|• Type||Mayor, City Council|
|• Mayor||Mehdi Harajpoor "(Interim)"|
|• Representative in Majles||Ghasem Ahmadi Lashaki|
|• Total||1,717.5 km2 (663.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||72/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IRST (UTC+3:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||IRDT (UTC+4:30)|
Nowshahr (Persian: نوشهر; also Romanized as Now Shahr, Noushahr, Noshahr, and Nau Shahr; also known as Bandar-e Noshahr) is a city in and the capital of Noshahr County, Mazandaran Province, Iran.
It is a port city located on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea.
Climate and Tourism
With its humid, subtropical climate, good sea bathing in the waters of the Caspian, and the great natural beauty of its lush, green mountains, Nowshahr has long been a favourite destination for domestic tourism in Iran, attracting visitors by the hundreds of thousands every year to its luxurious hotels and private villas, by virtue of its excellent transport links with the other cities of Northern Iran. During the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Nowshahr was known unofficially as the 'second capital' or 'summer capital' of Iran because it was the city in which the Shah and most high-level government officials chose to live and work during the summer months.
Culture and Industry
Noshahr Airport, previously an army airbase and currently a civilian-only airport is located on the western part of the city. The city is also home to Imam Khomeini University for Naval Sciences, some branches and campuses of Azad University of Noshahr and Chaloos, and Royan Institute of Higher Education. The Dual-use port of Noshahr was built by a Dutch contracting firm in late 1920s and is currently one of the most important ports of Iran in the Caspian Sea. The city of Chaloos and its associated towns and villages were part of the Noshahr township prior to 1996 after which they formed the new township of Chaloos by legislation from the national parliament. The city has been slow to industrialize due to environmental considerations and having an already vibrant economy based on Tourism, Ship transport and Agriculture, nevertheless there are local Food processing, Timber Treatment and Steel industries. Recently, a trailer assembly plant has opened in cooperation with the MAZ of Belarus.
Sports and Leisure
Noshahr was home the Shamoushak who competed in the Persian Gulf Pro League from 2003 to 2006. The team became known for its passionate fan base. Shamoushak folded its football team in 2013 after financial difficulties.
- Pooran Farrokhzad (b. 1933) - poet
- Mohammad Rouyanian (b. 1960) - member of IRGC
- Mohsen Ashouri (b. 1965) - football player
- Reza Sheykholeslam (b. 1967) - politician
- Kianoush Rahmati (b. 1978) - football player
- Rahman Ahmadi (b. 1980) - football player
- Hassan Rangraz (b. 1980) - wrestler
- Bahman Tahmasebi (b. 1980) - football player
- Esmaeil Bale (b. 1985) - football player
- Meysam Hosseini (b. 1987) - football player
- Ardavan Farhadi (b. 1990) - Scientist
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