84 % of land area is arable (16,100,000 hectares[2]) 2005
Permanent cropland area as % of total land area 110 187 World Bank 0.92% of country's landmass is used as permanent cropland 2005
Fish Harvest by Country 35th World United Nations 527,912 tonnes of fish/year produced; 410,558 tonnes captured and 117,354 tonnes harvested by aquaculture 2005
Index of agricultural production 13th 149 United Nations Index based on agricultural output for 1989-91 taken as 100; Index of Iran: 141 1996-98
Annual diesel consumption in agriculture 7th 107 United Nations Annual diesel consumption in agriculture of 3,341,000 tonnes 2005
Agricultural electricity consumption per capita 18th 110 United Nations 241.3 kWh per capita/Year 2005
Cereal production 13th 149 World Resources Institute 141,000 tonnes of Cereal produced annually 2001
Meat production per capita 73rd 149 United Nations ~21.1Kg/person annually 1998

Communication and Information Technology

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
E-readiness 70th 70 Economist Intelligence Unit Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2008
Number of Internet Users 11th 195 Internet World Stats 51.7% of population use internet; More info: Growth of internet 2009
Total number of broadband internet users 44th 48 International Telecommunication Union 300,000 broadband internet users or ~0.41% of population 2008
Digital Opportunity Index 105th 120 International Telecommunication Union Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2007
Telephone Lines in Use 12th 100 CIA World Factbook 21,981,000 Telephone lines in use; More info: List of country calling codes 2005
Mobile Phones in Use 25th 48 United Nations 39,400,000 Mobile phone users; 54.2% of population use mobile phones 2008
Investment in telecommunication infrastructure as % of total revenue 10th 190 World Bank 73.68 % of total revenue in telecommunication sector was reinvested for infrastructural expansion 2005
E-government Readiness 108th 182 United Nations Measure of a country's e-Government capabilities 2008
E-participation of Public 98th 192 United Nations Measure of a nation's population participation in e-Government 2008
Number of daily newspapers & periodicals 14th 124 United Nations 112 daily newspapers & periodicals present 2000
Number of non-daily newspapers & periodicals 8th 91 United Nations 906 non-daily newspapers & periodicals present 2000
Number of Television Broadcast Stations 67th 228 CIA World Factbook There are 28 TV broadcast stations plus 450 repeaters in Iran 1997
Number of Internet Service Providers (ISP) 9th 165 CIA World Factbook 100 ISP's in operation 2002
List of countries by number of Internet hosts 120th 190 CIA World Factbook There are 2,860 Internet hosts in Iran; More info: List of Internet top-level domains 2008
Number of websites on national domain 58th World Webometrics Iran has 310,000 websites on its national domain (dotIR) 2009

Demographics

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Birth Rate 96th 195 United Nations 20.3 Births per 1000 population/Year; More info: Countries by demo-graphical values 2005-10
Death Rate 165th 195 United Nations 5.4 Deaths per 1000 population/Year; Top ten causes of death in Iran: 1. Ischaemic heart disease, 2. Road traffic accident 3. Stroke 4. Perinatal conditions 5. Hypertension 6. Stomach cancer 7. COPD 8. Diarrhea 9. Inflammatory heart disease 10. Lower respiratory tract infection[3][4][5] 2005-10
Divorce Rate N/A N/A United Nations Crude divorce rate of 0.94 2004
Cities Proper by Population 16th 61 United Nations City proper of Tehran; population: 7,873,000; Area: 760 Km2; Population density: 10,359 Persons/Km2 2007
Urban Areas by Population 33rd 188 United Nations Tehran at 33rd and Mashhad at 135th 2007
Urban agglomerations by Population 28th 100 United Nations Tehran population agglomerate with a population of 7,873,000 2007
Urbanization by country 65th 193 CIA World Factbook 68% of population is urban; 982 cities & 68,122 villages[6] 2005-10
Urbanization Rate 82nd 193 CIA World Factbook Urbanization rate of 2.1% 2005-10
List of countries by infant mortality rate 119th 195 United Nations Infant mortality rate of 30.6 & Under-5 mortality rate of 35.5 /1000 live births 2006
Maternal mortality rate 92nd 136 United Nations 37/100,000 Pregnancies 1985-99
Population 17th 223 United Nations Population of 74,196,000 or Approximately 1.09% of the world's population; More info: List of countries by population (graphical) 2009
Life Expectancy 109th 195 United Nations Overall life expectancy of 71 years; Male: 69.4yrs; Female: 72.6yrs 2005-10
Gender Ratio N/A N/A CIA World Factbook Male/Female; Total: 1.02; At birth: 1.05; Under-15yrs old: 1.05; 15-30yrs old; 1.02; Over-65yrs old: 0.92 2009
Population Growth Rate 96th 230 United Nations Population growth rate of 1.35% 2005-10
Population Density 160th 239 United Nations Population density of 45.017 persons/Km2 2005
Net Migration Rate 126th 154 CIA World Factbook Migrants/1000 population: -2.62 2009
Fertility Rate 129th 223 United Nations Total fertility rate of 2.04 births/woman; Iran has reduced its fertility rate of 6 births/woman in 1980 to replacement level of 2 in 2005 in a revolutionary female health program & successfully stopping Iran's first baby-boom[7][8][9] 2005-10
Adolescent fertility rate: Births/1000 females aged 15-19 years 139th 185 World Bank 19.14 births/1000 Females aged 15-19; Ranked from highest rates to lowest 2005
Immigrant Population 21st 192 United Nations Immigrants in Iran: 1.05% of total world immigrant population or 1,959,000; 2.861% of Iran's national population 2005
Foreign Refugees Population 1st 110 United Nations Host to the world's largest foreign refugees; Mostly Iraqi and Afghan refugees 1999
Median Age 120th 230 CIA World Factbook Total median age: 27; Male median age: 26.8; Female median age: 27.2 2008
Age distribution pyramid comparison N/A N/A US Census Bureau Comparison of Iran's population pyramid over time with other countries 1990-2050
Population in year 2015 18th 225 United Nations At year 2015, population will be: 79,917,000; At year 2020, population will be: 83.7 million[10]; Total population of Iran will hit 100 million by 2035; The figures are for population inside Iran and does not include the year 2006 population of Iranian expatriates of 3 million (with an estimated net worth of over $1.3 trillion) & increasing; Total population of Iranians all over the world will hit 100 million by 2025 2004
Age at first marriage N/A N/A United Nations 27.7 years for men, 23.9 years for women 2004

