Alborz Province

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For the mountain range in northern Iran, see Alborz.
Alborz Province
استان البرز
Map of Iran with Alborz highlighted
Location of Alborz within Iran
Alborz Province.jpg
Coordinates: 35°29′N 50°35′E / 35.48°N 50.58°E / 35.48; 50.58Coordinates: 35°29′N 50°35′E / 35.48°N 50.58°E / 35.48; 50.58
Country  Iran
Region Region 1
Capital Karaj
Counties 7
 • Total 5,833 km2 (2,252 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,412,513
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone IRST (UTC+03:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+04:30)
Area code(s) 026
Main language(s) Persian

Alborz Province (Persian: استان البرز‎‎, Ostan-e Alborz ) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran, centered in Karaj.[2]

Alborz Province was formed by division of Tehran Province into two provinces, after the Parliamentary approval on June 23, 2010, and was introduced as 31st province of Iran.[2] In 2014 it was placed in Region 1.[3]

Situated northwest of Tehran, the Province of Alborz has 4 counties, Karaj, Savojbolagh, Taleghan and Nazarabad.[4] Karaj is the seat of the province. Alborz Province [2] is situated 35 km west of Tehran, at the foothills of the Alborz mountains, and is Iran's smallest province in area.

According to the National Census, in 2011 population of Alborz was 2,412,513 out of which 90,5% lived in urban areas.[1]

On 23 July 2016, at least 16 people were killed and 13 injured after a major bus crash where the vehicle overturned after crashing into a concrete electricity pylon.[5]