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Iran is in the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan.
The climate is mostly arid or semi arid but subtropical along Caspian coast.
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 dress code for expatriate businessmen is a suit and a conservative tie, while women must comply with the Islamic dress code, which is strictly enforced and should dress modestly with a long skirt and a headscarf. Before discussing business, it is important to make personal enquiries about the other person's health and family. The working week is Saturday to Thursday morning. Government offices are usually closed on Thursday. Banks are open Saturday to Wednesday 07.30-13.30. The safety risk for expatriates in Iran is medium, but high in Sistan-e-Balochistan, which is relatively underdeveloped, desolate, and poor. Risks include low levels of petty and violent crime (mainly in poor urban areas), and risks associated with protest action. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend local culture and religious sensitivities with regard to dress and behaviour.
The currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial (IRR). International debit and credit cards will generally not work in Iran. There are no cash machines that accept international bank cards. It is illegal to change money on the street.
Health care facilities are generally reasonable in the major urban areas but poor in rural areas.
The population is 81 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 27% for Iran as at November 2019.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Iran is based on the current employment income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%.
Within Iran we also cover Tehran.
The cost of living for expatriates in Iran as at January 2020 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Iran is as follows:1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$420. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$720. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$46, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$164, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$72 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$41.3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$48. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$18, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.01 per minute.4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$15900. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$10,282 for Primary School, and USD$11,442 for High School.5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$775. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$500, and USD$429 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$320. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.82, 1 kg oranges USD$1.56, 1 head lettuce USD$0.90, 1 kg potatos USD$0.98, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.90, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$5.34, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.18, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.49, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.16, and 1.5 L water USD$0.55.7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$210. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$17, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$528.8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2300. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,575 in a central location, and USD$1,524 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$200. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$3.89, while an international newspaper is USD$1.20.10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$130. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$11, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$53.11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$260. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$4.59, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$32 per month.12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$340. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.22, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.68, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.18, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$22.63.13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$390. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.24, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$47,560.
Iran is -57.3% cheaper than USA for groceries, -15.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 0.6% more expensive for transport costs than India.
Iran is ranked as an extreme hardship location.The hardship premium for Iran for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Iran) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.