Economy

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
GDP (PPP) 16th 193 CIA World Factbook GDP (PPP)= 876 billion dollars; More info: List of countries by future GDP (PPP) estimates 2009
GDP (PPP) per capita 59th 166 World Bank GDP (PPP) per capita= $11,666; More info: List of countries by future GDP (PPP) per capita estimates 2008
GDP (nominal) 26th 182 World Bank GDP (nominal)= 385.2 billion dollars; More info: List of countries by future GDP (nominal) estimates 2008
GDP (nominal) per capita 73rd 170 World Bank GDP (nominal) per capita= $5,441; More info: List of countries by future GDP (nominal) per capita estimates 2008
GNI per capita (PPP) 66th 175 World Bank Average national income (PPP) of 10,840$ per person/Year 2006
Ease of Doing Business Index 137th 183 World Bank The survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2010
Prime lending rate 76th 153 CIA World Factbook Prime lending rate of 12% 2007
Human Development Index 88th 182 United Nations Human development index of 0.782; Categorized among medium-HDI countries[11] 2007
Human Poverty Index 59th 135 United Nations / Complete Report HPI is a composite index measuring deprivations in the three basic dimensions: a long & healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of living; Calculated using HPI-1 formula; Ranked from least poverty index to maximum poverty index; More info: World Poverty Map 2009
Income equality 47th World United Nations Iran had a Gini coefficient of 43; Iran's Gini became 38.3 in 2007 as per UN HDR-2009 1998
Inflation Rate 121st 189 CIA World Factbook Inflation rate of 25.6% 2008
Government Budget 45th 188 CIA World Factbook Total government budget of $103 billion; 2010-2011 Government Budget of 347 billion dollars[12] 2009
List of countries by received FDI 74th World CIA World Factbook ~6.96 billion dollars of Foreign Direct Investment in Iran by foreign entities 2008
List of countries by FDI abroad 65th World CIA World Factbook 993 million dollars invested by Iranian entities outside of Iran 2008
Size of Sovereign Wealth Funds 22nd 36 Sovereign Wealth Funds Institute Sovereign wealth fund of 13 billion dollars in oil stablization fund (OSF) 2009
Investment as % of GDP 36th 145 CIA World Factbook Share of gross fixed investment as % of GDP: 27.7% 2008
Exports per capita 71st 154 CIA World Factbook $797 of exports per capita/Year 2006
% of population under poverty N/A N/A CIA, UN % of population living, on less than $1.25= Less than 2%, on less than $2= 8%; Living below Iran's national poverty line= 18% 2007
Tax revenue as % of GDP N/A N/A Heritage Foundation Federal tax revenue as % of GDP=7.3% 2008
Current account balance 16th 181 International Monetary Fund Annual account balance of +28.776 billion dollars 2008
current account balance as % of GDP N/A N/A International Monetary Fund Current account balance as % of GDP= +4.05% 2008
General government final consumption expenditure 38th 145 World Bank General government final consumption is the total government expenditure excluding capital investments; Iran: 15,826,440,000 constant 2000 US$ 2005
Gold reserve of government N/A N/A International Monetary Fund Iran not yet ranked as Iran does not report its holdings to IMF; Various sources put Iranian government sovereign gold holdings between 800 to 1250 tonnes 2010
List of countries by foreign exchange reserves 17th 156 CIA World Factbook $96.56 billion of forex reserves 2009
List of countries by imports 43rd 193 CIA World Factbook Annual import bill of $67.79 billion 2008
List of countries by exports 35th 194 CIA World Factbook Total annual exports of $70.16 billion 2009
Unemployment rate 66th World CIA World Factbook Unemployment rate of 12.5%; Ranked from highest unemployment rate to lowest 2009
Difficulty of hiring index 10th 154 Doing Business & World Bank Measures the difficulty to hire workers; Index of Iran: 78 2004
Difficulty to firing index 118th 154 Doing Business & World Bank Measures the difficulty to fire workers; Index of Iran: 10 2004
Primary exports as % of manufactured exports 9th 117 World Bank Primary export is 93% of total manufactured exports, mostly oil 2000
Compensation of employees as % of total business expenses 14th 135 World Bank 47.14% of business expense comprises of employee compensation 2005
GDP sector composition 35th 197 CIA World Factbook Agriculture=11.2%; Industry= 41.7% ; Service= 47.1% 2005
GDP growth rate 68th 182 International Monetary Fund GDP growth of 20.6% (Not adjusted) 2009
GDP (real) growth rate 47th 217 CIA World Factbook Adjusted GDP (real) growth rate of 6.5% 2008
Real Growth in Total Trade 73rd World World Bank The average annual growth rate of the total exports and imports in goods and services at constant 2000 U.S. dollars; This indicator reflects the trade expansion of a country over the period 2008
Public debt as % of GDP 82nd World CIA, OECD, IMF Total public debt stands at 25% of GDP; Ranked from highest total government debt to lowest; Alternatively total government debt of Iran was put by CIA at less than 19.4% of GDP 2008
Total external debt 71st 202 CIA World Factbook Total external debt of 20.68 billion dollars; Or 2.71% of GDP; Or 290$ per person; 33rd least indebted country in the world by per capita ranking of external debt 2007
Total Debt Service 33rd 135 World Bank Approximately $2.52 billion paid/year to foreign creditors in interest & principal repayment 2005
$ external debt as /$1000 of GDP 174 186 CIA World Factbook $61.60/$1000 of GDP 2006
Labour force 22nd 185 CIA World Factbook Total labour force of 24.35 million people 2008
% of Industry in total Labour force 15th 139 World Bank 30.4 % of labour force work in industry 2005
% of Agriculture in total labour force 47th 139 World Bank 24.9 % of labour force work in agriculture 2005
% of female employment in industry 5th 130 World Bank 28.4% of all industrial labour force is female 2005
% of female employment in agriculture 29th 130 World Bank 34.2% of all agricultural labour force is female 2005
Economic activity growth of females 6th 156 International Labour Organization 34% growth of female participation in economic activities 1990-2000
Minimum wages N/A N/A United States Department of State 2,200,000 Iranian rials per month & revised annually; Gross annual wage of $6,623; ~59% of GDP 2008
International Property Rights Index Property Rights Alliance Iran not ranked
Exclusive Economic Zone Area N/A N/A Sea around us Exclusive economic zone of 168,718 Km2 2008
Index of Economic Freedom 151st 157 2008 Heritage Foundation Index of economic freedom Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2008
List of countries by central bank interest rates CIA World Factbook Annualized interest rate set by the central bank to charge commercial banks for loans
Gross savings as % of Gross National Income 6th 172 World Bank Gross savings of 41.57% of GNI 2005
Highest Marginal Tax Rate on High Income 6th 109 World Bank 6th highest marginal tax rate for individual income exceeding 114,101.4$; More info: Tax rates around the world & Taxation in Iran 2006
Taxes on income, profits and capital gains as % of total taxes 11th 137 World Bank Ratio: 58.84 % 2005
Number of micro, small & medium enterprises 21st 115 World Bank 1,255,382 Enterprises 1997
Number of micro, small & medium enterprises/1000 people 68th 113 World Bank 20.62 Enterprises/1000 people 1997
International aid received as % of national GDP 120th 129 OECD International aid received is less than 0.1% of GDP; ~$100 million; The only international aid received is as part of international fight against drug trafficking and Illegal drug trade, chiefly opiates smuggling 2002

Education

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Adult literacy rate 113th 177 United Nations 82.4% of adult population is literate; Total illiteracy rate of 6.2% of population in 2002 improving from 52.5% in 1976[13] Total literacy rate (age 6 & over): 92.7%[14] 2005
Education Index 112th 176 United Nations Educational index of 0.804 2008
Books published per year 7th 87 Books published per country per year 54,000 Book titles published annually[15] 2006
Number of book titles published in applied sciences 16th 99 United Nations 2,426 Book titles in applied sciences published 1999
Number of book titles published in arts & recreation 18th 93 United Nations 733 Book titles in arts & recreation published 1999
Number of book titles published in psychology & philosophy 13th 83 United Nations 706 Book titles in psychology & philosophy published 1999
Number of book titles published in theology 2nd 96 United Nations 4,504 Book titles in theology published 1999
Number of book titles published in literature 54th 98 United Nations 247 Book titles in literature published 1999
Number of book titles published in generalities 12th 88 United Nations 612 Book titles in generalities published 1999
Number of book titles published in philology 3rd 91 United Nations 1,486 Book titles in linguistics published 1999
Number of book titles published in pure sciences 7th 94 United Nations 1,844 Book titles in pure sciences published 1999
Number of book titles published in social sciences 30th 99 United Nations 1,319 Book titles in social sciences published 1999
Number of Library Books Per capita 72nd 81 United Nations ~6 library books per 1,000 people 2004
Literacy rate of men aged 15-24 54th 155 United Nations 98.1% of male population 15-24 yrs old are literate 2005
Female to Male ratio of School enrollment 1st 197 United Nations 1.223 females per one male student[16] 2005
Number of Secondary education students 8th 185 World Bank 9,942,201 students in secondary schools 2005
Female/Male ratio of literacy rate in 15-24yrs old population 87th 155 United Nations Female/Male ratio of literate 15-24 years old population: 0.99; Total female literacy rate of 76.2% in 2002 improving from 25.5% in 1976[17] 2005
Number of pupils in primary education 17th 193 World Bank 7,307,056 students in primary level schools 2005
Education enrollment at tertiary level 22nd 200 United Nations 1,714,433 students at tertiary level of education; 64% of university students are female[18] 2002
Education enrollment at tertiary level per capita 68th 188 United Nations 26.159 tertiary level students per 1,000 people 2002
Education spending as % of GDP 58th 132 United Nations 4.9% of GDP is spent on education 2003
Education budget as % of total government budget 19th 161 World Bank Education budget is 22.85% of total government budget 2005
Total school life expectancy 58th 110 United Nations Citizens on average attend 11.3 years of schooling 1999
Illiteracy rate among population over 15 years old 52nd 138 United Nations 20.9% of population over 15 years old are illiterate 2003
School Success Index Rank 29th 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers 2009 The index is a calculated composite measure of indicators for early childhood growth & development, Under-5 survival rate, nutrition, adult female literacy rate, total fertility rate, grade 1 repetition rate, % of children out of school & children proficiency at mathematics, reading & fine motor skills; Ranking is among 43 developed & 115 developing countries, totaling 158 2009
Country Rank by World's Top Universities 55th World Webometrics Iran has one university among the list of world's top 1000 universities 2009

