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Ethnicities In Iran
A majority of the population of Iran
Iran
(approximately 67–80%) consists of Iranic peoples . The largest groups in this category include Persians (who form the majority of the Iranian population) and Kurds
Kurds
, with smaller communities including Gilakis , Mazandaranis , Lurs
Lurs
, Tats , Talysh , and Baloch . Turkic groups constitute a substantial minority of about 15–24%, the largest group being the Azerbaijani , who are the second largest ethnicity in Iran
Iran
as well as the largest minority group. Other Turkic groups include the Turkmen and Qashqai peoples. Arabs account for about 2–3% of the Iranian population. The remainder, amounting to about 1% of Iranian population, consists of a variety of minor groups, mainly comprising Assyrians , Armenians , Georgians , Circassians
Circassians
, and Mandaeans
Mandaeans

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Isfahan Province
ISFAHAN PROVINCE (Persian : استان اصفهان Ostāne Esfahan ‎‎), also transliterated as Esfahan, Espahan, Isfahan, or Isphahan, is one of the thirty-one provinces of Iran
Iran
. It is located in the center of the country in Iran's Region 2 . Its secretariat is located in the city of Isfahan
Isfahan
. CONTENTS * 1 Geography * 2 History and culture * 3 Education * 3.1 Public Universities * 3.2 Islamic Azad Universities * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Bibliography * 6.1 Further readings on the Georgians
Georgians
of Isfahan
Isfahan
Province * 7 External links GEOGRAPHYThe Isfahan
Isfahan
province covers an area of approximately 107,027 square km and is situated in the center of Iran. To its north, stand the Markazi (Central) Province and the provinces of Qom and Semnan
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Fars Province
FARS PROVINCE (/fɑːrs/ ; Persian : استان فارس‎‎ Ostān-e Fārs, pronounced ) also known as PARS or PERSIA in historical context, is one of the thirty-one provinces of Iran
Iran
and known as the cultural capital of the country. It is in the south of the country, in Iran's Region 2 , and its administrative center is Shiraz . It has an area of 122,400 km². In 2011, this province had a population of 4.6 million people, of which 67.6% were registered as urban dwellers (urban/suburbs), 32.1% villagers (small town/rural), and 0.3% nomad tribes. The etymology of the word Persian (From Latin Persia, from Ancient Greek Περσίς (Persis)), found in many ancient names associated with Iran, is derived from the historical importance of this region. Fars Province
Fars Province
is the original homeland of the Persian people
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Alborz Province
ALBORZ PROVINCE (Persian : استان البرز‎‎, Ostan-e Alborz
Alborz
) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran
Iran
, centered in Karaj
Karaj
. Alborz
Alborz
Province was formed by division of Tehran Province
Tehran Province
into two provinces, after the Parliamentary approval on June 23, 2010, and was introduced as 31st province of Iran
Iran
. In 2014 it was placed in Region 1 . Situated northwest of Tehran
Tehran
, the Province of Alborz
Alborz
has 4 counties, Karaj
Karaj
, Savojbolagh , Taleghan
Taleghan
and Nazarabad . Karaj
Karaj
is the seat of the province
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Razavi Khorasan
RAZAVI KHORASAN PROVINCE (Persian : استان خراسان رضوی‎‎, Ostâne Xorâsâne Razavi) is a province located in northeastern Iran
Iran
. Mashhad
Mashhad
is the center and capital of the province. Other cities and counties are Quchan , Dargaz , Chenaran , Sarakhs
Sarakhs
, Fariman , Torbat-e Heydarieh , Torbat-e Jam
Torbat-e Jam
, Taybad , Khaf , Roshtkhar
Roshtkhar
, Kashmar , Bardaskan
Bardaskan
, Nishapur
Nishapur
, Sabzevar , Gonabad
Gonabad
, Kalat , Khalilabad and Mahvelat
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Tehran Province
TEHRAN PROVINCE (Persian : استان تهران Ostān-e Tehrān‎‎) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran
Iran
. It covers an area of 18,909 square kilometres (7,301 sq mi) and is located to the north of the central plateau of Iran. The province was put as part of First Region with its secretariat located in its capital city, Tehran
Tehran
, upon the division of the provinces into 5 regions solely for coordination and development purposes on June 22, 2014. Tehran
Tehran
Province borders Māzandarān Province
Māzandarān Province
in the north, Qom Province in the south, Semnān Province in the east, and Alborz Province in the west. The metropolis of Tehran
Tehran
is the capital city of the province and of Iran. As of June 2005 , this province includes 13 townships , 43 municipalities , and 1358 villages
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Persian Language
PERSIAN (/ˈpɜːrʒən/ or /ˈpɜːrʃən/ ), also known by its endonym FARSI (فارسی fārsi ( listen )), is one of the Western Iranian languages
Iranian languages
within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family . It is primarily spoken in Iran
Iran
, Afghanistan (officially known as Dari since 1958), and Tajikistan
Tajikistan
(officially known as Tajiki since the Soviet era), and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran
Iran
. It is written in the Persian alphabet , a modified variant of the Arabic script
Arabic script

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Circassians
The CIRCASSIANS (Circassian : Адыгэхэр, Adygekher) are a Northwest Caucasian
Northwest Caucasian
