Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iran instead of Cyprus, you would:

Health

live 4.8 years less


In Cyprus, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Iran, that number is 74 years (73 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 18.3% more likely to be obese


In Cyprus, 21.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iran, that number is 25.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 46.0% less money


Cyprus has a GDP per capita of $37,200 as of 2017, while in Iran, the GDP per capita is $20,100 as of 2017.

Life

have 49.5% more children


In Cyprus, there are approximately 10.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iran, there are 16.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Cyprus, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iran, 16.0 women do as of 2017.

be 13.7% less likely to be literate


In Cyprus, the literacy rate is 99.1% as of 2015. In Iran, it is 85.5% as of 2016.

be 2.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Cyprus, approximately 7.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Iran, on the other hand, 14.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 17.1% less likely to have internet access


In Cyprus, approximately 84.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iran, about 70.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 37.5% less on education


Cyprus spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Iran spends 4.0% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 3.8 times more coastline


Cyprus has a total of 648 km of coastline. In Iran, that number is 2,440 km.

Iran: At a glance

Iran is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 1,531,595 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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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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