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Behshahr, Iran
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The Abbasabad Lake.

City in central-north Iran with 90,000 inhabitants (2009 estimate), in Mazandaran province.
Although close to the Caspian Sea, it lies inland, about 12 km from the Bay of Gorgan. The nature here is in one of the greenest of Iran, with deep forests and hills.
Two older names are Ashraf, or Belad.
Behshahr has industries producing mainly vegetable oil and dish soap; including the country's largest producer of vegetable oil.
Among the most impressive sights here is the Abbasabad Lake, dammed up in the 17th century, today a popular picnic spot for locals and visitors.

By Tore Kjeilen