Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 26
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran's population growth rate hit 1.2 percent in the Iranian calendar year 1391, which ended on March 20, 2013, according to the Central Bank of Iran.
The population amounted to 76 million, some 54.6 million of which live in cities, ISNA reported on November 26.
The country's total unemployment rate also stands at 12.2 per cent.
Iran's population growth rate reached 1.3 per cent during the Iranian calendar year, which ended in March 2012, head of the country's Statistical Research Centre, Alireza Zahedian said, IRNA news agency reported on Nov.25.
The population of Iran can face zero or negative growth rate by 2041 in case if the current tendency continues, he added.
Zahedian went on to note that, currently, the annual birth rate is some 1.4 million, with some 400,000 people dying annually in the country.
Later in April, the deputy Health Minister of Iran, Fatima Rakhshani said that the population in the country is getting older, and it can reduce drastically by 2101.