Energy

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Energy consumption per capita 57th World World Resources Institute 23,748 KWh/Year/Person 2003
Energy consumption and Production N/A N/A Department of Energy Energy, production of ~12,994 trillion BTU & consumption of 7,916 trillion BTU/Year 2005
Energy Intensity 32nd World World Resources Institute 316.1 tonnes of oil equivalent/$1 million of GDP 2006
Total proven coal reserves 12th 59 United Nations 11,143 million tonnes of reserves 2005
Total coal production 32nd 73 United Nations 1,330,000 tonnes per year 2005
Aviation gasoline exports 6th 34 United Nations Ranked among exporting countries; Iran:10,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Gross inland availability of aviation gasoline 4th 131 United Nations 95,000 tonnes of aviation gasoline available per year inside country 2005
Proven natural gas reserves 2nd 181 CIA World Factbook Total proven reserves of 26.9 trillion cubic meters 2008
Proven natural gas reserves per capita 5th 71 CIA World Factbook 364,609 cubic meters per person 2005
Natural gas production 4th 183 CIA World Factbook Annual production of ~112 billion cubic meters 2007
Natural gas consumption 3rd 183 CIA World Factbook Total annual natural gas consumption of ~112 billion m3 2007
Natural gas exports 25th 182 CIA World Factbook Annual exports of 6.2 billion cubic meters 2007
Natural gas Imports 27th 182 CIA World Factbook Annual imports of 6.1 billion cubic meters 2007
Proven oil reserves 3rd 97 CIA World Factbook Total proven reserves of 136.2 billion barrels; Or ~ 1,750 barrels of oil per person 2007
Natural gas consumption by households 5th 67 United Nations Annual household natural gas usage of 1,243,256 Tera-joules 2005
Oil production 4th 210 CIA World Factbook Daily production of ~4.2 million barrels 2008
Oil consumption 15th 208 CIA World Factbook Daily consumption of 1.63 million barrels 2006
Oil exports 4th 205 CIA World Factbook Daily exports of 2.52 million barrels 2006
Oil exports per capita 20th 84 United Nations 1.94 tonnes exported annually per person (~12 Barrels/Person/Year) 2005
Nuclear Power Rankings of Nations World IAEA Current Iranian nuclear generated electricity capacity is: 0 MWh; Iran plans to produce 23,000 MWh of nuclear generated electricity in future[19] using 19 nuclear power plants[20]; More info: Iranian nuclear program & Economics of new nuclear power plants 2010
Uranium reserves/Uranium by country World World Nuclear Association As of 2010, Iran does not have significant proven reserves of Uranium 2010
Electricity production 19th 210 CIA World Factbook ~193.3 Tera-Watt-Hour/Year; Electricity in Iran through history 2007
Electricity consumption 20th 190 CIA World Factbook Consumption of 136.2 Tera-Watt-Hour/Year; Or 224 Watt-Hour per Person; All settlements with 20 or more families are electrified[21]; More info: Voltage & Frequency Around The World 2005
Electricity exports 39th 186 CIA World Factbook Annual exports of ~2.8 Tera-Watt-Hour 2006
Electricity imports 46th 188 CIA World Factbook Electricity imports of 2.54 TWh/Year 2006
Electricity production per capita 86th 214 CIA World Factbook ~2,747 kWh per capita/Year 2006
Electric power transmission losses as % of total output 30th 131 World Bank Electrical transmission loss: 16.88% of output 2004
Natural gas consumption by power plants 5th 97 United Nations Annual usage of 1,379,527 Tera-joules 2005
Electricity from renewable resources N/A N/A United Nations Annual production of: Hydroelectricity=16.1 TWh , Wind Power=128 GWh , Biomass=0 GWh , Solar=1 GWh , Geothermal=0 GWh; More info: Wind power in Iran 2005
Installed wind power capacity 35th 76 World Wind Energy Association Current installed capacity of 82 MWh; Iran's installed Wind power capacity growth rate= 49.4% 2008
Largest hydroelectric power stations 44th 48 List of largest hydroelectric power stations Power stations with 2000 MW capacity or more; Iran operates 3 such Dams out of 48 in the world; Total number of dams: 186 operational, 91 under construction; Ranked 3rd worldwide in terms of dams under construction[22] More info: Energy in Iran & List of reservoirs and dams in Iran & List of hydroelectric power stations 2010
Diesel usage by power plants 6th 171 United Nations 2,708,000 tonnes of diesel used by thermal power plants 2005
Annual refinery output of diesel 13th 124 United Nations Annual production of 24,443,000 tonnes diesel 2005
Electricity produced from natural gas 6th 96 World Bank 125,393 GWh produced from natural gas 2004
Inland availability of diesel oils 11th 191 United Nations 21,976,000 tonnes of diesel available per year 2005
Household consumption of diesel 8th 149 United Nations 6,374,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Private investment in public energy infrastructure 13th 93 World Bank $650,000,000/Year 2004
Kerosene consumption by household & other consumers 4th 174 United Nations 6,043,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Kerosene imports per year 3rd 166 United Nations 1,105,000 tonnes imported/Year 1997
Coal imports 50th 110 United Nations 520,000 tonnes imported/Year 2005
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Exports 12th 93 United Nations 1,791,000 tonnes exported/Year 2005
Total motor gasoline (petrol) production 16th 121 United Nations Annual gasoline production of 11,154,000 tonnes 2005
Motor gasoline energy balance requirement 2nd 205 United Nations Energy balance requirement of 6,677,000 tonnes of gasoline (petrol); Energy balance requirement is that amount of energy a country needs to import for its needs due to its local non-availability because of production shortage 2005
Motor Gasoline (Petrol) Imports 5th 200 United Nations 6,677,000 tonnes imported/Year 2005
Natural Gasoline Production 4th 21 United Nations 1,855,000 tonnes Produced 2005
Residual fuel oil consumption by households 3rd 116 United Nations 1,619,000 tonnes/Year consumed by households 2005
Jet fuel imports 64th 166 United Nations Annual importation of 80,000 tonnes of jet fuel 1990
Annual output of jet fuel 37th 108 United Nations Annual production of 850,000 tonnes jet fuel 2005
Least expensive diesel by country 2nd World German government Diesel fuel prices in Iran are the second cheapest in the world; One liter of diesel costs in commodity barter comparison: ~0.3 of a hen egg[23] 2005
Least expensive gasoline by country 8th World German government Gasoline (petrol) fuel prices are the 8th cheapest in the world; Iran spends 8% of its total state revenue, subsidizing fuel for domestic market[24] 2005

