Zanjan is the capital of Zanjan Province in Iranian Azerbaijan. It lies 298 km (185 mi) north-west of Tehran on the main highway to Tabriz and Turkey and approximately 125 km (78 mi) from the Caspian Sea. The city is located about 20 kilometers south of the Qaflankuh Mountain Range.
At the 2011 census, its population was 386,851, which is the 20th
largest city in Iran. The population of Zanjan consists mostly of Iranian Azerbaijanis who speak Azeri Turkish.
Zanjan is known for its beautiful handcrafts such as knives,
traditional sandals, called charoogh, and malileh, a handcraft made with
silver wires. Zanjani artists make many things like various decorative
dishes and their special covers as well as silver jewelry. In ancient
times, Zanjan was known for its stainless and sharp knives. But this
tradition is gradually becoming extinct by introduction of Chinese-made
knives into the market which are far cheaper, more abundant and of
course less artisticIsna.
Many villagers today are traditional carpet weavers, perhaps Zanjan's
most popular handcraft. Zanjan's population boasts the highest level of
happiness among the people of 30 other provinces in Iran, according to a
detailed survey conducted by