International rankings of Iran

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The following are international rankings for Iran: §

Agriculture[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Number of agricultural machinery: Tractors 22 190 World Bank 258,000 Tractors in operation 2003
Irrigated land per capita 14 173 CIA World Factbook ~1,153 km2 per 1 million people 2003
Total agricultural land 15 199 World Bank 616,000 km2 of Agricultural land 2005
Total agricultural land per capita 57 199 World Bank ~9 km2 of agricultural land per 1,000 people 2005
Area of permanent crops 18 181 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 109 199 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
Index of agricultural production 13 149 United Nations Index based on agricultural output for 1989-91 taken as 100; Index of Iran: 141 1996-98
Annual diesel consumption in agriculture 7 107 United Nations Annual diesel consumption in agriculture of 3,341,000 tonnes 2005
Agricultural electricity consumption per capita 18 110 United Nations 241.3 kWh per capita/Year 2005
Cereal production 13 149 World Resources Institute 141,000 tonnes of Cereal produced annually 2001
Meat production per capita 73 149 United Nations ~21.1 kg/person annually 1998

Communication and Information Technology[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
E-readiness 68 70 Economist Intelligence Unit 2009
Number of Internet Users 11 195 Internet World Stats 51.7% of population use internet 2009
Total number of broadband internet users 44 48 International Telecommunication Union 300,000 broadband internet users or ~0.41% of population; More info: Internet in Iran 2008
Digital Opportunity Index 105 120 International Telecommunication Union 2007
Telephone Lines in Use 12 100 CIA World Factbook 24,800,000 Telephone lines in use; 80% of telephony system had become digitized by 2004[3] 94.8% of homes had telephone lines in 2010[4] 2008
Mobile Phones in Use 20 56 United Nations 52,000,000 Mobile phone users; 69.3% of population use mobile phones 2010
Investment in telecommunication infrastructure as % of total revenue 10 190 World Bank 73.68% of total revenue in telecommunication sector was reinvested for expansion of telecommunication & Cyberinfrastructure 2005
E-government Readiness 102 193 United Nations Measure of a country's e-Government capabilities 2010
E-participation of Public 117 193 United Nations Measure of a nation's population participation in e-Government 2010
Number of Television Broadcast Stations 67 228 CIA World Factbook In 1997 there were 28 TV broadcast stations plus 450 repeaters in Iran; More info: By 2010, there were 74 high power broadcast stations, 430 medium power and 5,000 low power broadcast stations in addition to 120 TV studios, 47 TV channels & 50 radio channels; Iran switched from SECAM to PAL in 1998; By 2015 Iran plans to complete its switchover to digital TV;[5] More info: Countries by color TV introduction & Countries by TV introduction 1997
Number of Internet Service Providers (ISP) 9 165 CIA World Factbook 100 ISP's in operation 2002
List of countries by number of Internet hosts 120 190 CIA World Factbook There are 2,860 Internet hosts in Iran.[citation needed] 2008
Number of websites on national domain 58 World Webometrics Iran has 310,000 websites on its national domain (dotIR); Iran ranks 32nd globally in terms of total number of websites[6] 2009
Internet Speed 174 181 Speedtest.net Hamadan is the province of Iran with the fastest upload/download speed at 0.32/1.09 Mbps and I.P.M. is the fastest ISP in Iran with 0.76/2.87. 2010
Google Transparency Report World Google Iran censors internet traffic. [4] 2010

Demographics[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Birth Rate 96 195 United Nations 20.3 Births per 1000 population/Year 2005-10
Death Rate 165 195 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[7][8][9] More info: List of most important causes of death for humans
2005-10
Nations with least divorce rate 25 World United Nations Crude divorce rate of 0.94 per 1,000 population; By 2009 Iran's divorce rate had reached 1.7 per 1,000 people[10] 2004
Cities Proper by Population 17 61 United Nations City proper of Tehran; population: 7,873,000; Area: 760 km2; Population density: 10,359 Persons/km2 2007
Urban agglomerations by Population 28 100 United Nations Tehran population agglomerate with a population of 7,873,000 2007
Urbanization by country 65 193 CIA World Factbook 68% of population is urban; 982 cities & 68,122 villages[11] 2005-10
Urbanization Rate 82 193 CIA World Factbook Urbanization rate of 2.1% 2005-10
List of countries by infant mortality rate 119 195 United Nations Infant mortality rate of 30.6 & Under-5 mortality rate of 35.5 /1000 live births 2006
Maternal mortality rate 92 136 United Nations 37/100,000 Pregnancies; By 2008 Iran's MMR became 27.8/100,000 Pregnancies[12] 1985-99
Population 17 223 United Nations Population of 74,196,000 or Approximately 1.09% of the world's population; More info: List of countries by population (graphical) & Past and future population by country 2009
Life Expectancy 108 World United Nations Overall life expectancy of 71 years; Male: 69.4yrs; Female: 72.6yrs 2005-10
Population Growth Rate 96 230 United Nations Population growth rate of 1.35% 2005-10
Population Density 160 239 United Nations Population density of 45.017 persons/km2 2005
Net Migration Rate 126 154 CIA World Factbook Migrants/1000 population: -2.62 2009
Fertility Rate 129 223 United Nations Total fertility rate of 2.04 births/woman; Iran has reduced its fertility rate of 6.6 births/woman in 1970 to the replacement level of 2 in 2005 in a revolutionary female health program & successfully stopping Iran's first baby-boom; This reduction of fertility rate is one of the fastest in history of mankind[13][14][15][16][17][18] Total fertility rate declined from 7 births/woman in 1979 to 1.9 births/woman in 2006[19] 2005-10
Adolescent fertility rate: Births/1000 females aged 15-19 years 139 185 World Bank 19.14 births/1000 Females aged 15–19; Ranked from highest rates to lowest; More info: UNICEF statistics 2005
Immigrant Population 21 192 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 1 110 United Nations Host to the world's largest and longest staying foreign refugees population;[20][21][22][23][24] Mostly Iraqi and Afghan refugees; More info: Afghan Refugees in Iran; As of 2010 there are more than 3 million Afghan refugees living in Iran, and in the prior three decades Iran has been host to an average refugee population of over 5 million[25] 1999
Median Age 120 230 CIA World Factbook Total median age: 27; Male median age: 26.8; Female median age: 27.2. 2008
Population in year 2015 18 225 United Nations At year 2015, population will be: 79,917,000; At year 2020, population will be: 83.7 million;[26] Total population of Iran will hit 100 million by 2030; The figures are for population inside Iran and does not include the year 2006 population of Iranian expatriates of 5 million (with an estimated net worth of over $1.3 trillion) & increasing;[27] Total population of Iranians all over the world will hit 100 million by 2025[28] 2004