Environment and Ecology

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Environmental Sustainability Index 132nd 146 Yale University Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2005
Greenhouse emissions per capita 74th World World Resources Institute Based on data for carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbon, hydrofluorocarbon, sulfur hexafluoride emissions as well as effects of land use change; Iran= 7.6 tonnes of Carbon dioxide equivalent per person/Year 2000
Number of species under threat of extinction 37th 158 United Nations 54 species under threat of extinction 1999
Happy Planet Index 81st 178 New Economics Foundation Happy planet index is a measure of the environmental efficiency of supporting citizens well-being; Iran's index: 47.23 2009
Environmental Performance Index 78th 153 Yale University/Columbia University Iran's index=60.0[25] 2010
Total renewable water resources 58th 151 CIA World Factbook Iran has total renewable water resources of 137.5 Cubic Kilometers 2008
Water availability per capita 116th 141 United Nations Annual fresh water availability of 630 cubic meters per person; Measure of internal renewable water (average annual surface runoff & groundwater recharge generated from endogenous precipitation) 2001
Biodiversity Richness 13th 53 World Conservation Monitoring Centre Biodiversity Richness Index: 2 1994
Carbon efficiency 28th 141 Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center 2.36 tonnes of CO2 emissions/$ of GDP 2005
Coral reefs area 19th 28 United Nations 700 sq km of coral reefs 2005
Endangered species protection 71st 141 CITES 69.6% of CITES requirement met 2000
Land use statistics by country 16th 176 CIA World Factbook Total cultivated land area of 221,400 Square Kilometers 2005
Carbon dioxide emissions per capita 70th 210 United Nations 5.8 tonnes of CO2 emissions per person 2003
Total carbon dioxide emissions 11th 210 United Nations 466,976,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions or ~ 1.6% of World's total emissions 2006
Total forest area 47th 220 United Nations 110,750 Square kilometers of forests 2007
Fresh water withdrawal 11th 168 CIA World Factbook Total annual water withdrawal of 72.88 km3; Annual per capita withdrawal of 1,048 m3; Rank of 19th by per capita withdrawal; 91% agriculture, 7% domestic, 2% industrial share of withdrawal 2000
Ecological footprint N/A N/A Global Footprint Network Iran has local ecological deficit of -1.7 global hectares per person 2006
Industrial Water Pollution 14th 129 World Bank Metal industry contribution to total biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) emissions: 15.55% 2003

General

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Total Area 18th 233 United Nations Area of 1,628,750 km2; or ~1.1% of World's total area 2010
Total cinema attendance 19th 78 United Nations 26,000,000 attendances 2003
Number of cinema seats 15th 60 United Nations 173,000 Cinema seats in total 1995
Deadliest Blizzards in History 1st World List of natural disasters Iran Blizzard of 1972 killed over 4,000 people 1972
Deadliest Earthquakes in History 8th World List of natural disasters 856 Damghan earthquake killed more than 200,000 People in Iran on December 22, 856 856
Number of deadliest earthquakes by country 1st World List of natural disasters Iran has had 9 of the world's most deadly earthquakes on record; Rank is shared with China which has the same number 2010
Most natural disaster prone countries 2nd World United Nations Iran is the world's second most natural disaster-prone country, mostly due to poor building practices and drought; More info: List of earthquakes in Iran 2010
Number of major earthquakes 1st World United Nations Iran has the world's highest number of major earthquakes (magnitude higher than 5.5 Richter); Tremors occur daily somewhere in the country; More info: Online Earthquake Monitoring (With GMT date & time stamp) 2010
Number of billionaires 12th 58 List of Iranian people by net worth Only one of five Iranian billionaires, (Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani) resides in Iran 2010
List of most charitable countries N/A N/A United States government Iran is not ranked among charitable donor nations by US government 2010
Intensity of natural background radiation 1st World Natural background radiation at Ramsar Highest natural radioactivity level in the world; Annual dose of 260 mSv 2010
Number of neigbouring countries N/A N/A List of countries by number of neighbouring countries Total of 13 bordering neighbours with 7 land border neighbours & 10 marine border neighbours & 13 unique borders 2010
Length of land borders N/A N/A List of land border lengths Total land border length of 5,440 Km with 7 neighbouring countries and 8 unique land borders (Iran has two land borders with Azerbaijan); Total border length of 8731 Km[26] 2010
% of water area 102nd 139 List of countries by percentage of water area 12,000 km2 of sovereign water area or ~0.73% of total sovereign area 2010
Length of coastline 50th 196 List of countries by length of coastline 2,440 km of total coastline length excluding 740 km of coastline with Caspian sea which is landlocked 2010
Land Area 18th World List of countries and outlying territories by land area 1,636,000 km2 of land area 2010
Average national intelligence quotient 94th 185 IQ and Global Inequality Iran is ranked at 94th place in terms of the average IQ of its citizens with an average national IQ of 84 2006
World's largest islands 272nd World List of islands by area Qeshm with an area of 1,336 Km2 is the world's 272nd largest island; (Greenland is world's largest) 2010
World's highest points 22nd World List of countries by highest point/List of mountains in Iran Damavand with height of 5,610 m (18,406 ft) 2010
World's lowest points 17th World List of countries by lowest point Caspian Sea with a depth of 28 m below see level is the world's 17th deepest natural point 2010
World's largest deserts 23rd World List of deserts by area Dasht-e Kavir is 23rd & Dasht-e Lut is 25th largest deserts in the world 2010
Most livable green countries 83rd 141 Reader's Digest Composite measure of HDI & ESI 2008
Tea consumption per capita 5th World World Market Research Annual per capita tea consumption of 1.2 Kg 2004
Coffee consumption per capita 132nd World World Resources Institute Annual per capita coffee consumption of 0.1 Kg 2006
Wheat consumption per capita 7th World US government Yearly consumption of ~195 Kg per person 2004
Southern most point by country 127th World List of countries by southernmost point South east of Sistan va Baluchestan at 25°03'35"N 2010
Nothernmost point by country 60th World List of countries by northernmost point West Azarbaijan region at 39°46'38"N 2010
Easternmost point by country 44th World List of countries by easternmost point Sistan va Baluchestan region at 63°18'03"E 2010
Westernmost point by country 146th World List of countries by westernmost point West Azarbaijan region at 44°02'50"E 2010
Least Expensive Capital Cities 1st World CNN Tehran is the world's least expensive capital city based on Cost-of-living index and is overall the second cheapest city after Karachi in the world[27][28] 2007
World's Tallest Towers 5th World List of tallest buildings and structures in the world Milad Tower is the world's fifth tallest tower & 14th tallest freestanding structure 2010

Globalization

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Global Competitiveness Report World Economic Forum Iran, not ranked 2006
Globalization Index 115th 122 KOF Globalization Index Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2007
Globalization Index 62nd 62 A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2006

