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Flag of Iran
Land Area 1,531,595 km2
Water Area 116,600 km2
Total Area 1,648,195km2 (#17)
Population 82,801,633 (#16)
Population Density 54.06/km2
Government Type Theocratic Republic
GDP (PPP) $1,460.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $18,100
Currency Rial (IRR)
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A

  • Ahmad Aali photographer, artist
  • Reza Abbasi painter
  • Akbar Abdi actor, comedian
  • Ali Akbar Abdolrashidi journalist, translator
  • Reza Abedini graphic designer
  • Mohammad-Ali Abtahi theologian, scholar, former vice president
  • Lily Afshar classical guitarist
  • Mahnaz Afshar actress
  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam activist, singer
  • Alireza Afzalipour engineer, philanthropist
  • Emmanuel Agassi boxer
  • Hashem Aghajari historian
  • Aydin Aghdashloo painter, author, art critic, art historian
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo actress
  • Pegah Ahangarani actress
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad president
  • Jamal-al-Din al-Afghani political activist, ideologist
  • Reza Alamouti political activist
  • Taraneh Alidoosti actress
  • Akbar Alizad theater director
  • Hossein Alizadeh composer
  • Javad Alizadeh cartoonist
  • Jahangir Almasi actor
  • Hossein Amanat architect
  • Goli Ameri diplomat, politician
  • Ebrahim Amini politician
  • Farhad Sadeghi Amini painter
  • Ahamd Amir-Ahmadi military leader, politician
  • Hossein Khajeh Amiri musician
  • Gholam Hossein Amirkhani calligrapher
  • Anousheh Ansari engineer
  • Majead Ansari politician
  • Hushang Ansary diplomat, philanthropist
  • Kiarash Anvari film maker, scriptwriter
  • Leila Arab singer, record producer
  • Kamrooz Aram artist
  • Arash singer, dancer, entertainer, producer
  • Safi-ad-din Ardabili spiritual founder of Safavid dynasty
  • Mohammad-Reza Aref politician, academic
  • Dariush Arjmand actor
  • Siah Armajani sculptor
  • Bahram Aryana military commander
  • Ebrahim Asgharzadeh political activist, politician
  • Faramarz Aslani guitarist, songwriter, singer
  • Alireza Assar singer, pianist
  • Hamid-Reza Assefi politician
  • Mirza Mehdi Khan Astarabadi historian, biographer, advisor
  • Touraj Atabaki academic
  • Manouchehr Atashi poet, writer, journalist
  • Farzan Athari actor, television host
  • Morteza Avini photographer
  • Khodadad Azizi footballer, coach

B

  • Emadeddin Baghi human rights activist, journalist
  • Mehrdad Bahar historian, linguist
  • Mohammad-Taqi Bahar poet, politician, journalist
  • Mohammad-Javad Bahonar former prime minister, theologian, scholar
  • Mohammad-Reza Bahonar politician
  • Shapour Bakhtiar political scientist, former prime minister
  • Teymour Bakhtiar head of SAVAK
  • Gholam-Hossein Banan singer, musician
  • Rakhshan Bani-E'temad film director, screenwriter
  • Abulhasan Banisadr president
  • Mansour Barzegar Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Camila Batmanghelidjh author, philanthropist
  • Bahram Bayzai film director, screenwriter, playwright
  • Mehdi Bazargan prime minister, scholar
  • Mohammad Beheshti chief justice
  • Massoud Behnoud journalist, historian, writer
  • Nima Behnoud fashion designer
  • Sima Bina singer, songwriter, composer, musician
  • Maziyar Bizhani cartoonist
  • Shiva Boloorian actress, stage director
  • Karim Buzarjomehri military general
C
  • Paul Caldani musician, radio personality
  • Mehdi Chamran politician
  • Mostafa Chamran scientist, politician
  • Cassandra Clare author
  • Joseph Cochran missionary
D
  • Hamid Dabashi philosopher, author
  • Alireza Dabir Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani author, scholar
  • Kamran Daneshjoo educator, politician
  • Bijan Daneshmand writer, director, actor
  • Iran Darroudi artist