Economy[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
GDP (PPP) 18 193 World Bank GDP (PPP)= 843.86 billion dollars 2009
GDP (PPP) per capita 59 166 World Bank GDP (PPP) per capita= $11,666; More info: Iran's GDP/Capita from 1800 to 2009 2008
GDP (nominal) 26 182 World Bank GDP (nominal)= 385.2 billion dollars; Iran will be the world's 16th largest economy in GDP (nominal) terms by 2025[29] Iran's GDP (nominal) forecast according to EIU: 2010=$411 billion, 2011=$472 billion, 2012=$545 billion, 2013=$626 billion, 2014=$705 billion, 2015=$804 billion;[30][31][32] 2008
GDP (nominal) per capita 73 170 World Bank GDP (nominal) per capita= $5,441; Iran's GDP (nominal) per capita will reach US $32,676 by 2050;[29] 2008
GDP (PPP) per person employed 36 87 CIA World Factbook US $39,696 per person employed; 33% of the total population is employed 2009
GNI per capita (PPP) 57 World World Bank Average national income (PPP) of $11,490 per person/Year 2009
GNI per capita (nominal) 93 World World Bank Iran's 2007 GNI (nominal) per capita=US $4,530; More info: Iran's GNI (nominal) per capita will be~ US $12,000 by 2025,[29] Iran GNI world comparison map 2007
GDP growth rate 68 182 International Monetary Fund GDP growth of 20.6% (Not adjusted) 2009
GDP (real) growth rate 47 217 CIA World Factbook Adjusted GDP (real) growth rate of 6.5%; See also: 1990-2007 annualized GDP growth rate 2008
Real GDP per capita growth rate 99 174 World Bank Iran's real GDP per capita growth rate=3.1% 2006
World's largest consumer markets 26 World United Nations Size of Iran's consumer market in 2009 was ~US $196 billion; More info: Goldman Sachs N11 Paper 2009
Starting a Business Index 48 World World Bank The index measures the ease of starting up a new business 2010
Ease of Doing Business Index 137 183 World Bank The survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2010
Business freedom index 77 World Freedom Meta-Index Index measuring freedom for private businesses 2011
Prime lending rate 76 153 CIA World Factbook Prime lending rate of 12% 2007
Human Development Index 70 182 United Nations / UN Human Development Report 2010 Human development index of 0.702; Categorized among High-HDI countries; Iran ranks 3rd worldwide in terms of progress in its Human Development Index for the past three decades[33] 2010
Human Poverty Index 59 135 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: HDR for Iran 2009
National wealth per capita 88 World World Bank Iran's per capita national wealth=US $38,000 2000
Income equality 47 World United Nations Iran had a Gini coefficient of 43; Iran's Gini became 38.3 in 2007 as per UN HDR-2009 1998
Least Inflation Rates 83 World IMF Inflation rate of ~8%[34] More info: Iranian online consumer price monitor 2010
Government Budget 32 188 CIA World Factbook Government revenue of $97.7 billion in 2009; 2010-2011 Total Government Budget of $347 billion [35] More info: Government of Iran 2009
List of countries by received FDI 74 World CIA World Factbook ~6.96 billion dollars of Foreign Direct Investment in Iran by foreign entities. Iran ranked sixth globally in 2010 in attracting foreign investments.[36] 2008
List of countries by FDI abroad 65 World CIA World Factbook 993 million dollars invested by Iranian entities outside of Iran 2008
Size of Sovereign Wealth Funds 20 36 Sovereign Wealth Funds Institute Sovereign wealth fund of 23 billion dollars in oil stabilization fund (OSF); see also: National Development Fund 2009
Investment as % of GDP 36 145 CIA World Factbook Share of gross fixed investment as % of GDP: 27.7% 2008
Exports per capita 71 154 CIA World Factbook $797 of exports per capita/Year 2006
Tax revenue as % of GDP 163 World Heritage Foundation Government tax revenue as % of GDP=7.3%. More info: Taxation in Iran 2008
General government final consumption expenditure 38 145 World Bank General government final consumption is the total government expenditure excluding capital investments; Iran: 15,826,440,000 constant 2000 US$ 2005
List of countries by imports 46 222 CIA World Factbook Annual import bill of $66.97 billion 2012
List of countries by exports 52 222 CIA World Factbook Total annual exports of $66.37 billion 2012
Unemployment rate 75 World United Nations Unemployment rate of 11.3%; Ranked from highest unemployment rate to lowest. 2009
Difficulty of hiring index 10 154 Doing Business & World Bank Measures the difficulty to hire workers; Index of Iran: 78 2004
Difficulty of firing index 118 154 Doing Business & World Bank Measures the difficulty to fire workers; Index of Iran: 10 2004
Primary exports as % of manufactured exports 9 117 World Bank Primary export is 93% of total manufactured exports, mostly oil 2000
Compensation of employees as % of total business expenses 14 135 World Bank 47.14% of business expense is employee compensation 2005
GDP sector composition 35 197 CIA World Factbook Agriculture=11.2%; Industry= 41.7% ; Service= 47.1%; Share of oil related activity in total GDP is less than 10%[37] 2005
Real Growth in Total Trade 73 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 114 World CIA World Factbook Total public debt stands at 16.2% of GDP; Ranked from highest total government debt to lowest. 2010
Total external debt 84 World CIA World Factbook Ranked from the highest debt to lowest; Total external debt of 12.84 billion dollars; Or 3.7% of GDP; Or $166 per person; 4th least indebted country in the world by external debt to GDP ratio 2010
Total Debt Service 33 135 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 22 185 CIA World Factbook Total labour force of 24.35 million people, more info: Labor and tax laws in Iran 2008
% of Industry in total Labour force 15 139 World Bank 30.4% of labour force work in industry 2005
% of Agriculture in total labour force 47 139 World Bank 24.9% of labour force work in agriculture 2005
% of female employment in industry 5 130 World Bank 28.4% of all industrial labour force is female 2005
% of female employment in agriculture 29 130 World Bank 34.2% of all agricultural labour force is female 2005
Economic activity growth of females 6 156 International Labour Organization 34% growth of female participation in economic activities 1990–2000
Retirement pension as % of GDP 56 58 United Nations/IMF Iran spends 1.1% of its GDP on national pensions; 5% of Iran's population is 65 yrs old & above; In 2009 for every retiree there were fifteen active workers & by 2050 this ratio is going to fall to three workers per retiree 2009
Index of Economic Freedom 171 179 2008 Heritage Foundation Index of economic freedom 2011
World's highest central bank interest rates 75 World CIA World Factbook Annualized interest rate set by the central bank to charge commercial banks for short term loans; More info: Banking and Insurance in Iran 2011
World's highest commercial bank interest rates 76 World CIA World Factbook Averaged annualized interest rate charged by the commercial banks on new loans to their most trustworthy customers; More info: Bank Melli Iran 2007
Gross savings as % of Gross National Income 6 172 World Bank Gross savings of 41.57% of GNI 2005
Highest Marginal Tax Rate on High Income 6 109 World Bank 6th highest marginal tax rate for individual income exceeding $114,101.4; More info: Labour and tax laws in Iran 2006
Taxes on income, profits and capital gains as % of total taxes 11 137 World Bank Ratio: 58.84% 2005
Number of micro, small & medium enterprises 21 115 World Bank 1,255,382 Enterprises 1997
Number of micro, small & medium enterprises/1000 people 68 113 World Bank 20.62 Enterprises/1000 people 1997
International aid received as % of national GDP 120 129 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
Largest Islamic Banking Sector 1 World The Banker Iran has the world's largest Islamic banking sector valued at 235.5 billion US dollars[38][39][40] 2009
Least valued currency units 4 World International Monetary Fund Iranian rial is the world's 4th least valued currency unit; More info: Iranian rial 2009
World's largest black markets 19 World Havocscope Black Markets Database Size of Iran's black market is over US $10.64 billion; Largest black markets in Iran are that of alcohol smuggling ($912.5 million), Drug smuggling ($8.5 billion), Petroleum smuggling ($1.3 billion), Cigarette smuggling, Prostitution, Arms trafficking, Corruption, Pirated movies and Software piracy.[41][42] More info: Smuggling in Iran 2009
Freedom from taxes index 69 World Freedom Meta-Index Index measuring tax free status of different countries 2011