Health

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Suicide Rate 96th 103 WHO Listed from highest suicide rate to lowest; Iran: Males=0.3/100,000 people, Females=0.1/100,000 people, Total=0.2/100,000 people 2008
Tobacco Consumption per capita 67th 121 WHO 764 Cigarettes smoked per adult per year; WHO put the prevalence of smoking for the year 2005 in 15+ year old's as: 5.5% of females & 29.6% of males[29]; More info: Tobacco Use Prevalence in Iran 2007
Alcohol consumption per capita N/A World List of countries by alcohol consumption Negligible per capita consumption of alcohol 2003
% of population with access to essential drugs 54th 163 World Health Organization Categorized in medium access level of 80%; Number of factories producing medicine: 122[30] 2000
Female % of HIV positive population 15+ years 107th 112 World Bank 16.67% of over-15 years old HIV+ population is female 2005
Incidence of tuberculosis per 100,000 people 144th 200 World Bank 23.48 per 100,000 People; 100% of all patients are under proper medical treatment as per WHO guidelines[31] 2005
Physicians per 1000 people 138th 202 World Bank 0.45 physicians/1000 people; Alternative WHO 2005 indicators: Total Physicians=61,870, Pharmaceutical personnel density=0.2/1000 People, Nursing and midwifery personnel density=1.6/1000 People, Dentistry personnel density=0.2/1000 People[32] 2004
Prevalence of opiate addiction 1st 132 United Nations Prevalence rate of 2.8% of population; Almost all opiates smuggled into Iran from Afghanistan; Initiation age for most Iranian addicts is their 20s[33] 1999
Annual cannabis use by country 31st 67 United Nations Annual prevalence rate of 4.2% of population 1999
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate 153rd 171 CIA World Factbook HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rate of 0.1% of Population; Recent WHO report puts the number of HIV+ people at 110,000 people or ~0.16% of population in 2007 & accelerating[34][35]; In past the primary mode of transmission was by syringe sharing among drug addicts but it is now being replaced by high risk sexual contacts[36]; Iran in 2003 had over 700,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections[37] 2001
Deaths due to HIV/AIDS 47th 153 CIA World Factbook 4,300 people die annually because of AIDS/HIV infection; Recent WHO report puts the number of deaths at 6,000 in 2007[38] WHO report puts the coverage of antiretroviral therapy at 6%[39] 2007
Prevalence of HIV among population aged 15-49 years 104th 148 World Bank Listed from highest rate to lowest; Iran: 0.15% of 15-49 year old's are HIV+; Recent WHO report puts the % of HIV+ 15-49 year old's at 0.3% in 2007[40] 2005
Access to Sanitation 22nd 129 CIA World Factbook 99% of population have access to proper sanitation 2003
% of Population undernourished 76th 76 United Nations Listed from highest malnourishment rates to lowest; Iran: less than 5% of population is malnourished; More info: Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Iran & Nutrition Landscape Information System for Iran 2009
Prevalence of contraceptive use among women 25th 176 World Bank 74% of women aged 15-49 use contraceptives; alternately ranked by UN at 12th/89 with 73% prevalence; Most widely used method is "contraceptive pill"[41]; More info: Contraceptive security 2000
Hospital beds/1000 people 133rd 191 World Bank Hospital beds/1000 population: 1.6/1000; 758 hospitals, 225,000 hospital beds, 438 emergency centers[42] 2001
Underweight children rate 63rd 95 United Nations Ranking is from highest rate to lowest; Iran: ~2% of children are underweight 2005
Global Hunger Index N/A N/A International Food Policy Research Institute / Map of Hunger Iran not ranked; Countries with malnourished population of 4.9% and lower are not ranked 2009
Malaria cases per 100,000 of population 72nd 94 United Nations/Complete report for Iran Ranking is from highest rate to lowest; Malaria cases in Iran: 27/100,000 of population 2001
% of 1 year old babies immunized against Diphtheria, Pertussis & Tetanus 1st 187 United Nations 99% of babies immunized against Diphtheria, Pertussis & Tetanus 2002
% of 1 year old babies immunized against Hepatitis B 1st 114 United Nations 99% of babies immunized against Hepatitis B 2002
% of 1 year old babies immunized against measles 1st 186 United Nations 99% of babies immunized against measles 2002
% of 1 year old babies immunized against Poliomyelitis 1st 187 United Nations 99% of babies immunized against Poliomyelitis 2002
% of 1 year old babies immunized against Tuberculosis 1st 153 United Nations 99% of babies immunized against Tuberculosis 2002
% of routine EPI vaccination financed by government 1st 133 United Nations 100% of all routine vaccinations financed by government 2002
World ranking of overall national health systems 93rd 190 WHO Ranked from best overall health care systems to worst 2000
World ranking of national health system performance & attainment 58th 191 WHO Ranking is based on composites of overall health care system, health level & distribution, responsiveness level & distribution, fairness in financial contribution, overall health goals attainment and per capita health expenditure 1997
% of under-5 year old children with ARI taken to health provider 3rd 80 United Nations 93% of children with Acute Respiratory Infection taken to health provider 2002
% of total births attended by skilled health staff 35th 158 Save the Children 97% of all births attended by skilled health staff; Ranked among 43 developed & 115 developing countries, totaling 158 2009
Expenditure on health as % of GDP 75th 188 World Bank 6.6% of GDP is spent on health 2004
% of babies exclusively breastfed for 6 months 30th 125 United Nations 44% of babies exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life; More info: Facts on Breastfeeding 1995-2002
% of households consuming iodized salt 15th 112 United Nations 94% of households consume iodized salt 1997-2002
Out of pocket health expenditure as % of private expenditure on health 64th 187 World Bank 94.8% of private health expenditure is out of pocket; More info: Health care system & Publicly-funded health care 2004
Prepaid plans as % of private health expenditure 75th 187 WHO Prepaid plans constitute 2.9% of private health funding; More info: Universal health care 2002
Government expenditure on health per capita 84th 185 WHO Government spends 206$ per person/Year 2002
Total expenditure on health per capita 69th 185 WHO Total health expenditure by government & private sectors: 432$ Per captia/Year 2002
Total population suffering from undernourishment 92nd 103 Countries by undernourishment rate Listed from highest rate to lowest; Iran: 4% of population is undernourished 2006
Probability of not reaching 40 years of age 73rd 111 United Nations Listed from highest probability to lowest; Iran: 9.3% 2001
Probability of reaching 65 years of age (males) 62nd 159 United Nations Listed from highest probability to lowest; Iran: 68.9% 2000
Probability of reaching 65 years of age (females) 91st 159 United Nations Listed from highest probability to lowest; Iran: 74.3% 2000
Total number of kidney transplants/Year 20th 47 Worldwide Transplant Center Directory 228 kidneys transplanted in 2002 2002
Kidney transplants per capita 35th 47 Worldwide Transplant Center Directory 3.35205 kidney transplants per 1 million people/Year 2002
Countries by total disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate 110th 194 WHO Iran has total DALY rate of 175.2 years per 1000 of population; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; More information: The burden of disease & injury in Iran & Global burden of disease & World Health Statistics 2009 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Tuberculosis 118th 194 WHO DALY rate of 0.78 year/1000 people for TB; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) excluding HIV/AIDS 100th 194 WHO DALY rate of 1.1 years/1000 people for STDs excluding HIV/AIDS; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for HIV/AIDS 102nd 194 WHO DALY rate of 0.83 year/1000 people for AIDS/HIV; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Diarrhea 89th 194 WHO DALY rate of 4.4 years/1000 people for diarrhea; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Meningitis 122nd 194 WHO DALY rate of 0.50 year/1000 people for meningitis; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Hepatitis B 88th 194 WHO DALY rate of 0.14 year/1000 people for hepatitis B; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; Higher DALYs in risk groups eg. truck drivers[43] 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Hepatitis C 89th 194 WHO DALY rate of 0.07 year/1000 people for hepatitis C; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Respiratory Infections 105th 194 WHO DALY rate of 4.62 years/1000 people for Respiratory infections; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Maternal conditions 76th 194 WHO DALY rate of 5.49 years/1000 people for Maternal conditions; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Perinatal conditions 77th 194 WHO DALY rate of 15.97 years/1000 people for Perinatal conditions; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Malnutrition 93rd 194 WHO DALY rate of 4.24 years/1000 people for Malnutrition; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; More info: Obesity in Iran & Obesity Scale Country Comparison & Facts on Malnutrition & Map of Obesity 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Cancers 148th 194 WHO DALY rate of 7.63 years/1000 people for Cancers; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; More info: Cancer Country Profile 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Diabetes 121st 194 WHO DALY rate of 2.77 years/1000 people for Diabetes; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Neuro-Psychiatric conditions 46th 194 WHO DALY rate of 34.41 years/1000 people for Neuro-Psychiatric diseases: Neurological+Psychiatric conditions; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for diseases of sensory organs 49th 194 WHO DALY rate of 12.84 years/1000 people for diseases of Sensory organs: Eye diseases+Ear diseases ; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Cardiovascular diseases 80th 194 WHO DALY rate of 21.63 years/1000 people for Cardiovascular diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; More info: Physical Inactivity Prevalence in Iran & Raised Cholesterol Prevalence in Iran & Raised Blood Pressure Prevalence in Iran 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Respiratory diseases 134th 194 WHO DALY rate of 6.18 years/1000 people for Respiratory diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Digestive diseases 169th 194 WHO DALY rate of 3.44 years/1000 people for Digestive diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Genito-Urinary diseases 123rd 194 WHO DALY rate of 1.86 years/1000 people for Genito-urinary diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Skin diseases 145th 194 WHO DALY rate of 0.42 years/1000 people for Skin diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Musculoskeletal diseases 130th 194 WHO DALY rate of 3.83 years/1000 people for Musculoskeletal diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; Example: Burden of osteoporosis in Iran 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Congenital Anomalies 82nd 194 WHO DALY rate of 4.41 years/1000 people for Congenital anomalies; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Oral diseases 37th 194 WHO DALY rate of 2.13 years/1000 people for Oral diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for All Accidents 29th 194 WHO DALY rate of 29.7 years/1000 people for Un-intentional Injuries; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; More info: Economic compensation of accidental injuries in Iran 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Intentional Injuries 138th 194 WHO DALY rate of 3.2 years/1000 people for Intentional Injuries; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; Economic loss of 0.49% of GDP/Year due to violence & intentional injuries[44] 2004
Total healthy life expectancy at birth 119th 192 WHO Total Healthy life expectancy (HALE) of 57.6 years on average at birth; Ranked from highest healthy life expectancy to lowest 2004
Male healthy life expectancy at birth 117th 192 WHO Male Healthy life expectancy (HALE) of 56.1 years on average at birth; Ranked from highest healthy life expectancy to lowest 2004
Male healthy life expectancy at 60 years of age 132nd 192 WHO Male Healthy life expectancy (HALE) of 10.4 years on average at 60 years of age; Ranked from highest healthy life expectancy to lowest 2004
Female healthy life expectancy at birth 118th 192 WHO Female Healthy life expectancy (HALE) of 59.1 years on average at birth; Ranked from highest healthy life expectancy to lowest 2004
Female healthy life expectancy at 60 years of age 121st 192 WHO Female Healthy life expectancy (HALE) of 11.9 years on average at 60 years of age; Ranked from highest healthy life expectancy to lowest 2004
Expectation of lost healthy years at birth (Male) 2nd 192 WHO Expectation of lost healthy years (Male) of 10.4 years on average at birth; Ranked from highest loss of healthy years to lowest; Iran is 2nd after Yemen in the world & followed by Iraq 2004
Expectation of lost healthy years at birth (Female) 1st 192 WHO Expectation of lost healthy years (Female) of 12.5 years on average at birth; Ranked from highest loss of healthy years to lowest; Iran has the highest loss of healthy years for females in the world 2004
Stockpiles of antiviral drugs for Pandemic Influenza Stockpiling antiviral medications for pandemic influenza Reserve supply of essential antiviral medications in case of pandemic influenza; Data not available for Iran 2010
Urban sulfur dioxide pollution 1st 141 World Health Organization City SO2 concentration: 209 micrograms/m3; More info: WHO map of deaths due to air pollution 1995
Country Rank by Top World Hospitals 21st World Webometrics Iran has one hospital among world's top 200 hospitals, 2 in top 500 and 4 in top 1000 2009

