Definition/Scope: Country covering an area of 636,300 square miles in southwestern Asia. It is bounded on the north by Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, and the Caspian Sea, on the east by Pakistan and Afghanistan, on the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and on the west by Turkey and Iraq. Iran also controls about a dozen islands in the Persian Gulf. More than 30 percent of its 4,770-mile boundary is seacoast. The capital is Tehran (Teheran).
Used For:Islamic Republic of Iran
Broader Terms:independent states (by name)
Narrower Terms:Ahwaz (Iran)
Related Terms:Great Salt Desert