Education[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Adult literacy rate 47 World United Nations 91% of adult population (age 15 & above) is literate; Total illiteracy rate of 6.2% of population in 2002 improving from 52.5% in 1976[43] Total literacy rate (age 6 & above): 92.7% in 2002;[11] More info: Functional illiteracy & Aliteracy, Scientific literacy & School leaving age 2011
Education Index 112 176 United Nations Iran's educational index= 0.804; More info: Technological literacy & Scientific literacy & Information literacy & Cognitive science 2008
Book titles published per year 7 World Book titles published per country per year 65,000 Book titles published annually;[44][45] More info: Iran Book News Agency 2010
Number of book titles published in applied sciences 16 99 United Nations 2,426 Book titles in applied sciences published 1999
Number of book titles published in arts & recreation 18 93 United Nations 733 Book titles in arts & recreation published 1999
Number of book titles published in psychology & philosophy 13 83 United Nations 706 Book titles in psychology & philosophy published 1999
Number of book titles published in theology 2 96 United Nations 4,504 Book titles in theology published 1999
Number of book titles published in literature 54 98 United Nations 247 Book titles in literature published 1999
Number of book titles published in generalities 12 88 United Nations 612 Book titles in generalities published 1999
Number of book titles published in philology 3 91 United Nations 1,486 Book titles in linguistics published 1999
Number of book titles published in pure sciences 7 94 United Nations 1,844 Book titles in pure sciences published 1999
Number of book titles published in social sciences 30 99 United Nations 1,319 Book titles in social sciences published 1999
Number of Library Books Per capita 72 81 United Nations ~6 library books per 1,000 people 2004
Literacy rate of men aged 15-24 54 155 United Nations 98.1% of male population 15-24 yrs old are literate 2005
Female to Male ratio of Primary School enrollment 1 197 United Nations 1.223 females per one male student[46] 2005
Number of Secondary education students 8 185 World Bank 9,942,201 students in secondary schools 2005
Female/Male ratio of literacy rate in 15-24yrs old population 87 155 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[13] 2005
Number of pupils in primary education 17 193 World Bank 7,307,056 students in primary level schools 2005
Education enrollment at tertiary level 22 200 United Nations 1,714,433 students at tertiary level of education; 64% of university students are female[11] 2002
Education enrollment at tertiary level per capita 68 188 United Nations 26.159 tertiary level students per 1,000 people 2002
Education spending as % of GDP 58 132 United Nations 4.9% of GDP is spent on education 2003
Education budget as % of total government budget 19 161 World Bank Education budget is 22.85% of total government budget 2005
Total school life expectancy 58 110 United Nations Citizens on average attend 11.3 years of schooling 1999
Illiteracy rate among population over 15 years old 52 138 United Nations 20.9% of population over 15 years old are illiterate 2003
School Success Index Rank 29 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers report 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; More info: Study skills 2009
Country Rank by World's Top Universities 55 World Webometrics Iran has one university among the list of world's top 1000 universities & 30 among the top 5,000 universities; More info: National rankings of Iranian universities; Complete list for top 12,000 universities 2009
World's largest universities by enrollment 3 World List of largest universities by enrollment Islamic Azad University is the world's third largest university with more than 1.3 million students enrolled, it is also the world's largest private university 2010
World's Top Engineering Universities 184 World Quacquarelli Symonds University of Tehran stands at 184th and Sharif University of Technology stands at 244th place among the world's top engineering universities 2007
Academic Ranking of World Universities 401 500 ARWU University of Tehran is ranked at 401st among the world top 500 universities; More info: ARWU 2010 Report 2010
Ratio of % of universities among top 500 per % share of total GDP by country 34 World Ministry of Education (New Zealand) Ranking based on overall world universities ranking equalized against size of national economy to control for the fact that more wealthy nations can support their higher education systems to a greater degree due to higher funding availability thus measuring the quality of higher education adjusted for money spent on it 2009
Quality of math & science education 35 World World Economic Forum Measure of math & science education quality[47] 2011

