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Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the  Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Pakistan
Population: 64.6 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Tehran
Comparative area: Slightly larger than Alaska
Religions: Shi'a Muslim 95 percent, Sunni Muslim 4 percent, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian and Baha'i 1 percent
Landscape: Rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1947

Source: Knight-Ridder/Tribune

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