1) Country Profile
Location: Iran is located in the Middle East, between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Iran borders Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmeni-stan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey.
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Population: 79.8 million
Ethnic Groups: Persian - 61%, Azeri - 16%, Kurd - 10%, Lur - 6%, Baloch - 2%, Arab - 2%, Turkmen and Turkic tribes - 2%, other - 1%
Languages: Persian (official) - 53%, Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects - 18%, Kurdish - 10%, Gilaki and Mazandarani - 7%, Luri - 6%, Balochi - 2%, Arabic - 2%, other - 2%
Religions: Muslim (official) - 98% (Shia 89%, Sunni 9%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i) - 2%
2) Iranians in the GTA
Number of Iranians:
- In Canada: 121,510
- In the GTA: 56,925
- In the City of Toronto: 6,175
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas): Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Willowdale, Don Valley West, Don Valley East
Social and Settlement Services
The Spirit of Truth Church
1650 Finch Ave. East,
Toronto, ON, M5J 1A7
Iranian Ministry at Bayview Glen Church
300 Steels Ave. East,
Thornhill , On, L3T 1A7
Iranian church of Richmond Hill
75 Oxford Street,
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 4L6
Toronto Iranian Christian Church
432 Sheppard Ave. East,
6478 Yonge St.,
Toronto, ON, M2M 4J0
Centre for Intercultural Learning. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. "Iran."
The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency, The United States. "IRAN."
Encyclopedia of the Nations. "Iran."