Energy[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Energy consumption per capita 57 World World Resources Institute 23,748 kW·h/Year/Person. In 2010, per capita energy intensity in Iran was 15 times higher than in Japan and 10 times higher than the European Union;[48] 2003
Primary Energy Consumption 13 World International Energy Agency Energy, production of ~13.119 quadrillion BTU/Year (per 2000 U.S. Dollars);[49] By 2009 Iran stood at 11th worldwide annually consuming 204.8 million TOE[50] 2006
Primary Energy Production 6 World International Energy Agency Energy, consumption of 7.686 quadrillion BTU/Year (per 2000 U.S. Dollars);[49] 2006
Energy Intensity 1 World International Energy Agency[48] 2.5 times the Middle Eastern average in 2010; 14,120 tonnes of oil equivalent/$1 million of GDP in 2006;[49] More info: Fuel smuggling in Iran 2010
Total proven coal reserves 12 59 United Nations 11,143 million tonnes of reserves 2005
Total coal production 32 73 United Nations 1,330,000 tonnes per year 2005
Aviation gasoline exports 6 34 United Nations Ranked among exporting countries; Iran:10,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Gross inland availability of aviation gasoline 4 131 United Nations 95,000 tonnes of aviation gasoline available per year inside country 2005
Proven natural gas reserves 1 209 CIA World Factbook Total proven reserves of 33.1 trillion cubic meters or 15.8% of the world's total reserves;[50] More info: Natural gas fields of Iran & Natural gas reserves in Iran; Market value of Iran's total natural gas reserves at comparative international energy price of $75 per barrel of oil stands at ~US $4 trillion[51] 2012
Proven natural gas reserves per capita 5 71 CIA World Factbook 364,609 cubic meters per person 2005
Natural gas production 4 183 CIA World Factbook Annual production of 131.2 billion cubic meters[50] Annual production of ~220 billion cubic meters (0.6 billion cubic meters/day) in 2010[52] 2007
Natural gas consumption 3 183 CIA World Factbook Total annual natural gas consumption of 131.7 billion m3; Iran has the world's fastest growth rate in natural gas consumption;[50] Iran by 2011 had 80 years worth of gas reserves based on 2010 production levels;[53] More info: Peak gas; Natural gas by country 2009
Natural gas exports 25 182 CIA World Factbook Annual exports of 6.2 billion cubic meters 2007
Natural gas Imports 27 182 CIA World Factbook Annual imports of 6.1 billion cubic meters 2007
Natural gas consumption by households 5 67 United Nations Annual household natural gas usage of 1,243,256 Tera-joules 2005
Proven oil reserves 3 97 CIA World Factbook Total proven reserves of 136.2 billion barrels (2.165×1010 m3); Or ~ 1,750 barrels (278 m3) of oil per Iranian citizen; Market value of Iran's total oil reserves at international crude price of $75 per barrel stands at ~US $10 trillion.[51] 2007
Oil production 4 210 CIA World Factbook Daily production of ~4.2 million barrels (670,000 m3) 2008
Oil R/P ratio 1 World Statistical Review of World Energy Iran has the world's highest R/P ratio of 89.4 years for oil 2010
Oil consumption 15 208 CIA World Factbook Daily consumption of 1.63 million barrels (259,000 m3) 2006
Oil exports 8 205 CIA World Factbook Daily exports of 2.21 million barrels (351,000 m3); More info: Iranian oil bourse, OPEC Annual Statistical Bulletin; Countries importing Iranian oil in 2011 2009
Oil exports per capita 20 84 United Nations 1.94 tonnes exported annually per person (~12 barrels (1.9 m3)/Person/Year) 2005
Oil Imports 52 206 CIA World Factbook Iran imports 153,600 barrels (24,420 m3) of oil per day 2004
Total hydrocarbon reserves (Combined reserves of Oil & Gas) 2 World Oil & Gas Journal Total hydrocarbon reserves of Iran including both oil and natural gas measured in barrel of oil equivalent (boe) stands at 301.7 billion just after Saudi Arabia's 302.5 billion boe and ahead of Russia's 198.3 billion boe; Alternatively Iranian government puts the total reserve at 324 billion boe;[54] Iran is the only country with large reserves of both gas and oil; Iran is also the only country with large hydrocarbon reserves which has the potential to massively increase its production due to its current low production levels;[55][56] 2010
Nuclear Power Rankings of Nations 27 World IAEA Current Iranian nuclear generated electricity capacity is: 915 Mwh; Iran plans to produce 23,000 MWh of nuclear generated electricity in future[57] using 19 nuclear power plants;[58] More info: Iranian nuclear program & Nuclear facilities in Iran 2012
Uranium reserves / Uranium by country World World Nuclear Association As of 2009 Iran had an estimated total Uranium reserves of 20,300 tonnes recoverable at a cost of less than $260/kg[59] As per WNA Iran's 2012 uranium requirement for power generation was 170 tonnes[60] 2009
Electricity production 19 210 CIA World Factbook ~193.3 Tera-Watt-Hour/Year; More info: Electricity in Iran through history & List of power stations in Iran 2007
Electricity consumption 20 190 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;[61] 2005
Electricity exports 39 186 CIA World Factbook Annual exports of ~2.8 Tera-Watt-Hour; Iran's electricity exports rose to 5.5 TWh in 2009[62] 2006
Electricity imports 46 188 CIA World Factbook Electricity imports of 2.54 TWh/Year 2006
Electricity production per capita 86 214 CIA World Factbook ~2,747 kWh per capita/Year 2006
Electric power transmission losses as % of total output 30 131 World Bank Electrical transmission loss: 16.88% of output. 2004
Natural gas consumption by power plants 5 97 United Nations Annual usage of 1,379,527 Tera-joules by Power stations 2005
Installed wind power capacity 35 76 World Wind Energy Association Current installed capacity of 82 MWh; Iran's installed Wind power capacity growth rate= 49.4%; More info: Wind farms of Iran 2008
Largest hydroelectric power stations 44 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[11] More info: Energy in Iran & List of reservoirs and dams in Iran 2010
Diesel usage by power plants 6 171 United Nations 2,708,000 tonnes of diesel used by thermal power plants 2005
Annual refinery output of diesel 13 124 United Nations Annual production of 24,443,000 tonnes diesel 2005
Electricity produced from natural gas 6 96 World Bank 125,393 GWh produced from natural gas 2004
Inland availability of diesel oils 11 191 United Nations 21,976,000 tonnes of diesel available per year 2005
Household consumption of diesel 8 149 United Nations 6,374,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Private investment in public energy infrastructure 13 93 World Bank $650,000,000/Year 2004
Kerosene consumption by household & other consumers 4 174 United Nations 6,043,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Kerosene imports per year 3 166 United Nations 1,105,000 tonnes imported/Year 1997
Coal imports 50 110 United Nations 520,000 tonnes imported/Year 2005
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Exports 12 93 United Nations 1,791,000 tonnes exported/Year 2005
Total motor gasoline (petrol) production 16 121 United Nations Annual gasoline production of 11,154,000 tonnes 2005
Motor gasoline energy balance requirement 2 205 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 5 200 United Nations 6,677,000 tonnes imported/Year 2005
Natural Gasoline Production 4 21 United Nations 1,855,000 tonnes Produced 2005
Residual fuel oil consumption by households 3 116 United Nations 1,619,000 tonnes/Year consumed by households 2005
Jet fuel imports 64 166 United Nations Annual importation of 80,000 tonnes of jet fuel 1990
Annual output of jet fuel 37 108 United Nations Annual production of 850,000 tonnes jet fuel 2005
Least expensive diesel by country 2 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[63] 2005
Least expensive gasoline by country 8 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[63] 2005
Energy Development Index 2 64 International Energy Agency Index measures a country's per capita energy consumption, use of modern fuels & population's access to electricity 2011

Environment and ecology[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Environmental Sustainability Index 132 146 Yale University Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2005
Greenhouse emissions per capita 74 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 37 158 United Nations 54 species under threat of extinction 1999
Happy Planet Index 81 178 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 78 153 Yale University/Columbia University Iran's index=60.0[64] More info: Over-consumption and Dashboard of Sustainability 2010
Total renewable water resources 58 151 CIA World Factbook Iran has total renewable water resources of 137.5 Cubic Kilometers; More info: Water security & Water resources & Peak water 2008
Water availability per capita 116 141 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 13 53 World Conservation Monitoring Centre Biodiversity Richness Index: 2 1994
Carbon efficiency 28 141 Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center 2.36 tonnes of CO2 emissions/$ of GDP 2005
Coral reefs area 19 28 United Nations 700 km2 of coral reefs 2005
Endangered species protection 71 141 CITES 69.6% of CITES requirement met 2000
Land use statistics by country 16 176 CIA World Factbook Total cultivated land area of 221,400 Square Kilometers 2005
Carbon dioxide emissions per capita 70 210 United Nations 5.8 tonnes of CO2 emissions per person; More info: CO2 emissions per person map 2003
Total carbon dioxide emissions 11 210 United Nations 466,976,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions or ~ 1.6% of World's total emissions 2006
Total forest area 47 220 United Nations 110,750 Square kilometers of forests 2007
Fresh water withdrawal 11 168 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
Industrial Water Pollution 14 129 World Bank Metal industry contribution to total biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) emissions: 15.55% 2003