History and Culture

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Oldest countries on earth 1st World List of countries by statehood Iran with its inception in 3200 BC, is the oldest country in the world. More info: History of Iran & List of sovereign states by formation date 2010
World Tourism rankings United Nations Iran not yet ranked; Ranked by Iranian government at 68th worldwide; 641 hotels with 63,000 beds; Tourism generates 1.8% of employment[45] More info: Tourism in Iran
World heritage sites 22nd 239 United Nations 10 World Heritage Sites 2009
Longest defensive wall 2nd World List of walls Great Wall of Gorgan is the second longest defensive wall in existence after the Great Wall of China 2010
World's oldest artificial water reservoirs 1st World Qanat The world's oldest water reservoir is in Gonabad, is more than 2700 years old & is still in use; More info: Iranian architecture 2010
International Tourist Arrivals per Year 59th 152 United Nations 740,000 International tourists/Year 2000
International tourism expenditure 28th 158 World Bank Amount Iranian tourists spent in 2004 on their international visits: 4.4 billion dollars; Alternative survey by UN put the figure at $4.6 billion for the year 2006 & the amount International tourists spent in Iran for the same year at $1.2 billion[46] 2004
Sovereign jewels collection 1st World Iranian Crown Jewels World's largest collection of jewels 2010
Number of former national capitals 1st World List of former national capitals Highest number of national capital relocation; Iran has had 30 former capitals before Tehran 2010
Accuracy of solar calendar in use 1st World Iranian calendar Most accurate solar calendar in use 2010
Largest ancient empires 1st World List of largest empires Achaemenid Empire (480 BC) was the largest ancient empire in history 2010
Largest empires of all times 14th World List of largest empires Achaemenid Empire with an area of 7.7 million km2, was the 14th largest empire to have ever existed 2010
Largest modern empires 15th World List of largest empires Afsharid Persian Empire with an area of 4 million km2, is the 15th largest among modern empires 2010
Largest contiguous empires of all times 8th World List of largest empires Achaemenid Empire is the 8th largest contiguous empire of all times 2010
Largest empires by total population size 12th World List of largest empires Sassanid Empire with a total population of 78 million in 7th century is the 12th largest empire of all times 2010
Largest empires by percentage of the world's population 1st World List of largest empires Achaemenid Empire with 44% of the world's population is the largest empire of all times in terms of the fraction of world's population under its control; Sassanid Empire is second with 37.1% 2010
Largest empires by percentage of world's GDP 9th World List of largest empires Afsharid Persian Empire with 24.24% of the world's GDP is the 9th largest empire of all times 2010
Largest empires by the size of GDP 10th World List of largest empires Afsharid Persian Empire with a GDP of $119.85 billion in 1740 AD, is the 10th largest empire of all times by its size of economy 2010
Total duration of all empires by country 1st World List of largest empires Iran has the most number of years ruling as an empire in history 2010
Largest producers of handmade carpets 1st World Carpet Iran produces 3/4 of the world's handmade carpets; Iran has 30% share of the world's carpet export market[47][48][49][50]; Iran has also produced the world's largest handmade carpet, measuring 60,546 square feet.[51][52][53] More info: Carpet Museum of Iran 2010

