Provinces of Iran
Iran is divided into 31 provinces (Persian: استان ostān, plural استانها ostānhā). Each is ruled from a local center. These local centers can usually be found in the biggest local city, called the capital (Persian: مرکز markaz) of that province.
The following is a table with information on the provinces of Iran:
|Chahar Mahaal and Bakhtiari||Shahrekord||16,332||842,002||51.6||6|
|Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad||Yasuj||15,504||695,099||44.8||5|
|Sistan and Baluchistan||Zahedan||181,785||2,290,076||12.6||8|
- Statistical Centre, Government of Iran. ""General Characteristics of Ostans according to their administrative divisions at the end of 1383 (2005 CE)"". Retrieved 2006-04-30.
- Statistical Centre, Government of Iran. ""Population estimation by urban and rural areas, 2005"". Retrieved 2006-04-30.
- Until 23 June 2010, Alborz was part of Tehran province.
- Until 1993, Ardabil was part of East Azarbaijan province.
- Until 1979, the city was known as Rezaiyeh.
- Originally part of Fars province. Until 1977, the province was known as Khalij-e Fars (Persian Gulf).
- Originally part of Isfahan province.
- On 1997-05-31, the shahrestans of Aliabad, Gonbad-e-kavus, Gorgan, Kordkuy, Minudasht, and Torkaman were separated from Mazandaran province to form Golestan province.
- Originally part of Kermanshah province.
- Originally part of Kerman province. Until 1977, the province was known as Banader va Jazayer-e Bahr-e Oman (Ports and Islands of the Sea of Oman).
- Hormozgan includes several islands such as Qeshm, Lavan, Kish and Hormoz as well as Abu Musa island which is jointly administered by Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
- In 1986, some parts of Markazi province were transferred to Isfahan, Semnan, and Zanjan provinces.
- Between 1979 and 1995 Kermanshah province and its capital, were both known as Bakhtaran.
- On 2004-09-29, Khorasan was divided into three provinces. North Khorasan; Razavi Khorasan; South Khorasan.
- Originally part of Khuzestan province.
- Until 1990, the province was known as Bovir Ahmadi and Kohkiluyeh.
- Originally part of Gilan province.
- Originally part of Mazandaran province.
- On 1996-12-31, the shahrestans of Qazvin and Takestan were separated from Zanjan province to form the province of Qazvin.
- Until 1995, Qom was a shahrestan of Tehran province.
- Until 1986, the province was known as Baluchestan and Sistan.
- Until 1986, Tehran was part of Markazi province.
- In 1986, part of Kerman province was transferred to Yazd province. In 2002, Tabas shahrestan (area: 55,344 km²) was transferred from Khorasan province to Yazd.