General[edit]

See also: Iran and Geography of Iran
Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Total Area 18 233 United Nations Area of 1,628,750 km2; or ~1.1% of World's total area 2010
Deadliest Earthquakes in History 8 World List of natural disasters 856 Damghan earthquake killed more than 200,000 People in Iran on December 22, 856 856
Countries by number of casualties from earthquakes 2 World United Nations Iran has the world's second highest number of casualties due to earthquakes per one million residents; More info: The natural disasters risk index 2010
Number of major earthquakes 1 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 N/A N/A List of Iranian people by net worth
World Giving Index 86 World Charities Aid Foundation Iran ranked 86th charitable nation worldwide with 35% of population having given money to charities, 38% of population having helped a stranger & only 12% having volunteered time; More info: World's most charitable nations 2010
Intensity of natural background radiation 1 World Natural background radiation at Ramsar Highest natural radioactivity level in the world; Annual dose of 260 mSv; More info: Acute radiation syndrome & Ionizing radiation 2010
% of water area 102 139 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 50 196 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 18 World List of countries and outlying territories by land area 1,636,000 km2 of land area 2010
World's largest islands 272 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); More info: List of islands by highest point 2010
World's highest points by country 22 World List of countries by highest point Damavand with height of 5,610 m (18,406 ft); Damavand is also one of Volcanic Seven Summits; More info: List of mountains in Iran & Extreme points of Earth 2010
World's lowest points 17 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 23 World List of deserts by area Dasht-e Kavir is the 23rd & Dasht-e Lut is the 25th largest desert in the world 2010
Most livable green countries 83 141 Reader's Digest Composite measure of HDI & ESI 2008
Tea consumption per capita 5 World World Market Research Annual per capita tea consumption of 1.2 kg 2004
Coffee consumption per capita 132 World World Resources Institute Annual per capita coffee consumption of 0.1 kg 2006
Wheat consumption per capita 7 World US government Yearly consumption of ~195 kg per person 2004
Southernmost point by country 127 World List of countries by southernmost point South east of Sistan va Baluchestan at 25°03'35"N 2010
Northernmost point by country 60 World List of countries by northernmost point West Azarbaijan region at 39°46'38"N 2010
Easternmost point by country 44 World List of countries by easternmost point Sistan va Baluchestan region at 63°18'03"E 2010
Westernmost point by country 146 World List of countries by westernmost point West Azarbaijan region at 44°02'50"E 2010
Hottest Places on Planet Earth 1 World NASA Gandom-Beriyan in Dasht-e Lut is the world's hottest place with a recorded temperature of 70.7 °C (159 °F);[65][66][67] More info: Iran Meteorological Organization & List of weather records (where it states a record of 87 °C (188 °F) in Abadan, Iran in June 1967) & Climate records 2005
Least Expensive Capital Cities 1 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;[68][69] Cost of living comparison between two cities 2007
World's Tallest Towers 5 World List of tallest buildings and structures in the world Milad Tower is the world's fifth tallest tower & 14th tallest freestanding structure; More info: List of tallest structures in Iran & List of tallest freestanding structures in the world 2010
Largest oil gushers in history 1 World Oil gusher Qum wildcat oil gusher blew on August 26, 1956, and had an uncontrollable gusher of 125,000 barrels per day (19,900 m3/d) for three months before it was contained 2010
World's oldest trees 3 World Earth Watchers Center Sarv-e-Abarkooh with over 4,000 years of age is the world's third oldest tree 2010
World's largest sports stadiums 11 World List of stadiums by capacity Azadi Stadium with a seating capacity of 100,000 people is the world's 11th largest sports stadium as well as being the world's fourth largest football stadium and world's 44th largest sporting venue 2010

Globalization[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Global Competitiveness Report 62 142 World Economic Forum Report measures global economic competitiveness[70] 2011
Globalization Index 162 181 KOF Globalization Index Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2010
Globalization Index 62 62 A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2006

