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Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa.
It is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size and has a population slightly over two million.
Its capital and largest city is Maseru.
Lesotho is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The name Lesotho translates roughly into the land of the people who speak Sotho.
About 40% of the population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 a day.
Kingdom of Lesotho - Muso oa Lesotho
"Khotso, Pula, Nala" (Sotho)
"Peace, Rain, Prosperity"
Lesotho Fatse La Bontata Rona
Lesotho, land of our Fathers
Capital and largest city:
Maseru (29°28′S 27°56′E)
• 99.7% Sotho
• 0.3% other Africans
Demonym: Mosotho (singular) / Basotho (plural)
Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• King: Letsie III
• Prime Minister:
• Upper house: Senate
• Lower house: National Assembly
Independence from the United Kingdom:
4 October 1966
• Total:30,355 km2 (140th) - 12,727 sq mi
• Water (%): negligible
2009 estimate 2,067,000 (144th) - 2004 census 2,031,348
Density: 68.1/km2 (138th) - 162.4/sq mi
GDP (PPP): 2013 estimate
• Total: $4.277 billion
• Per capita: $2,244
Currency: Lesotho loti (LSL)
Time zone: SAST (UTC+2)
Drives on the left
Calling code: +266
ISO 3166 code: LS
Internet TLD: .ls