Iranian Culture

Population Statistics

Iran

Population

84,923,314

[July 2020 est.]

Language

Persian [official]

Azeri and other Turkic dialects

Kurdish

Gilaki and Mazandarani

Luri

Balochi

Arabic

Religion

Islam 40.4%
– Shi'a Islam 32.2%
– Sunni Islam 5.0%
– Sufism 3.2%
Zoroastrianism 7.7%
Other Religion or Spirituality 15.2%
No Religion, Atheist or Agnostic 36.8%

[GAMAAN, 2020]

Iran’s 2016 census claims that 99.5% of the population are Muslim.

Ethnicity

Persian

Azeri [Azerbaijani]

Kurd

Lur

Turkmen

Arab

Baloch

Talysh

Armenian

Assyrian

Turkic tribes

Others

Cultural Dimensions

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Australians with Iranian Ancestry

62,793 
[Census, 2016]

Iranians in Australia

Population

58,112

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Iran.

Median Age

35 
[Census, 2016]

Gender

Males 54.4%
Females 45.6%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Islam 31.2%
No Religion 30.7%
Bahá’í 11.6%
Catholic Christianity 2.8%
Other Religion 13.2%
Not Stated 10.2%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Iranian 75.6%
Afghan 4.6%
Kurdish 3.7%
Armenian 2.4%
Other Ancestry 13.6%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Persian [excluding Dari] 75.4%
English 6.7%
Arabic 4.3%
Kurdish 2.6%
Other 10.3%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 81.5% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

New South Wales 39.7%
Victoria 28.6%
Queensland 11.2%
Western Australia 10.0%
Other 10.5%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival

Prior to 2007 36.7%
2007 - 2011 22.6%
2012 - 2016 38.2%

[Census, 2016]

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