Iran facts Selected as the most interesting among Asia related questions in Asia quiz Which country was formerly named Persia?Iran. Historically, Iran has been referred to as Persia by the West, due mainly to the writings of Greek historians who called Iran Persis. In 1935, Reza Shah requested the international community to refer to the country by its native name, Iran.Created by: globalquiz.orghistorical names facts » What is the capital city of Iran?Tehran. From the 1920s to 1930s, the city was essentially rebuilt from scratch, under the rule of Reza Shah Pahlavi. In an attempt to modernize the city, many historic buildings, fortifications and gardens were demolished, and modern buildings in pre-Islamic Iranian style (such as National Bank) were built in their place.Created by: globalquiz.orgSouthern Asia facts » What is the official language in Iran?Persian. About 53% of Iranians speak Persian. The language is ancient - the oldest written texts in Old Persian is from from the Behistun Inscription (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from 5th century BC.Created by: globalquiz.orglanguages facts » Which country borders Russia and Iran?Azerbaijan borders Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey and Iran.Created by: globalquiz.orgWestern Asia facts » Which country borders Iraq and Iran?Turkey borders Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.Created by: globalquiz.orgIraq facts » Play Asia quiz and see all the questions.