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Rafsanjan is located in Iran
Coordinates: 30°24′24″N 55°59′38″E / 30.40667°N 55.99389°E / 30.40667; 55.99389Coordinates: 30°24′24″N 55°59′38″E / 30.40667°N 55.99389°E / 30.40667; 55.99389
Country Iran
 (2016 Census)
 • Urban
161,909 [1]
Time zoneUTC+03:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+04:30 (IRDT)
haj agha ali house in rafsanjan

Rafsanjan (Persian: رفسنجان‎, also Romanized as Rafsanjān and Rafsinjān; also known as Bahrāmābād)[2] is a city and capital of Rafsanjan County, Kerman Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 136,388, in 33,489 families.[3]

It is Iran's center of pistachio cultivation. It had an estimated population of 134,848 in 2005.[1]

Rafsanjan is also a major center of carpet production even though the rugs are sold as Kermani rugs rather than Rafsanjani ones. Another large employer is the nearby Sarcheshmeh copper mines.

Notable Rafsanjanis[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Sustainable development[edit]

According to the UN-HABITAT Program, Agenda 21 that is the global agenda for sustainable development, is formulated for cities as well as countries. "The Local Agenda for Sustainable Development" is seeking a strategy aimed at managing the living space and urban development. It prepares the ground for the development of "indigenous habitat knowledge" and maintains that the potentials of any given environment are different from those of others and the knowledge that is acquired in an environment is not capable of addressing the issues of other environments. Any habitat calls for real, healthy, manageable and last but not least its particular development system. In such a system, most of the potentials of the region should turn into opportunities for its development. This program is one of the most precise methods, is harmonious with the development context, finds the required resources and evaluates and uses them for the development purposes. Local Agenda 21 for Rafsanjan is aimed at the development of the city of Rafsanjan. The devel¬opment priorities, infrastructure and necessary projects are determined by the citizens and city managers.

Rafsanjan sustainable development


  1. ^ https://www.amar.org.ir/english
  2. ^ Rafsanjan can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3080584" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  3. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.