Health[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Suicide Rate 99 106 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; More info: As per WHO in 2002 there were 8.2 deaths per 100,000 people in Iran due to intentional self-inflicted injuries[71] 2008
Tobacco Consumption per capita 67 121 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;[72] More info: Tobacco Use Prevalence in Iran & Health effects of tobacco 2007
Alcohol consumption per capita 163 World WHO Per capita alcohol consumption of 1.02 liters per year; More info: Alcohol and cancer & Alcoholic liver disease 2005
% of population with access to essential drugs 54 163 World Health Organization Categorized in medium access level of 80%; Number of factories producing medicine: 122[11] 2000
Female % of HIV positive population 15+ years 107 112 World Bank 16.67% of over-15 years old HIV+ population is female 2005
Incidence of tuberculosis per 100,000 people 144 200 World Bank 23.48 per 100,000 People; 100% of all patients are under proper medical treatment as per WHO guidelines[73] 2005
Physicians per 1000 people 138 202 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[74] 2004
Prevalence of opiate addiction 1 132 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;[75] More info: Rankings of most harmful drugs 1999
Annual cannabis use by country 31 67 United Nations Annual prevalence rate of 4.2% of population 1999
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate 153 171 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;[76][77] 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;[78] Iran in 2003 had over 700,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections[79] 2001
Deaths due to HIV/AIDS 47 153 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[76] WHO report puts the coverage of antiretroviral therapy at 6%[76] 2007
Prevalence of HIV among population aged 15-49 years 104 148 World Bank Listed from highest rate to lowest; Iran: 0.15% of 15- to 49-year-olds are HIV+; Recent WHO report puts the % of HIV+ 15- to 49-year-olds at 0.3% in 2007[76] 2005
Access to Sanitation 22 129 CIA World Factbook 99% of population have access to proper sanitation 2003
% of Population undernourished 76 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 & United Nations map of the world showing % of national population suffering from undernourishment 2009
Prevalence of contraceptive use among women 25 176 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";[80] More info: Contraceptive security 2000
Hospital beds/1000 people 133 191 World Bank Hospital beds/1000 population: 1.6/1000; 758 hospitals, 225,000 hospital beds, 438 emergency centers[11] 2001
Underweight children rate 63 95 United Nations Ranking is from highest rate to lowest; Iran: ~2% of children are underweight 2005
Dietary caloric intake 40 World FAO Iranians on average consume 3040 kcal/person/day; More info: Nutrition 2007
Malaria cases per 100,000 of population 72 94 United Nations/Complete report for Iran Ranking is from highest rate to lowest; Malaria cases in Iran: 27/100,000 of population 2001
World ranking of overall national health systems 93 190 WHO Ranked from best overall health care systems to worst; More info: Health literacy 2000
World ranking of national health system performance & attainment 58 191 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
Total health expenditure per capita 69 World WHO US $678 spent on health per person; Total health expenditure is 6.8% of GDP (PPP) 2006
% of under-5 year old children with ARI taken to health provider 3 80 United Nations 93% of children with Acute Respiratory Infection taken to health provider 2002
% of total births attended by skilled health staff 35 158 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 75 188 World Bank 6.6% of GDP is spent on health 2004
% of babies exclusively breastfed for 6 months 30 125 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 15 112 United Nations 94% of households consume iodized salt 1997–2002
Out of pocket health expenditure as % of private expenditure on health 64 187 World Bank 94.8% of private health expenditure is out of pocket; More info: Health care system and Publicly funded health care 2004
Prepaid plans as % of private health expenditure 75 187 WHO Prepaid plans constitute 2.9% of private health funding; More info: Universal health care 2002
Government expenditure on health per capita 84 185 WHO Government spends $206 per person/Year 2002
Total expenditure on health per capita 69 185 WHO Total health expenditure by government & private sectors: $432 Per capita/Year 2002
Total population suffering from undernourishment 92 103 Countries by undernourishment rate Listed from highest rate to lowest; Iran: 4% of population is undernourished[81] 2006
Probability of not reaching 40 years of age 73 111 United Nations Listed from highest probability to lowest; Iran: 9.3% 2001
Probability of reaching 65 years of age (males) 62 159 United Nations Listed from highest probability to lowest; Iran: 68.9% 2000
Probability of reaching 65 years of age (females) 91 159 United Nations Listed from highest probability to lowest; Iran: 74.3% 2000
Total number of kidney transplants/Year 20 47 Worldwide Transplant Center Directory 228 kidneys transplanted in 2002; Iran ranked 4th worldwide in 2007 with more than 2000 transplants performed annually[82][83] 2002
Kidney transplants per capita 35 47 Worldwide Transplant Center Directory 3.35205 kidney transplants per 1 million people/Year 2002
Countries by total disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate 110 194 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 118 194 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 100 194 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 102 194 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 89 194 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 122 194 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 88 194 WHO DALY rate of 0.14 year/1000 people for hepatitis B; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; Higher DALYs in risk groups e.g. truck drivers[84] 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Hepatitis C 89 194 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 105 194 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 76 194 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 77 194 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 93 194 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 148 194 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 121 194 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 46 194 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 49 194 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 80 194 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 134 194 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 169 194 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 123 194 WHO DALY rate of 1.86 years/1000 people for Genito-urinary diseases; Ranked from highest DALY rate to lowest; More info: Prevalence of circumcision 2004
Countries by disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rate for Skin diseases 145 194 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 130 194 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 82 194 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 37 194 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 29 194 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 138 194 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[85] 2004
Total healthy life expectancy at birth 119 192 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 117 192 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 132 192 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 118 192 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 121 192 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) 2 192 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) 1 192 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
Urban sulfur dioxide pollution 1 141 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 21 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[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Oldest countries on earth 1 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 55 World United Nations 2.5 million foreign tourists visited Iran in 2007; Ranked by Iranian government at 68th worldwide; 641 hotels with 63,000 beds; Tourism generates 1.8% of employment[86] More info: Tourism in Iran & Official Iran Tourism Website & Tourism Competitiveness 2007
World heritage sites 12 239 United Nations 12 World Heritage Sites; More info: List of the world heritage sites 2010
Longest defensive wall 2 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 1 World Qanat The world's oldest water reservoir is in Gonabad, is more than 2700 years old & is still in use; It is also the world's largest qanat; More info: Iranian architecture 2010
International Tourist Arrivals per Year 59 152 United Nations 740,000 International tourists visit Iran/Year; More info: Visa requirements for Iranian citizens 2000
International tourism expenditure 28 158 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[87] 2004
Sovereign jewels collection 1 World Iranian Crown Jewels World's largest collection of jewels 2010
Number of former national capitals 1 World List of former national capitals Highest number of national capital relocations; Iran has had 31 former capitals before Tehran[88] 2010
Largest producers of handmade carpets 1 World Carpet Iran produces 3/4 of the world's handmade carpets; Iran has 30% share of the world's carpet export market;[89][90][91][92] Iran has also produced the world's largest handmade carpet, measuring 60,546 square feet.[93][94][95] More info: Carpet Museum of Iran 2010
Total cinema attendance 19 78 United Nations 26,000,000 attendances 2003
Number of cinema seats 15 60 United Nations 173,000 Cinema seats in total 1995

Industry and mining[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
World's Largest Petroleum Companies 2 World Energy Intelligence The Iranian government-owned corporation of NIOC after Aramco is the world's second-largest petroleum company. 2008
World's largest mining companies 23 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
World's Largest State Owned Corporations 7 World Financial Times National Iranian Oil Company with a market capitalization of US $220 billion in 2006 ranked 7th worldwide. 2006
Industrial production growth rate 28 161 CIA World Factbook Industrial growth rate of 4.0% annually; Alternatively put at 7.4% by Iranian government[11] 2009
List of countries by motor vehicle production 12 52 International Organization of Automobile Manufacturers 1,395,421 automobiles manufactured in 2009; During period 2000-2010 Iran after China had the highest growth in automobile manufacturing; Over 1.6 million vehicles & 1 million motorcycles were produced in 2010;[96] More info: Automotive industry in Iran 2009
High Technology Exports per capita 114 167 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 45 World Chemical & Engineering News Iran is the world's 45th largest chemical producer with an annual production sale value of 7.8 billion dollars;[97][98][99][100] NIOC of Iran with ~1.67 million barrels per day (266,000 m3/d) ranks 11th globally in terms of total oil refining capacity;[101] NIPC of Iran plans to become world's second largest producer of chemicals by 2015,[102] Iran also plans to become world's second largest exporter of Polymers[103] 2008
Non-energy use of bitumen asphalt 6 130 United Nations Annual use of 3,496,000 tonnes of asphalt 2005
Trademarks Per capita 33 142 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. More info: Intellectual property in Iran 2001
Non-energy use of lubricants 9 147 United Nations 770,000 tonnes of lubricants used annually 2005
Usage of naphtha by industry 13 45 United Nations Annual use of 2,492,000 tonnes of naphtha 2005
Industrial electricity consumption per capita 73 171 United Nations ~692 kWh per capita/Year 2005
Industrial use of residual oil 5 142 United Nations 6,869,000 tonnes used/Year of residual oil 2005
Quantity of value added manufacturing 29 155 World Bank 21.22 billion constant year 2000 US$/Year of value added manufacturing 2005
Bagasse consumption by industry 27 80 United Nations 1,206,000 tonnes of Bagasse consumed by industry annually 2005
Diesel consumption by industry 15 128 United Nations 1,798,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Total lubricant production 10 86 United Nations Annual lubricants production of 955,000 tonnes 2005
Natural gas consumption by chemical industry 9 66 United Nations Annual usage of 138,966 Tera-joules 2005
Blast furnace gas consumption by industry 19 47 United Nations 10,102 Tera-joules of blast furnace gas consumed/Year 2005
Coal consumption by industry 42 89 United Nations 330,000 tonnes/Year 2005
Steel production by country 16 World World Steel Association/US Geological Survey More than 10.9 million tonnes/Year in 2009; Iran's production capacity reached 20 million tonnes/year in 2010;[104][105] Iran plans to increase its steel production to more than 35 million tonnes/year by 2015[106][107] 2009
Copper mine production 12 World British Geological Survey Annual production of 249,100 tonnes 2006
Aluminium production 17 World List of countries by aluminium production Annual production of 457,000 tonnes 2006
Cement production 5[108] World List of countries by cement production / Pie Chart of World's Production 2009: Annual production of 45 million tonnes, or ~1.6% of the world's total output & total production capacity of 55 million tonnes annually;[109] Iran ranks 10th globally in terms of cement export[110] See also: Construction in Iran 2010
Iron production 8 World US Geological Survey Annual production of 33 million tonnes 2009
Gypsum production 2 World British Geological Survey Iran is the world's 2nd largest producer after China 2006
Iron ore production 8 World US Geological Survey Annual production of 33 million tonnes[111] 2009
Production of natural iron oxide 9 World US Geological Survey Annual production of 2,600 tonnes 2006
Production of ammonia 21 World US Geological Survey Annual ammonia production of 1.02 million tonnes 2006
Reserves of Zinc 1 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[112][113][114] 2010
Industrial imports by country 28 World World Trade Organization Iran ranks 28th globally in terms of importation of industrial machinery 2004

