1. Around 60 % of Iranians are under 30!
2. Iran is one of the biggest exporters of caviare, the world’s most expensive foodstuff.
3. Other important export goods include saffron, pomegranates and dates.
4. The first genuine postal system was invented in 550 BC in ancient Persia under the rule of Cyrus the Great.
5. The traditional art of carpet weaving has been passed on from generation to generation since time immemorial in certain regions of the country – for example, in the charming city of Kashan in the province of Isfahan – and was recently placed by UNESCO on its prestigious list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
6. The weekend is on Thursday and Friday in Iran. Many shops stay closed during this time.
7. The time change is +2.5 hours (in our winter time) or +1.5 hours (in our summer time).
9. There are only very few dogs in Iran.
10. If one travels in by aeroplane, one can receive a visa-on-arrival at the larger airports. If, however, one travels into Iran by land, one must apply for the visa in advance.
11. There are two currencies in Iran. The Iranian rial is the main currency and is used as the means of payment. Prices, however, are only ever spoken of in tomans, because this currency has fewer zeroes. 1 toman is equivalent to 10 rials
12. Iranians speak Farsi, which can also be called the Persian language. Farsi is written from right to left.
13. Tea (chai) is available to drink everywhere.
14. A common food is the kebab. Unlike in Europe, this is not normally served in bread, but on a skewer together with rice. Iranians like to picnic.
15. The infrastructure in Iran is very good. There are well developed roads, a dense and reliable bus network and also some train routes. The transport costs are pleasantly cheap!
16. In almost every city one can find a central bazaar. Depending on their size, these can have entire aisles of only fabrics, carpets, handicrafts, and many other things. As is usual in the Middle East, prices can be negotiated.
17. Overall, Iran is currently the world’s fourth-biggest receiving country for refugees.
18. Right from the beginning, like the Shah previously, the Islamic Republic has regarded education as a way to strengthen national sovereignty, and accordingly a great deal of importance is attached to the state education system.