Industry and Mining

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Iran's International Rankings of Mining Output N/A N/A N/A <<< See the link provided for complete stats N/A
World's largest mining companies 23rd World World Bank Iran's national mining corporation (IMIDRO) is the world's 23rd largest mining company with 0.6% of the world's total mining production 2007
Industrial production growth rate 28th 161 CIA World Factbook Industrial growth rate of 4.0% annually; Alternatively put at 7.4% by Iranian government[54] 2009
List of countries by motor vehicle production 16th 52 International Organization of Automobile Manufacturers 1,051,430 automobiles manufactured yearly; More info: Automotive industry in Iran 2008
High Technology Exports per capita 114th 167 World Bank High-technology exports are products with high R&D intensity, such as in nuclear, aerospace, computers, pharmaceuticals, scientific instruments and electrical machinery; Iran: ~1,461 $ per 1,000 people/Year 2004
Petrochemical production 45th World Chemical & Engineering News Iran is the world's 45th largest chemical producer with an annual production sale value of 7.8 billion dollars[55][56][57][58][59]; NIOC of Iran with ~1.67 million barrels/day, ranks 11th globally in terms of total oil refining capacity[60]; NIPC of Iran plans to become world's second largest producer of chemicals by 2015[61], Iran also plans to become world's second largest exporter of Polymers[62] 2008
Non-energy use of bitumen asphalt 6th 130 United Nations Annual use of 3,496,000 tonnes asphalt 2005
Trademarks Per capita 33rd 142 World Bank Trademarks are distinctive signs that identify/protect goods or services as those produced by an enterprise or individual; Iran: ~153 per 1 million people 2001
Non-energy use of lubricants 9th 147 United Nations 770,000 tonnes of lubricants used annually 2005
Usage of naphtha by industry 13th 45 United Nations Annual use of 2,492,000 tonnes of naphtha 2005
Industrial electricity consumption per capita 73rd 171 United Nations ~692 kWh per capita/Year 2005
Industrial use of residual oil 5th 142 United Nations 6,869,000 tonnes used/Year of residual oil 2005
Quantity of value added manufacturing 29th 155 World Bank 21.22 billion constant year 2000 US$/Year of value added manufacturing 2005
Bagasse consumption by industry 27th 80 United Nations 1,206,000 tonnes of Bagasse consumed by industry annually 2005
Diesel consumption by industry 15th 128 United Nations 1,798,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Total lubricant production 10th 86th United Nations Annual lubricants production of 955,000 tonnes 2005
Natural gas consumption by chemical industry 9th 66 United Nations Annual usage of 138,966 Tera-joules 2005
Blast furnace gas consumption by industry 19th 47 United Nations 10,102 Tera-joules consumed/Year 2005
Coal consumption by industry 42nd 89 United Nations 330,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Uranium production World World Nuclear Association Currently Iran does not produce significant amounts of Uranium 2008
Steel production by country 20th World World Steel Association/US Geological Survey More than 10 million tonnes/Year 2008
Copper mine production 12th World British Geological Survey Annual production of 249,100 tonnes 2006
Aluminium production 17th World List of countries by aluminium production Annual production of 457,000 tonnes 2006
Cement production 14th World List of countries by cement production/Pie Chart of World's Production Annual production of 32 million tonnes, or ~1.4% of the world's total output[63] 2005
Iron production 12th World US Geological Survey Annual production of 20 million tonnes 2006
Gypsum production 2nd World British Geological Survey Iran is the world's 2nd largest producer after China 2006
Iron ore production 8th World US Geological Survey Annual production of 33 million tonnes[64] 2009
Production of natural iron oxide 9th World US Geological Survey Annual production of 2,600 tonnes 2006
Production of ammonia 21st World US Geological Survey Annual ammonia production of 1.02 million tonnes 2006
Reserves of Zinc 1st World British Geological Survey Iran has the world's largest zinc reserves, in addition to 2nd largest reserves of copper, ninth largest reserves of iron and eleventh largest reserves of lead[65][66][67] 2010

Military and Defense

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Composite Index of National Capability (CINC) 17th World Correlates of War CINC is a statistical measure of national Hard power as opposed to Soft power representing demographic, economic and military strength of a nation; Index of Iran=0.013321, Index of World's total capability=1 2001
Military expenditures 24th 169 CIA World Factbook Total annual military budget of 6.3 billion dollars[68] 2007
Military expenditure as % of GDP 65th 174 SIPRI Iran spends 2.5% of its GDP on its military defense; More info: Comparison of world's expenditure on military, health and education 2006
Level of military equipment N/A N/A CSIS Comparison of Iran's military hardware with that of the world; More info: Equipment of the Iranian Army& List of current ships of the Iranian Navy & List of aircraft of the Iranian Air Force & Military Equipments of Iran & Assessment of Iranian military by CSIS 2010
List of states with nuclear weapons N/A N/A United Nations Iran as member of NPT currently does not possess any confirmed atomic weapons; Iran is not under any Nuclear umbrella or in a Nuclear-weapon-free zone 2010
Total number of troops 8th 165 CSIS Total troops numbering 1,180,000 2005
Male manpower fit for military service 15th 234 CIA World Factbook 17.67 million males fit for military service 2009
Male manpower reaching military service age annually 15th 234 CIA World Factbook 700,213 males reach military service age annually 2009
List of countries by size of police forces 24th 47 CSIS Police force size of 40,000 personnel 2006
Private gun & firearms ownership 30th 34 List of countries by gun ownership 5.3 guns owned privately per 100 residents 2007
Arms exports/Year 37th 40 SIPRI Iran's arms exports: $1,000,000/Year; Iran is prohibited from exporting its locally manufactured military equipment by United Nations Security Council; Iran is currently facing the longest sanction in modern history[69][70]; More info: Sanctions against Iran & Iran and Libya Sanctions Act & CASMII 2005
Arms imports/Year 17th 169 World Bank Iran's arms imports: 403,000,000/Year; More info: Iranian arms imports comparison by CSIS 2005
Arms imports per capita/Year 60th 169 World Bank Approximately 6 dollars per Person per Year 2005
Most afflicted countries by WMD 2nd World Weapon of mass destruction Iran is the second most afflicted country by weapons of mass destruction only after Japan due to WMDs used by Saddam Hussein against Iranian civilian & military population; Iran did not retaliate even though it was capable of doing so; There have been friendly meetings between Japanese and Iranian victims of WMD[71][72][73][74][75][76] More info; Iranian victims of WMD 2010
Most afflicted countries by Chemical and Biological warfare 1st World Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Iran is the most afflicted country in history of mankind by Chemical and Biological weapons; Iranian civilian population is also the first victim of Chemical weapons in history; Estimated 100,000 Iranian civilians and military personnel were killed and another 100,000 were injured during Iran-Iraq war by biochemical weapons; Today Iran is at the forefront of treatment sciences for chemical injuries[77][78][79][80][81][82][83][84][85] More info: Halabja poison gas attack & Al-Anfal Campaign 2010
Deadliest wars and armed conflicts 18th World List of wars and disasters by death toll The defensive war which Iran fought when Iraq tried to invade Iran is the 18th most bloody war in history of mankind; Iran has not been engaged in an offensive war since the Battle of Karnal in 1739. 2010

Politics

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Global Peace Index 99th 144 Economist Intelligence Unit The survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2009
Political orientation as % of far left proponents in population 9th 61 World Values Survey 7.3% of population hold far left political views; More info: Map of Iran's political blogosphere 2005
Political orientation as % of far right proponents in population 40th 61 World Values Survey 3.9% of population hold far right political views 2005
Worldwide Governance Indicators N/A N/A World Bank/Complete report for Iran Performance measurement of Voice & Accountability, Political Stability and Lack of Violence/Terrorism, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law and Control of Corruption 2008
Corruption Perceptions Index 168th 180 Transparency International Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2007
Worldwide press freedom index 166th 169 Reporters Without Borders Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2007
Democracy Index 145th 167 Economist Intelligence Unit Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation; More info: List of countries by system of government 2008
% Female ministers as of total ministers 23rd 125 Inter-Parliamentary Union Females: 27.1% of government at ministerial level 2000
List of countries by Failed States Index 38th 177 Fund For Peace Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2009
Presidential election voting age population 10th 91 Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 32,585,700 eligible voters for presidential elections 2003
Freedom of the Press (report) 184th 196 Freedom House Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimations 2009

Religion

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Muslim population 7th 67 Demographics of Islam 7th largest Muslim population in the world; More info: List of countries by Muslim population 2005
Muslims as % of population 6th 168 International Religious Freedom Report 99% of population is Muslim; More info: Religions by country 2004
Shia's as % of total Muslim population 1st 67 Demographics of Islam 89% of Muslim population of the country is Shia 2005
Number of Shia Muslims by Country 1st 67 Demographics of Islam 61,924,500 Shia Muslims; Second is Pakistan 2005
Sunni's as % of total Muslim population 67th 67 Demographics of Islam 9% of Muslim population of the country is Sunni 2005
Protestants population 98th 167 Protestantism by country Population of 204,054
Population of Roman Catholics 149th 170 Roman Catholicism by country Population of 13,603
Jewish population of countries 24th 89 World Jewish Congress ~25,000-40,000 Jews live in Iran according to various estimates[86][87][88] 1998