Military and defense[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Composite Index of National Capability (CINC) 15 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=0.013450, Index of World's total capability=1. 2007
Military expenditures 24 154 SIPRI In 2010 the Iranian government put the total security and defence budget including that of army, IRGC, police, military R&D, intelligence agencies, etc. at $17.14 billion.[115][116] 2009
List of countries by military expenditure per capita 62 World CIA World Factbook Iranian military per capita expenditure of US $64.77 2008
Military expenditure as % of GDP 37 154 SIPRI Iran spends 2.7% of its GDP on its military defense; More info: Comparison of world's expenditure on military, health and education 2008
Total number of troops 7 World CSIS Total troops numbering 3,833,000; More info: Rank insignia of the Iranian military 2009
Male manpower fit for military service 15 234 CIA World Factbook 17.67 million males fit for military service 2009
Male manpower reaching military service age annually 15 234 CIA World Factbook 700,213 males reach military service age annually 2009
List of countries by size of police forces 30 60 CSIS Police force size of 40,000 personnel 2006
Private gun & firearms ownership 79 178 Small Arms Survey 7.3 guns owned privately per 100 civilian residents; There were 3.5 million small arms owned by Iranian residents 2007
Arms exports/Year 37 40 SIPRI Iran's arms exports in 2005: US $1 million; 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;[117][118] More info: Sanctions against Iran & Iran and Libya Sanctions Act & CASMII; Iran's weapons exports were US $2 million in 2008[119] 2005
Arms imports/Year 17 169 World Bank Iran's arms imports in 2005: US $403 million; More info: Iran's weapons's imports in 2008 were US $91 million,[119] Iran is banned from importing weapons by United Nations Security Council sanctions of 2010;[120] Iranian arms imports comparison by CSIS 2005
Arms imports per capita/Year 60 169 World Bank Approximately 6 dollars per Person per Year 2005
Deadliest wars and armed conflicts 18 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
List of countries by number of UN peacekeepers 107 World United Nations Iran had two military personnel working as UN peacekeepers at conflict zones around the world 2010
Most heavily mined countries 2 World WHO 16 million mines[121] 2003

Politics[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Global Peace Index 104 149 Economist Intelligence Unit More info: GPI map for 2010 2010
Corruption Perceptions Index 146 178 Transparency International See also: Crime in Iran 2010
Irregular payments & bribes 69 World World Economic Forum Extent of bribery in business environment 2010
Worldwide press freedom index 166 169 Reporters Without Borders More info: Countries ranked by journalists killed 2007
Democracy Index 145 167 Economist Intelligence Unit 2008
% Female ministers as of total ministers 23 125 Inter-Parliamentary Union Females: 27.1% of government at ministerial level 2000
List of countries by Failed States Index 38 177 Fund For Peace More info: Foreign relations of Iran 2009
Presidential election voting age population 10 91 Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 32,585,700 eligible voters for presidential elections; More info: Politics of Iran 2003
Freedom of the Press (report) 184 196 Freedom House More info: Media of Iran 2009
Limited government index 73 World Freedom Meta-Index Index measuring the relative size of the government in people's lives 2011
Public trust of politicians 39 World World Economic Forum Degree of public trust in ethical standards of their politicians. 2010

Religion[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Muslim population 7 67 Demographics of Islam 7th largest Muslim population in the world; More info: List of countries by Muslim population 2005
Muslims as % of population 6 168 International Religious Freedom Report 98% of population is Muslim; More info: Religions by country 2004
Shia's as % of total Muslim population 1 67 Demographics of Islam 89% of Muslim population of the country is Shia 2005
Number of Shia Muslims by Country 1 67 Demographics of Islam 61,924,500 Shia Muslims; Second is India with an estimated population of 40 to 55 million as per 2001 Census followed by Pakistan with an estimated Shia population of 30 to 45 million. More info: Demographics of Shia Islam 2005
Sunni's as % of total Muslim population 67 67 Demographics of Islam 9% of Muslim population of the country is Sunni 2005
Bahá'í population by country 2 247 Bahá'í Faith by country Population of 150,000-500,000 2004
Protestants population 98 167 Protestantism by country Population of 204,054 2004
Population of Roman Catholics 149 170 Roman Catholicism by country Population of 13,603 2004
Zoroastrian population by country 2 World Zoroastrianism Population of 24,000-30,000 2005
Jewish population of countries 24 89 World Jewish Congress ~25,000-40,000 Jews live in Iran according to various estimates[122][123][124] 1998

Science and technology[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Global Innovation Index 120 143 World Intellectual Property Organization[125] Index measures enabling environment for innovation; More info: Ingenuity & Creativity 2014
Total Research & Development spending in PPP US dollars 27 World United Nations Iran spends 6.2 billion US dollars in PPP terms equaling to ~0.7% of its GDP (PPP), Iran has 500 scientists & tech personnel working in R&D sector for every one million of population;[126] More info: Iran National Science Foundation & Science of science policy & Science policy & Technology Life Cycle & Iranian cities among world's science cities 2010
Research and development spending 43 69 World Bank About 0.5% of GDP was spent on research and development in year 2000; Iran's spending on R&D is to reach 3% of GDP by 2015;[127] Government funds 75% of all Research in Iran[128] 2000
Research and development spending per capita 58 69 World Bank 0.007351% of national GDP per 1 million people; More info: Emerging technologies 2000
Technology Achievement Index 45 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; Iran ranks 1st in the region, 4th in Asia and 12th in the world in producing biological drugs.[129] More info: Human capital 2001
Patents granted per capita 56 60 World Intellectual Property Organization 0.014702 Patents per one million people; More info: Intellectual property in Iran & Technological determinism 1998
Patents 90 World World Intellectual Property Organization More info: Patent & Business incubator 2013
Industrial Design 100 World World Intellectual Property Organization More info: Invention & Seed accelerator 2013
Trademarks 82 World World Intellectual Property Organization More info: Science park & Trademark 2013
Highest budget national space agencies 9 World List of space agencies ISA with $500 million/Year has the 9th highest budget of a national space organization in the world 2010
First orbital launches by country 9 World Timeline of first orbital launches by country Iran is the 9th country to reach space; More info: Outer Space Treaty 2010
Total human spaceflight time by country 21 World List of spaceflight records Iran stands 21st in terms of total time spent by its nationals in space; Only one Iranian (Anousheh Ansari) has spent ~11 person-days in space as a space tourist; More info: Timeline of space travel by nationality 2007

