With a high rate of divorce among a large, youthful population, authorities in Iran have stepped in to play Cupid with the launch of a state-run internet dating website. The vast majority occur between couples under 30 - the age group which makes up most of country's population. It is a statistic which is worrying officials. Announcing the plan earlier this year, Mahmoud Golrazi, the deputy minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, said he hoped the new site would help create ", marriages" and thus "solve the problem of marriage amongst young people".
Population under enumeration : members of all private settled households, institutional and collective households whose usual place of residence is located in Iran at the time of enumeration, as well as members of all private unsettled households. Foreign delegations, diplomatic corps and their families are excluded. However, Iranian delegations and members of Iranian diplomatic corps and their families at Iranian embassies in foreign countries are included in the population under enumeration. Private household: persons living together in one residence, sharing their living expenses and eating together constitute a household. A person living alone also forms a private household. Private settled household: a household living in a permanent residence which was made from hard materials, fixed tent, hut, straw hut, etc.
Before the Islamic Revolution in , the issue of transgender identity in Iran had never been officially addressed by the government. Beginning in the mids, however, transgender individuals were officially recognized by the government and allowed to undergo sex reassignment surgery. As of , Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except Thailand. The government provides up to half the cost for those needing financial assistance, and a sex change is recognized on the birth certificate.
Prostitution in Iran is illegal, and incurs various punishments ranging from fines and jail terms to execution for repeat offenders. The exact number of prostitutes working in Iran is unknown. However, prostitutes are visible on some street corners of the major cities. Many of them are runaways from poor and broken homes. Police raids have also exposed child prostitution rings.