Science and Technology

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Global Innovation Index BCG & NAM Iran not yet ranked
Science & Technology Growth Rate 1st 195 Science-Metrix Report / Science-Metrix country graph comparison / Government of United Kingdom Highest science & technology growth rate in the world, 1000% increase in 9 years (1995-2004); Iran has increased its academic publishing output from 0.0003% of world's output in 1970 to 0.29% in 2004 (That is ~100,000% growth in 33 years)[89]; Ranked at 45th by total scientific output; Ranked 12th in mathematics, 13th in computer sciences, 17th in medical, 18th in chemistry & 15th in nanotechnology[90][91] 2005
Research and development spending 43rd 69 World Bank About 0.5% of GDP is spent on research and development yearly 2000
Research and development spending per capita 58th 69 World Bank 0.007351 % of national GDP per 1 million people 2000
Technology Achievement Index 45th 68 United Nations Technology Achievement Index measures creation of technology, diffusion of recent innovations, diffusion of old innovations & human skills; Iran's score: 0.26 out of 1 2001
Patents granted per capita 56th 60 World Intellectual Property Organization 0.014702 Patents per one million people; More info: Intellectual property in Iran 1998
Highest budget national space agencies 10th World List of space agencies ISA with $400 million/Year has the 10th highest budget of a national space organization in the world 2007
First orbital launches by country 9th World Timeline of first orbital launches by country Iran is the 9th country to reach space 2010
Biological space launch capability 6th World Animals in space Iran is the sixth country to have launched animals into space & recover them alive 2010
National Spacefaring Capability World List of human spaceflight programs Iran currently does not have the capability to launch humans into space; Iran plans to send humans to space by the start of 2021[92] 2010

Society

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Quality-of-life index 150th 194 Economist Intelligence Unit Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimations 2010
Legatum Prosperity Index 94th 104 Legatum Institute Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimations 2009
Satisfaction with Life Index 96th 178 Measure of subjective life satisfaction Measurement of wealth, health and access to basic education; Score of Iran=200 2006
Incarceration Rate 57th 217 International Centre for Prison Studies 222 Prisoners per 100,000 People 2009
% female prisoners as of total prison population 81st 134 International Centre for Prison Studies Females comprise 3.5% of prison population 2003
% pre-trial detainees as of total prison population 89th 143 International Centre for Prison Studies Pre-trial detainees comprise 24.8% of total prison population 2003
Privacy Index Privacy International Iran not yet ranked
Homicide Rate 66th 144 United Nations Homicide rate of 2.93 intentional murders per 100,000 people 2009
Global Gender Gap Report 128th 134 World Economic Forum Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2009
Mother's Index Rank 49th 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers 2009 The index is a calculated composite measure of indicators for health, education, equality, economic freedom, nutrition & political status related to the well being of mothers; Ranking is among 43 developed & 115 developing countries, totaling 158 2009
Women's Index Rank 45th 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers 2009 The index is a calculated composite measure of indicators for health, education, equality, economic freedom, nutrition & political status related to the well being of women; Ranking is among 43 developed & 115 developing countries, totaling 158 2009
Children's Index Rank 45th 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers 2009 The index is a calculated composite measure of indicators for health, education, equality, economic freedom, nutrition & political status related to the well being of children; Ranking is among 43 developed & 115 developing countries, totaling 158 2009
Child Development Index 68th 143 Save the Children: Child Development Index 2008 Index measures education, health & nutrition of children 2000-2006
Sen Social Welfare Function 49th World List of countries by Sen social welfare function Iran is 49th in the world in terms of best social welfare function 2009
Gender-related Development Index 76th 155 United Nations / Complete Report Index shows the inequalities between men and women in these areas: long and healthy life, knowledge & a decent standard of living 2009
Gender Empowerment Measure 103rd 109 United Nations / Complete Report Index measures inequalities between men's and women's opportunities in a country 2009
Brain drain by country 1st World Iran's brain drain Iran has the highest rate of brain drain in the world 2002

Transport

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Merchant marine capacity 30th 146 CIA World Factbook Iran owns a total of 188 ships of which 73 are Iranian flagged ships & 115 ships sail with foreign flags plus one additional foreign (UAE) owned ship sailing with Iranian flag 2008
Rail transport network size 25th 148 International Union of Railways Total rail network length of 7,335 km; More info: Iran railways 2007
Road network size 29th 191 CIA World Factbook Total road network length of 172,927 km 2006
Total length of pipelines 8th 120 CIA World Factbook Total pipeline length of 36,509 km; condensate 7 km; condensate/gas 397 km; gas 19,161 km; liquid petroleum gas 570 km; oil 8,438 km; refined products 7,936 km 2007
Length of Liquid Petroleum Gas Pipelines 6th 17 CIA World Factbook 570 Km of LPG pipelines 2006
Length of Oil Pipelines 6th 97 CIA World Factbook 8,256 Km of oil pipelines 2006
Length of Refined Products Pipelines 2nd 53 CIA World Factbook 7,808 Km of pipelines for refined products 2006
Rapid transit systems 36th 53 Total rapid transit systems statistics by country 48.5 km of rapid transit network length with 40 stations 2002
Vehicles per capita 67th 141 List of countries by vehicles per capita 133 vehicles per 1000 people; More info: List of international vehicle registration codes 2010
Waterways length 70th 109 CIA World Factbook 850 km of waterways 2008
Air transport, freight 59th 176 World Bank 98.22 million tonnes-km/Year airlifted 2005
Air transport, passengers carried 26th 177 World Bank 12,708,350 Air passengers/Year 2005
Number of airports 26th 251 CIA World Factbook 331 Operational airports 2007
Number of heliports 15th 101 CIA World Factbook 14 Operational heliports 2007
Rail usage by Annual Passenger-Km Per Capita 26th 32 International Union of Railways Ranked among countries with more than 5 billion passenger-Km/year; Iran: 180 passenger-Km Per Capita/Year 2006
Rail usage by annual Billion Tonne-Kilometers/Year 20th 32 International Union of Railways Ranked among countries with more than 10 billion tonne-kilometers; Iran: 20.5 billion tonne-kilometers 2006
Total number of Airports with paved runways 20th 227 CIA World Factbook 129 Operational airports with paved runways 2007
Number of airports with paved runways, length: 2438-3047 meters 15th 161 CIA World Factbook 28 Airport runways with length of 2438 m to 3047 m 2007
Number of airports with paved runways, length: over 3047 meters 4th 161 CIA World Factbook 40 Airport runways with length of over 3047 m 2007
Gasoline (Petrol) consumption by transport sector 10th 194 United Nations Annual gasoline (petrol) consumption of 17,854,000 tonnes by vehicles 2005
Jet fuel bunker capacity 21st 158 United Nations National jet fuel bunker capacity of 850,000 tonnes 2005
Traffic related deaths per capita 11th World List of countries by traffic-related death rate / Smeed's law / Epidemiology of motor vehicle collisions / Traffic injuries in Iran 35.8 people per 100,000 of population die in traffic accidents yearly; Total deaths of 22,918 according to WHO report 2009[93]; Leading cause of premature death & disability; 1.3 million potential life-years lost annually; Male to female death ratio of 5 to 1; Most common causes: not wearing seat belt, taligating, over-speeding, wrong overtakes, not wearing helmets, rapid changing of lanes, not signalling[94][95]; More info: Graph comparisons of Iran & Rapid motorization & traffic injuries in Iran 2000
Number of Natural Gas Vehicles by Country 4th World Worldwide NGV Statistics Iran stands 4th worldwide in terms of fleet of vehicles running on CNG with over one million NGVs and over 500 fueling stations 2008

Note

The surveys producing these world rankings have been done in different times and might not be current. Furthermore in most surveys only the important countries in the respective fields have been surveyed, thus the ranks might not be out of the whole world and all countries. It should also be noted that the rankings are based on surveys by numerous entities with different benchmarks and standards, thus caution is needed in their interpretation of final results specially in the case of subjective field matters, as some of these rankings maybe based on speculative, biased, subjective or politicized evaluations.

See also

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