Society[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Quality-of-life index 150 194 Economist Intelligence Unit Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimations 2010
Legatum Prosperity Index 92 110 Legatum Institute Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimations 2010
Satisfaction with Life Index 96 178 Measure of subjective life satisfaction Measurement of wealth, health and access to basic education; Score of Iran=200; More info: Sociocultural evolution & Happiness economics 2006
Incarceration Rate 57 217 International Centre for Prison Studies 222 Prisoners per 100,000 People 2009
% female prisoners as of total prison population 81 134 International Centre for Prison Studies Females comprise 3.5% of prison population 2003
% pre-trial detainees as of total prison population 89 143 International Centre for Prison Studies Pre-trial detainees comprise 24.8% of total prison population 2003
Homicide Rate 66 144 United Nations Homicide rate of 2.93 intentional murders per 100,000 people 2009
Global Gender Gap Report 123 134 World Economic Forum Survey was done indirectly &/or by estimation 2010
Mother's Index Rank 49 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers report 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 45 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers report 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 45 158 Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers report 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 68 143 Save the Children: Child Development Index 2008 Index measures education, health & nutrition of children 2000–2006
Sen Social Welfare Function 49 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 76 155 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 103 109 United Nations / Complete Report Index measures inequalities between men's and women's opportunities in a country 2009
Sustainable Society Index 97 World SSI rankings for 2010 Sustainable Society Index measures three dimensions of human, environmental and economical well being; More info: SSI 2010 complete report 2010
World's best countries 79 World Newsweek Ranking of the world's best countries based on categories of education, health, quality of life, economic dynamism and political environment 2010
Drug Freedom Index 64 World Freedom Meta-Index Index measuring access to recreational drugs; In Iran: Illegal drug trade can have punishments ranging from fines to lashings, imprisonment & death penalty; Personal drug consumption is generally overlooked by law[130] 2011
Judicial independence 65 World World Economic Forum The extent of judicial independence 2010

Transport[edit]

Rankings
Name Rank Out of Source Notes Year
Merchant marine capacity 31 148 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; More info: Iran Shipping Lines; Iran also has a fleet of 46 marine tankers consisting of 28 VLCC, 9 Suezmax, 5 Aframax, 3 chemical vessels and a single LPG tanker; The total number of tankers is to be increased to 74 by 2013 and to more than 80 by 2015.;[131] National Iranian Tanker Company was the world's fifth largest tanker operator with 43 ships in 2010 & is expected to become the world's third largest tanker company with 74 ships in 2013[132] 2008
Rail transport network size 21 151 International Union of Railways Total rail network length of 11,106 km; More info: Iran railways 2008
Road network size 29 191 CIA World Factbook Total road network length of 172,927 km 2006
Total length of pipelines 8 120 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; Iran ranks 4th worldwide by natural gas pipeline length[133] having 32,000 km of gas pipelines in 2010[134] Iran plans to have 70,000 km of natural gas pipelines by 2025[135] 2007
Length of Liquid Petroleum Gas Pipelines 6 17 CIA World Factbook 570 km of LPG pipelines 2006
Length of Oil Pipelines 6 97 CIA World Factbook 8,256 km of oil pipelines 2006
Rapid transit systems 20 53 Total rapid transit systems statistics by country 120.1 km of rapid transit network length with 64 stations 2002
Vehicles per capita 56 144 List of countries by vehicles per capita 175 automobiles per 1000 people in addition to 110 motorbikes per 1000 people; More info: Automotive industry in Iran & List of international vehicle registration codes 2010
Waterways length 70 109 CIA World Factbook 850 km of waterways 2008
Air transport, freight 59 176 World Bank 98.22 million tonnes-km/Year airlifted 2005
Air transport, passengers carried 26 177 World Bank 12,708,350 Air passengers/Year; More info: Countries with the most fatal civil airliner accidents 2005
Number of airports 26 251 CIA World Factbook 331 Operational airports 2007
Number of heliports 14 World CIA World Factbook 19 Operational heliports 2010
Rail usage by Annual Passenger-Km Per Capita 26 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 20 32 International Union of Railways Ranked among countries with more than 10 billion tonne-kilometers; Iran: 20.5 billion tonne-kilometers 2006
Metro systems by annual passenger rides 18 145 Tehran Metro 622.2 million passenger rides in 2010;[136] Tehran Metro is the largest and busiest metro system in South Asia and the second largest and busiest in middle east 2010
Total number of Airports with paved runways 20 227 CIA World Factbook 129 Operational airports with paved runways 2007
Number of airports with paved runways, length: over 3047 meters 4 161 CIA World Factbook 40 Airport runways with length of over 3047 m 2007
Gasoline (Petrol) consumption by transport sector 10 194 United Nations Annual gasoline (petrol) consumption of 17,854,000 tonnes by vehicles 2005
Jet fuel bunker capacity 21 158 United Nations National jet fuel bunker capacity of 850,000 tonnes 2005
Traffic related deaths per capita 11 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 annual deaths of 22,918 and 685,000 injured according to WHO report 2009;[137][138] Leading cause of premature death & disability in Iran; 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; Property damages worth more than $18 billion per year due to vehicle collisions;[139][140][141] More info: Car accidents in Iran, Graph comparisons of Iran & Rapid motorization & traffic injuries in Iran & Statistical comparison of travel safety 2000
Number of Natural Gas Vehicles by Country 1 World Worldwide NGV Statistics Iran has the world's largest fleet of vehicles running on CNG at 2.86 million NGVs and 1,800 fueling stations by the end of 2011;[142] Iran is also the world's fastest growing NGV market[143][144][145] By end of 2011, Iran's refueling stations had a total of 10,656 gas dispensers with installed cumulative capacity of 1.93 million cubic meters per hour & supplying more than 17 million cubic meters of gas per day to NGV's; The number of fueling stations is to increase to 2,500 by the end of 2012 and to more than 3,000 in 2013[146] 2011

Notes[edit]

§.^ The surveys producing these world rankings have been done in different times and might not be current. Please refer to the specific articles or sources for updated information, where available. 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 the 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. Finally, it is always important to consider trend when making comparisons, since single point data may be exceptional in nature (e.g. Iran's 2008 drought and wheat production).

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