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Population numbers: 2.07 million
How many square miles: 11,720 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness)
  • Lesotho is the southernmost landlocked country in the world. The country is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Maseru is the largest city and capital of Lesotho and Maseru District which borders South Africa.
  • The currency of the kingdom of Lesotho is Lesotho loti (ISO Code – LSL) though the South African rand is also accepted as legal tender within the kingdom.
  • The official language is English and Sesotho (or Sotho).
  • The largest religion in Lesotho is Christianity with 90% of the population following this religion. Roman Catholics and Protestants represent 45%.
  • Lesotho experiences continental temperate climates. The average temperatures in the warmest months are 50⁰F while it averages 26.6⁰F to 64⁰F in the cold months. Snow is common in the highlands between May and September.
  • The literacy rate of Lesotho is 82%. The national day is celebrated on October 4 when the country gained independence from the United Kingdom (1966.)
  • Over 80% of the country is 1,800 meters above sea level.
  • The major natural resources of Lesotho are water and diamonds. Lesotho exports mohair, wool, clothing and footwear. One of Levi’s jeans manufacturing facilities is located in this country.
  • Lesotho imports food, machinery, petroleum products, medicines and vehicles from United States of America and Canada. Agriculture includes wheat, pulses, corn, sorghum and livestock.
Capital City: Maseru is the capital and largest city of Lesotho. It is also the capital of the Maseru District. Located on the Caledon River, Maseru lies directly on the Lesotho-South Africa border.
Religion: Christianity is the dominant religion in Lesotho.[1] The Christian Council of Lesotho, made up of representatives of all major Christian churches in the country, estimates that approximately 90 percent of the population are Christian.[1] Lesotho Protestants represent 45% of the population (Evangelicals 26%, and Anglican and other Christian groups an additional 19 %.),[1] Roman Catholics represent 45 percent of the population, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’i, and members of traditional indigenous religions comprise the remaining 10 percent of the population.[1]
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