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Iran, Islamic Rep. Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


73,973,630 (17th most populous country in the world)

Persian & Dialects58%
Turkic & Dialects26%


Petroleum, petrochemicals, fertilizers, caustic soda, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food processing, ferrous and non-ferrous metal fabrication, armaments

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Iran, Islamic Rep., visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ir.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Iran, Islamic Rep. as 140 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Iran, Islamic Rep..

In order to start a business in Iran, Islamic Rep., one must follow these procedures:

  1. Search and reserve a unique company name
  2. Deposit at least 35% of the subscribed shares in a bank account and obtain a certificate from the bank
  3. Register the company with the Companies Registration Office for companies and pay registration duties
  4. Place a notice of the company formation in the Official Gazette and the selected newspaper of general circulation
  5. Take out the officially sealed books of account within 30 days after the date of registration
  6. Pay the share certificate stamp duty within 60 days after the date of registration of the company
  7. Enroll workers in the social security program by open files for all employees before the Iranian Labor Department and obtain a workplace number

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Iran, Islamic Rep., visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.


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Iran, Islamic Rep. Economic Freedom

The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in 1971 by Klaus Martin Schwab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  It is a non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss both economic and social issues facing the world.  The WEF also serves as a think tank, and publishes a wide range of reports focusing on issues of concern and importance to Forum communities. In particular, Strategic Insight Teams focus on producing reports of relevance in the fields of competitiveness, global risks and scenario thinking.  The Global Competitiveness Report measures competitiveness of countries and economic competitiveness among a wide range of factors such as corruption, tax rates, work ethic, and many others.

Iran, Islamic Rep. Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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