Iran is located in the Middle East and borders Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey. Iran is located between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf; consequently, fishing is an important industry there. The Caspian Sea is an excellent supply of sturgeon, salmon and other species of fish.
Population: 82.8 million
Ethnic Groups: Persian (61%), Azeri (16%), Kurd (10%), Lur (6%), Baloch (2%), Arab (2%), Turkmen and Turkic tribes (2%), Other (1%)
Languages: Persian (Official) (53%), Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects (18%), Kurdish (10%), Gilaki and Mazandarani (7%), Luri (6%), Balochi (2%), Arabic (2%), Other (2%)
Religions: Muslim (Official) (99.4%), Other (0.3%), Unspecified (0.4%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 13, 2017
In Canada: 121,510
In the GTA: 56,925
In the City of Toronto: 6,175
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Willowdale, Don Valley West, and Don Valley East.
An Iranian’s personal space is generally closer than that of a Canadian. Men are openly affectionate with each other, often holding hands in public and frequently greeting each other with a hug and two or three kisses to the cheeks. Women are also very affectionate with each other in public. What is considered proper etiquette becomes less clear when both men and women are involved. It is important to remember not to be too direct, and the general rule of thumb is to always be respectful.