Saudi Arabia and Iran – country comparison | Saudi Arabia vs Iran

Saudi Arabia and Iran are the two largest countries in the Middle East. The following is a comparison between these two countries. Let’s read.

Saudi Arabia vs Iran – country comparison

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Which country is larger in area, Saudi Arabia or Iran?

Saudi Arabia is 1.3 times larger than Iran. It has an area of 2.15 million sq km. Iran, on the other hand, has an area of 1.648 million sq km.

Which country is more populous, Saudi Arabia or Iran?

Although Saudi Arabia is larger in area, it is not as heavily populated as Iran.

  • Population of Saudi Arabia – 32.2 million (2022)
  • Population of Iran – 87.6 million (2023)

Top 3 largest cities in Saudi Arabia

  1. Riyadh (capital city)
  2. Jeddah
  3. Mecca
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the night time
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the night time

Top 3 largest cities in Iran

  1. Tehran (capital city)
  2. Mashhad
  3. Isfahan
A view of Tehran (Milad tower in the middle is 435 m tall)
A view of Tehran (Milad tower in the middle is 435 m tall)

Overview

Saudi ArabiaIran
Area2.15 million km²1.648 million km²
Area rank in the world12th17th
Population32.2 million (2022)87.6 million (2023)
Capital cityRiyadhTehran
Largest cityRiyadhTehran
Most spoken languageArabicPersian
Life expectancy (UN/2021)76.973.9
Most popular sportFootball (Soccer)Football (Soccer)
CurrencySaudi RiyalIranian Rial
Largest economic sectorService sectorService sector

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Geography

Saudi ArabiaIran
RegionMiddle EastMiddle East
Bordering countriesIraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and YemenIraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
Highest mountain peakJabal Sawda (3,015 m/9,892 ft)Mount Damavand (5,609 m/18,402 ft)
Largest islandFarasan IslandQeshm Island
Largest lakeLake Urmia
Number of provinces1331
Largest provinceEastern ProvinceKerman province

Tourism

Saudi ArabiaIran
Popular places to visitRiyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Elephant Rock, Madinah, AlUla, Hegra, etc.Tehran, Persepolis, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Yazd, Kashan, Mashhad, etc.
Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites7 sites27 sites
International tourist arrivals (2022) 16.6 million4.1 million

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