ethnic group native to Circassia , many of whom were displaced in the course of the Russian conquest of the Caucasus in the 19th century, especially after the Russian–Circassian War in 1864. In its narrowest sense, the term "Circassian" includes the twelve Adyghe (Circassian : Адыгэ, Adyge) tribes (three democratic and nine aristocratic), i.e. Abzakh
Abzakh
, Besleney , Bzhedug , Hatuqwai , Kabardian , Mamkhegh , Natukhai , Shapsug , Temirgoy , Ubykh , Yegeruqwai , and Zhaney , each one represented by a star on the green-and-gold Circassian flag
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World Factbook
THE WORLD FACTBOOK (ISSN 1553-8133 ; also known as the CIA WORLD FACTBOOK) is a reference resource produced by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with almanac -style information about the countries of the world . The official print version is available from the National Technical Information Service and the Government Printing Office . Other companies—such as Skyhorse Publishing —also print a paper edition. The Factbook is available in the form of a website that is partially updated every week. It is also available for download for use off-line
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Golestan Province
Persian Mazandarani Turkmen GOLESTāN PROVINCE (Persian : استان گلستان‎‎, Ostān-e Golestān) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran
Iran
, located in the north-east of the country south of the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
. Its capital is Gorgan
Gorgan
. The province was put as part of Region 1 upon the division of the provinces into 5 regions solely for coordination and development purposes on June 22, 2014. Majority of its population are Shia Muslims, and minority are Sunni
Sunni
Muslims. Golestān was split off from the province of Mazandaran
Mazandaran
in 1997
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South Khorasan
SOUTH KHORASAN PROVINCE (Persian : استان خراسان جنوبی‎‎ Ostān-e Khorāsān-e Jonūbī ) is a province located in eastern Iran
Iran
. Birjand is the centre of the province. The other major cities are Ferdows , Tabas and Qaen
Qaen
. In 2014, it was placed in Region 5 . This new province, is but the old Quhistan which was included into greater Khorasan in the Iranian administrative planning. However, historically Qohistan forms a separate entity, with a distinct culture, history, environment and ecology. South Khorasan
South Khorasan
is one of the three provinces that were created after the division of Khorasan in 2004. While at the beginning, the newly created "South Khorasan" included only Birjand County and some new counties detached from that county (i.e
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Yazd Province
YAZD PROVINCE (Persian : استان یزد‎, Ostān-e Yazd
Yazd
) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran
Iran
. It is in the centre of the country, and its administrative center is the city of Yazd
Yazd
. In 2014, it was placed in Region 5 . Yazd
Yazd
Province relief The province has an area of 131,575 km², and according to the most recent divisions of the country, is divided into ten counties: Abarkuh County , Ardakan County , Bafq County , Behabad County , Khatam County , Mehriz County , Meybod County , Ashkezar County , Taft County , and Yazd
Yazd
County . According to the 1996 census, Yazd
Yazd
province had a population of about 750,769, of which 75.1% were urban residents while 24.9% resided in rural areas
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Qazvin Province
The QAZVIN PROVINCE (Persian : استان قزوین‎‎, Ostān-e Qazvīn) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran
Iran
. It is in the north-west of the country, and its center is the city of Qazvin
Qazvin
. The province was created in 1993 out of part of Tehran Province
Tehran Province
and includes 20 cities: Qazvin
Qazvin
, Takestan , Abyek
Abyek
, Buin-Zahra , Eqhbalieh , Mohammadieh , Alvand , Esfarvarin
Esfarvarin
, Mahmood Abad Nemooneh , Khoram Dasht , Ziä Abad , Avaj , Shäl , Danesfahan , Abgarm
Abgarm
, Ardägh , Moallem Keläyeh , Razmian Kouhin and Bidestan
Bidestan
in the form of four townships (chief cities) contains 18 sections, 44 rural districts, and 1543 villages
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Hamadan Province
HAMADAN PROVINCE (Persian : استان همدان‎‎), is one of the 31 provinces of Iran
Iran
. Its center is Hamadan
Hamadan
city. The province of Hamadan
Hamadan
covers an area of 19,546 km². In the year 1996, Hamadan province had a population of approximately 1.7 million people; according to the National Census held in 2011 the population of the Province was 1758268 people. In 2014 it was placed in Region 4
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North Khorasan
NORTH KHORASAN PROVINCE (Persian : استان خراسان شمالی‎‎, Ostān-e Khorāsān-e Shomālī) is a province located in northeastern Iran
Iran
. Bojnord is the capital of the province. In 2014 it was placed in Region 5 . Other counties are Shirvan , Esfarayen , Maneh and Samalqan , Raz and Jargalan, Jajarm , Faroj , and Garmeh . North Khorasan
North Khorasan
is one of the three provinces that were created after the division of Khorasan in 2004. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 North Khorasan
North Khorasan
today * 3 Main sights * 4 Colleges and universities * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORY Greater Khorasan
Greater Khorasan
has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties and governments in its territory throughout history
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