United States compared to Iran

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If you moved to Iran from United States, you would..


make 68.4% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Iran Iran ($18,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Iran, the GDP per capita is $18,100.
Category: United States vs. Iran - GDP Per Capita

live 8.4 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Iran Iran (71.4 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Iran, the average life expectancy is 71.4 years.
Category: United States vs. Iran - Life Expectancy

consume 78.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Iran Iran (2,632 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Iran, that number is 2,632 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iran - Electricity Consumption

have 42.4% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Iran Iran (17.8 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Iran, that number is 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iran - Birth Rate

be 23.8% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Iran Iran (18.7% of people - 2007 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Iran, that number is 18.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. Iran - Poverty Line

be 6.4 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Iran Iran (37.1 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Iran, on the other hand, 37.1 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Iran - Infant Mortality

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Iran Iran (10.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Iran, that number is 10.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. Iran - Unemployment

see 87.8% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Iran Iran (2,440 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Iran, that number is 2,440 km.
Category: United States vs. Iran - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


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A brief history of Iran

Iran is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 1,648,195 sq km. Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and Shah Mohammad Reza PAHLAVI was forced into exile. Conservative clerical forces led by Ayatollah Ruhollah KHOMEINI established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority vested in a learned religious scholar referred to commonly as the Supreme Leader who, according to the constitution, is accountable only to the Assembly of Experts - a popularly elected 86-member body of clerics. US-Iranian relations became strained when a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held embassy personnel hostages until mid-January 1981. The US cut off diplomatic relations with Iran in April 1980. During the period 1980-88, Iran fought a bloody, indecisive war with Iraq that eventually expanded into the Persian Gulf and led to clashes between US Navy and Iranian military forces. Iran has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its activities in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world and remains subject to US, UN, and EU economic sanctions and export controls because of its continued involvement in terrorism and concerns over possible military dimensions of its nuclear program. Following the election of reformer Hojjat ol-Eslam Mohammad KHATAMI as president in 1997 and a reformist Majles (legislature) in 2000, a campaign to foster political reform in response to popular dissatisfaction was initiated. The movement floundered as conservative politicians, supported by the Supreme Leader, unelected institutions of authority like the Council of Guardians, and the security services reversed and blocked reform measures while increasing security repression. Starting with nationwide municipal elections in 2003 and continuing through Majles elections in 2004, conservatives reestablished control over Iran's elected government institutions, which culminated with the August 2005 inauguration of hardliner Mahmud AHMADI-NEJAD as president. His controversial reelection in June 2009 sparked nationwide protests over allegations of electoral fraud. These protests were quickly suppressed, and the political opposition that arouse as a consequence of AHMADI-NEJAD's election was repressed. Deteriorating economic conditions due primarily to government mismanagement and international sanctions prompted at least two major economically based protests in July and October 2012, but Iran's internal security situation remained stable. President AHMADI-NEJAD's independent streak angered regime establishment figures, including the Supreme Leader, leading to conservative opposition to his agenda for the last year of his presidency, and an alienation of his political supporters. In June 2013 Iranians elected a moderate conservative cleric, Dr. Hasan Fereidun RUHANI to the presidency. He is a long-time senior member in the regime, but has made promises of reforming society and Iran's foreign policy. The UN Security Council has passed a number of resolutions calling for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and comply with its IAEA obligations and responsibilities, but in November 2013 the five permanent members, plus Germany, (P5+1) signed a joint plan with Iran to provide the country with incremental relief from international pressure for positive steps toward transparency of their nuclear program.

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