†At-a-glance:†Iran's vital statistics
Population

Cost of living

Development

Women

Communications

Oil

Economy

Oil
Iran is the Middle Eastís second biggest producer of oil, relying on oil and gas for more than 80% of export earnings. But with its large population, state-dominated economy and the US's trade embargo, Iran's GDP per head is much lower than that of other regional oil producers such as Kuwait and the UAE.