D continued

  • Ali Dashti politician
  • Ali-Akbar Davar minister, founder of Iran's modern judiciary system
  • Nader Davoodi photojournalist
  • Reza Deghati photojournalist
  • Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda linguist, author
  • Hossein Dehlavi composer
  • Masoud Dehnamaki activist, journalist
  • Delkash actress, singer
  • Jimmy Delshad politician
  • Hossein "Hoder" Derakhshan blogger
  • Vigen "Viguen" Derderian singer
  • Kamran Diba architect
  • Ali Divandari cartoonist, graphic designer, painter
  • Ali Dizaei commander London Metropolitan Police
  • Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi politician, cleric
E
  • Shirin Ebadi lawyer, human rights activist, Nobel laureate
  • Ebi singer, songwriter
  • Zahra Amir Ebrahimi photographer
  • Masoumeh Ebtekar scientist, journalist, politician
  • Dariush Eghbali singer
  • Saeed Emami politician
  • Bizhan Emkanian actor
  • Shahram Entekhabi video, installation artist
  • Ezzatolah Entezami actor
  • Homayoun Ershadi actor
  • Mohammad Esfahani singer
  • Tania Eshaghoff pianist
  • Zahra Eshraghi feminist, human rights activist
  • Abolhassan Etessami architect, painter, novelist, calligrapher
  • Vahid Evazzadeh filmmaker, theater director
F
  • Farhad Fakhreddini composer, conductor
  • Ali Fallahian politician
  • Parviz Fannizadeh actor
  • Behzad Farahani actor, screenwriter
  • Golshifteh Farahani actress, pianist
  • Mitra Farahani filmmaker, painter
  • Ramin Farahani filmmaker
  • Shaghayegh Farahani actress
  • Saeed Farajpouri composer, musician
  • Hormoz Farhat composer
  • Shahin Farhat composer
  • Farimah Farjami actress
  • Abbas Mirza Farman Farmaian prince of Qajar Dynasty
  • Manucher Mirza Farman Farmaian politician
  • Bahman Farmanara film director, screenwriter, film producer
  • Abdol-Hossein Mirza Farmanfarma prince, politician
  • Bita Farrahi actress
  • Hamid Farrokhnezhad actor, writer, director
  • Mahmoud Farshchian painter
  • Hossein Fatemi politician
  • Iradj Fazel surgeon, academic
  • Reza Fazeli film director, opposition figure
  • Adel Ferdosipour journalist, translator, football commentator
  • Fereydoon Foroughi musician
  • Dariush Forouhar politician
  • Jahangir Forouhar actor
  • Leila Forouhar singer, actress
  • Mohammad-Reza Foroutan actor
G
  • Akbar Ganji journalist, writer
  • Iraj Ghaderi director, actor
  • Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami chess grandmaster
  • Ali Ghanbari photojournalist
  • Mokarrameh Ghanbari painter
  • Shahyar Ghanbari lyricist, songwriter, singer
  • Faramarz Gharibian actor, director
  • Behrouz Gharibpour theater director
  • Mehran Ghassemi journalist
  • Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou Kurdish political leader
  • Mohammad Ghazi translator, writer
  • Bahman Ghobadi film director
  • Siavash Ghomayshi musician, singer, songwriter
  • Hossein Elahi Ghomshei scholar, author
  • Sadegh Ghotbzadeh politician
  • Kaveh Golestan photojournalist, artist
  • Akbar Golrang author, film director
  • Mohammad Reza Golzar actor, musician
  • Googoosh singer, actress
H
  • Emam-Ali Habibi Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Hassan Habibi politician
  • Fatemeh Haghighatjoo politician
  • Azita Hajian actress
  • Saeed Hajjarian journalist, activist
  • Morteza Hannaneh composer, musician
  • Maryam Hashemi painter
  • Mehdi Hashemi Iranian Shi'a cleric
  • Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani former president, politician, writer

