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Oshnavieh is located in Iran
Coordinates: 37°02′23″N 45°05′54″E / 37.03972°N 45.09833°E / 37.03972; 45.09833Coordinates: 37°02′23″N 45°05′54″E / 37.03972°N 45.09833°E / 37.03972; 45.09833
Country Iran
ProvinceWest Azerbaijan
 (2016 Census)
 • Total39,801
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)

Oshnavieh (Persian: اشنويه‎; Kurdish:'اشنۆ'شنۆ'شنه‌; also Romanized as Oshnavīyeh, Oshnooyeh, Ashnooyeh, Oshnovīeh, Oshnovīyeh, and Ushnūīyeh; also known as Ushnū)[1] is a city in West Azerbaijan Province, Iran & the capital of Oshnavieh County. At the 2016 census, its population was 40.000 in 2000 families.[2]

Oshnewia is bordered by Nagada to the east, by Piranshahr to the south, by Oromie to the north and by Iraqi Kurdistan to the west.

The spoken language in the city is Kurdish, but the language which is used in schools and offices is Persian, as the official language of Iran in which almost everyone in the city is fluent.

Iran-Iraq war[edit]

At the time of Iran-Iraq war, Ba'athist Iraq regime bombed some localities of Oshnavieh in the province of West Azerbaijan --on 2 August 1988-- by applying chemical bombs against them;[3] and as a consequence of those attacks, approximate 2700 persons were injured.[4]


  1. ^ Oshnavieh can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3077462" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.
  3. ^ "Anniversary of Oshnavieh bombard". tabnak.ir. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Oshnavieh bombard". farsnews.com. Retrieved 11 June 2019.