Living in Iran as a Foreigner

Living in Tehran


Living as a foreigner in Iran offers a unique and enriching experience. Contrary to prevailing misconceptions, Iran remains a safe and hospitable country, here visitors can immerse themselves in a rich cultural tapestry.

In this blog post, we will explore the safety aspects, the warmth of Iranian hospitality, and the incredible cultural treasures that make living in Iran a remarkable experience.

Tehran Grand Bazaar
Tehran Grand Bazaar

Safety and Security in Iran

Debunking Misconceptions: Despite international media portrayals, Iran is a safe country with a long-standing reputation for stability.

Living in Tehran as a foreigner, I want to emphasize that the ongoing troubles in neighboring countries have not posed any direct issues or threats to my safety here. Iran’s geopolitical situation is distinct from its conflict-ridden neighbors, and the country has maintained its stability and security for many years.

15 Khordad Metro Station
15 Khordad Metro Station

Personal Experiences

Tomas from Germany

Living in Tehran as a foreigner has been an incredible experience for me. From the moment I arrived, I was embraced with open arms by the Iranian people. Their genuine kindness and hospitality made me feel like I belonged. Despite initial concerns, I have always felt safe in Tehran. The media’s portrayal of the city as dangerous is far from the truth. Instead, I have encountered a vibrant culture, rich history, and stunning architectural wonders. The weather changes by the season too, which is surprising as many people think it is always hot. 

But what truly stands out is the unwavering solidarity and humanity I have experienced here. Iranians have shown me extraordinary kindness, going above and beyond to make me feel welcome and part of their community. Living in Tehran and learning Persian language here has broadened my horizons and deepened my appreciation for the warmth and beauty of Iranian culture.

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Atieh Hospital Tehran

Iranian Hospitality and Kindness

Iranians are renowned for their genuine hospitality, embracing visitors with open arms and treating them like family.

Personal anecdotes showcasing the extraordinary kindness of Iranians, from assisting travelers to offering accommodation and sharing meals.

Living in Iran provides an opportunity to forge deep connections and create lasting friendships, thanks to the warmth and generosity of the local people.

Taleghani Park

Cultural Richness and Experiences

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Iran boasts an abundance of UNESCO-listed sites, such as Persepolis, Isfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan Square, and Yazd’s historic city center, offering foreigners an opportunity to explore ancient wonders.

Hidden Gems of Tehran
Hidden Gems of Tehran

Architectural Marvels in Iran

The intricate mosques, palaces, and gardens  and buildings across Iran showcase the country’s rich architectural heritage and provide a feast for the eyes.

Gastronomic Delights

Iranian cuisine is renowned for its flavors, aromas, and unique culinary traditions. Living in Iran allows foreigners to savor a diverse range of delicious Persian dishes.

When it comes to dining out in Tehran, I have been constantly amazed by the culinary delights this city has to offer. From cozy neighborhood eateries on Karim Khan to upscale restaurants in Fereshteh, there is a wide range of options to satisfy every palate. Iranian cuisine is a true delight, bursting with flavors and aromatic spices. Whether it’s enjoying a plate of succulent kebabs, savoring a bowl of fragrant saffron rice, or indulging in the delectable sweetness of Persian pastries, each meal has been a gastronomic adventure. What makes the experience even more enjoyable is the warm hospitality of the restaurant staff, who take pride in showcasing the best of Iranian cuisine. Eating out in Tehran has truly been a culinary journey that has left me craving for more exquisite flavors and culinary experiences.

Persian New Year festival (Nowruz Bazaar)

Festivals and Celebrations

Iranians celebrate various cultural and religious festivals throughout the year, providing a chance for foreigners to witness vibrant traditions and immerse themselves in the local culture.

Persian courses in Tehran
Persian courses in Tehran

Defying Stereotypes

By choosing to live in Iran, foreigners display solidarity and break down stereotypes, showing Iranians that they are not alone in times of difficulty. Living in Iran fosters cultural exchange, allowing foreigners to learn about Iranian society firsthand and share their own perspectives. Through their experiences, foreigners in Iran can inspire others to challenge preconceived notions and explore the beauty and warmth of the country.


Living in Iran as a foreigner has given me a one-of-a-kind chance to immerse myself in a vibrant culture, explore breathtaking historical sites, and be embraced by the genuine hospitality of Iranians. By fully embracing the safety, warmth, and cultural abundance of Iran, I have not only created unforgettable memories but also played a role in fostering solidarity, understanding, and bridging gaps between nations. Iran has welcomed me with open arms, leaving me with cherished moments and a profound appreciation for this extraordinary country.


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