H continued

  • Mir Emad Hassani calligrapher
  • Ali Hatami film director, screenwriter, art director
  • Leila Hatami actress
  • Ebrahim Hatamikia filmmaker
  • Amin Hayai actor
  • Mansoor Hekmat theorist
  • Seyed Mehdi Hosseini composer, musicologist
  • Ruhollah Hosseinian politician
  • Shirazeh Houshiary artist, sculptor
I - J
  • Khan Bahadur Ardeshir Irani writer, director, producer
  • Shah Ismail I Shah of Iran
  • Abbas Jadidi Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Alireza Jafarzadeh media commentator, author
  • Nader Jahanbani air force general, pilot
  • Nasrollah Jahangard politician
  • Abolfazl Jalili film director
  • Saeed Jalili politician
  • Shahin Jamie actor
  • Ahmad Jannati politician
  • Ebrahim Javadi Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Maz Jobrani comedian
K
  • Farzaneh Kaboli dancer
  • Kayhan Kalhor composer, musician
  • Gholamhossein Karbaschi politician
  • Farah Karimi politician
  • Niki Karimi actress, film director, screenwriter
  • Mehdi Karroubi politician
  • Abol-Ghasem Kashani politician
  • Nasrollah Kasraian photographer
  • Ahmad Kasravi linguist, historian
  • Moshe Katsav former president
  • Zahra Kazemi photographer
  • Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi lyricist
  • Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz actor
  • Samuel Khachikian film director, screenwriter, author
  • Amir Reza Khadem Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Rasoul Khadem Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Ruhollah Khaleqi musician, conductor, composer
  • Ali Khamenei supreme leader
  • Yadollah Kaboli Khansari calligrapher
  • Kamal Kharazi politician
  • Ahmad Khatami politician
  • Mohammad Khatami former president, scholar, philosopher
  • Darius Khondji cinematographer
  • Hadi Khorsandi poet, satirist
  • Shappi Khorsandi comedian
  • Reza Kianian actor
  • Abbas Kiarostami film director, screenwriter, film producer
  • Masoud Kimiai film director, screenwriter, producer
  • Parviz Kimiavi film director, screenwriter
  • Kamshad Kooshan movie writer, director
  • Nikahang Kowsar cartoonist

L - M

  • Fariborz Lachini composer, music producer
  • Tannaz Lahiji artist
  • Mohammad-Reza Lotfi musician
  • Andranik Madadian singer, songwriter
  • Mahasti singer
  • Mahmud Mahmud politician, historian
  • Majid Majidi film director, film producer, screenwriter
  • Mohsen Makhmalbaf film director, writer, editor, producer
  • Samira Makhmalbaf filmmaker, script writer
  • Iman Maleki painter
  • Rosie Malek-Yonan actress, author, director, activist
  • Lotfi Mansouri opera director
  • Javad Maroufi composer, pianist
  • Marzieh singer
  • Alireza Mashayekhi musician, composer, conductor
  • Jamshid Mashayekhi actor
  • Nader Mashayekhi composer
  • Haik Hovsepian Mehr bishop, Christian martyr
  • Dariush Mehrjui director, screenwriter, producer, film editor
  • Farshid Mesghali graphic designer, illustrator, animator, author
  • Parviz Meshkatian composer, musician
  • Ali Meshkini politician, cleric
  • Shahrokh Meskoob writer, translator, scholar
  • Arash Miresmaeili Olympic medalist, judoka
  • Hassan Modarres cleric
  • Mehran Modiri actor, director
  • Moein singer
  • Shaul Mofaz politician
  • Hengameh Mofid actress, director, dramatist
  • Nasser Moghadam last chief of SAVAK
  • Ata'ollah Mohajerani historian, politician, journalist, author
  • Ali Akbar Mohtashamipur cleric, politician
  • Rasoul Mollagholipour director, screenwriter, producer
  • Morteza Momayez graphic designer
  • Hossein Monzavi lyricist

