The satellite view and the map show Iran
, a country in the Middle East bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf
in the southwest, and the Caspian Sea
in the north.
Countries with international borders to Iran are Afghanistan
, and Turkmenistan
. It shares maritime borders with Bahrain
, Saudi Arabia
, and the United Arab Emirates
Iran occupies an area
of 1,648,195 km², making it is almost three times the size of France
or somewhat smaller than the US state of Alaska
. The country occupies large parts of the rugged Iranian Plateau (or Persian Plateau), a portion of the Eurasian Plate wedged between the Arabian and Indian plates in Western and Central Asia.
The country's highest mountain is Mount Damavand
at 5,610 m (18,410 ft), located in the Alborz mountain range south of the Caspian Sea.
The capital and largest city is Tehran
. Other major cities are Mashhad, Isfahan, Karaj (a suburb of Tehran), Tabriz, Shiraz, Ahvaz, and Qom. Spoken language
is Persian (Farsi, official). The official religion is Shia Islam.
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