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Tehran is the capital and largest city of Iran. Tehran is the economic centre of Iran. About 30% of Iran's public-sector workforce and 45% of large industrial firms are located in Tehran and almost half of these workers work for the government. Most of the remainder of workers are factory workers, shopkeepers, labourers, and transport workers.Iran is in the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan. Mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast. Rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts.The official language is Persian (Farsi). Foreigners are not expected to be able to speak Persian, though hosts will be impressed if they can say a few words. English is widely understood. The main religion is Islam.The economy of Iran is a mixture of central planning, state ownership of oil and other large enterprises, village agriculture, and small-scale private trading and service ventures. Its economic infrastructure has been improving steadily over the past two decades but continues to be affected by inflation and unemployment.The population in Tehran is 13.4 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 16.6% (2014 est.).