M continued

  • Elshan Moradi chess grandmaster
  • Ali Mosaffa actor, director
  • Farhad Moshiri artist
  • Mohammad Mossadeq former prime minister
  • Sina Motalebi journalist
  • Noreen Motamed painter
  • Fatemeh Motamed-Arya actress
  • Ahmad Motamedi politician
  • Hamid Motebassem musician
  • Mir-Hossein Mousavi former prime minister
  • Mohammad Mousavi musician
  • Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari politician
  • Abdollah Movahed Olympic medalist, wrestler
N
  • Ebrahim Nabavi satirist, writer, diarist
  • Amir Naderi film director, screenwriter
  • Mahdi Bemani Naeini film director, cinematographer, news producer
  • Ahmad Najafi actor, producer
  • Mohammad-Ali Najafi politician
  • Mahmoud Namjoo Olympic medalist, weight lifter
  • Mohsen Namjoo singer, songwriter, musician
  • Ehsan Naraghi sociologist, writer
  • Hossein Nasr philosopher
  • Nematollah Nassiri former director of SAVAK
  • Ali Nassirian actor
  • Ali Akbar Nategh-Nouri politician
  • Shahram Nazeri singer, composer
  • Ezzat Negahban archaeologist
  • Mana Neyestani cartoonist, illustrator
  • Touka Neyestani cartoonist
  • Roya Nonahali actress
  • Mohsen Nourbakhsh economist, banker
  • Abdollah Nouri politician, cleric
  • Parviz Nouri director, film critic, screenwriter
  • Alireza Nourizadeh scholar, literary figure, journalist
  • Guity Novin painter, graphic designer
O - P
  • Kazem Ordoobadi painter
  • Mostafa Oskooyi actor, director
  • Mahin Oskouei theater director
  • Ashraf Pahlavi princess
  • Farah Pahlavi former queen, empress
  • Leila Pahlavi princess
  • Reza Pahlavi crown prince
  • Hassan Pakravan diplomat
  • Bijan Pakzad menswear and fragrance designer
  • Jafar Panahi film director, producer, editor, writer
  • Parviz Parastui actor, singer
  • Shadi Paridar chess grandmaster
  • Parisa singer, musician
  • Asghar Parsa spokesperson National Front
  • Farrokhroo Parsa physician, educator, parliamentarian
  • Shahrnush Parsipur novelist
  • Babak Payami film director
  • Faramarz Payvar composer, musician
  • Shahkar Binesh Pazhooh poet, songwriter, singer
  • Nasim Pedrad actress, comedian
  • Ahmad Pejman composer
  • Paul the Persian philosopher
  • Colonel Mohammad Taqi-Khan Pessian military leader
  • Mahaya Petrosian actress
  • Habibollah Peyman politician
  • Parsa Pirouzfar actor, theater director
  • Zoya Pirzad writer, novelist
  • Laleh Pourkarim singer, songwriter
  • Pyruz singer, songwriter, composer
R
  • Saeed Rad actor, playwright
  • Bahram Radan actor
  • Akbar Radi playwright
  • Ali Rahbari composer, conductor
  • Ramin Rahimi musician, composer
  • Alireza Rajaei journalist
  • Kazem Rajavi human rights advocate, politician
  • Maryam Rajavi politician
  • Masoud Rajavi militant opposition leader
  • Abdollah Ramezanzadeh academic, writer, politician
  • Behzad Ranjbaran composer
  • Davoud Rashidi actor
  • Jalil Rasouli calligrapher, artist
  • Freydoon Rassouli painter
  • Amir Shahab Razavian film director, filmmaker, producer
  • Ali Razmara former prime minister, military leader
  • Jahangir Razmi photographer
  • Mohammad Reza former Shah
  • Mohsen Rezaee politician
  • Alireza Rezaei Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Hossein Rezazadeh Olympic medalist, weight lifter
  • Anoushiraven Rohani pianist, songwriter
  • Shahrdad Rohani composer, violinist, pianist, conductor
  • Susan Roshan singer
  • Homa Rousta actress
  • Hassan Rowhani politician, cleric

