Facts and stats about Lesotho

1.94 million

Population. Ranked 148th in 2013.


GDP per capita. Ranked 141st in 2012.


South Africa 909 km
Largest city Maseru - 170,000,
Capital city Maseru - 170,000,
Major language Sesotho, English
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit loti ; South African rand
Head of state King Letsie III
Prime minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane
Alternative names Kingdom of Lesotho, Lesotho
Groups Group object, Group object, Group object, Group object, Group object

Interesting observations about Lesotho

  • Lesotho ranked first for death rate amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
  • Lesotho ranked first for GDP > composition, by end use > government consumption amongst Christian countries in 2013.
  • Lesotho ranked first for labor force amongst Landlocked countries in 2013.
  • Lesotho ranked second for primary education, duration > years amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012.
  • Lesotho ranked #5 for death rate, crude > per 1,000 people globally in 2011.
  • Lesotho has had the highest tax > tax rates since 2003.
  • Lesotho has had the highest violent crime > intentional homicide rate since 1974.
  • Lesotho has ranked last for energy use > kg of oil equivalent per capita since 2004.
  • Lesotho has had the highest women to men parity index > as ratio of literacy rates > aged 15-24 since 1980.

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