S

  • Ahmad Saatchian actor
  • Abolhasan Saba musician, composer
  • Ali Akbar Sadeghi painter
  • Ghotbeddin Sadeghi director, playwright, actor
  • Reza Sadeghi singer, songwriter
  • Abolhassan Khan Sadighi sculptor, painter
  • Gholam Hossein Sadighi politician
  • Musa al-Sadr philosopher
  • Shadi Sadr lawyer, journalist, activist
  • Mehid Saeedi artist
  • Zabihollah Safa scholar
  • Navvab Safavi cleric
  • Ezzatollah Sahabi scholar, humanitarian, activist, politician
  • Yadollah Sahabi scholar, writer, reformist, politician
  • Kiawasch Sahebnassagh composer, researcher
  • Abolmohsen Salemi journalist, lawyer, poet, writer
  • Mojtaba Saminejad blogger
  • Karim Sanjabi politician
  • Heshmat Sanjari conductor, composer
  • Behnaz Sarafpour fashion designer
  • Hassan Sattar singer
  • Mohammad Sattarifar economist, former vice president
  • Parviz Sayyad actor, film director
  • Abdolhossein Sepanta film director, producer
  • Sohrab Sepehri poet, painter
  • Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari philosopher
  • Shahram Shabpareh singer, songwriter
  • Nadir Shah former ruler of Persia
  • Naser al-Din Shah former king
  • Alireza Shapour Shahbazi archeologist
  • Sohrab Shahid-Saless filmmaker
  • Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi archeologist
  • Moshir Habibollah Homayoun Shahrdar pianist
  • Homayoun Shajarian vocalist
  • Mohammad-Reza Shajarian composer, singer
  • Khosrow Shakibai actor
  • Ali Shamkhani navy admiral, politician
  • Ahmad Shamlou poet, journalist
  • Mohammad Shams conductor, composer
  • Vahid Shamsaei musician
  • Ali Shariati revolutionary
  • Hossein Shariatmadari editor
  • Mohammad-Reza Sharifinia actor
  • Dariush Shayegan theorist
  • Jamileh Sheykhi actress
  • Kamran Shirdel documentarist
  • Ghobad Shiva graphic designer
  • Daryush Shokof film director, writer, film producer
  • Younes Shokrkhah journalist
  • Khosrow Sinai film director
  • Shohreh Solati singer
  • Bahar Soomekh actress, environmental activist
  • Abdolkarim Soroush philosopher

T

  • Jazeh Tabatabai painter, poet, sculptor
  • Kamal Tabrizi film director
  • Ahmad Tafazzoli linguist
  • Nasser Taghvai film director, screenwriter
  • Ali Tajvidi musician, composer, violinist, songwriter
  • Seyyed Mostafa Tajzadeh politician
  • Gholamreza Takhti Olympic medalist, wrestler
  • Mahmoud Taleghani theologian, humanist
  • Parviz Tanavoli sculptor
  • Mohammad Ali Taraghijak painter
  • Susan Taslimi actress, film director, screenwriter
  • Ahmad Tavakkoli politician
  • Hedieh Tehrani actress
  • Hossein Tehrani musician
  • Roya Teymourian actress
V - Z
  • Hossein Valamanesh artist
  • Ali Khan Vali photographer
  • Mohsen Vaziri-Moghaddam painter
  • Viguen singer
  • Alfred Yaghobzadeh photographer
  • Parviz Yahaghi composer, violinist
  • Peyman Yazdanian pianist, composer
  • Ebrahim Yazdi politician, diplomat
  • Manoucher Yektai artist
  • Fazlollah Zadedi former prime minister, army general
  • Ardeshir Zahedi diplomat
  • Mahla Zamani fashion designer
  • Merila Zarei actress
  • Habib Zargarpour art director
  • Hossein Zenderoudi painter, sculptor
  • Jalal Zolfonun musician, composer
  • Mahmoud Zoufonoun musician
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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