Lesotho

Info

Capital

Maseru

Population

1,962,461 (July 2018 est.)

Climate

Temperate

Currency

14.48 Maloti (LSL)=1 USD (2013 est.)

Important Cities

Maseru, Thaba Bosiu, Roma, Morija, Teyateyaneng, Matsieng (royal palace)

Area

30,355 sq. km

People

Nationality

Mosotho (singular), Basotho (plural)

Major Peoples

South Sotho

Religion

Protestant 47.8%, Roman Catholic 39.3%, other Christian 9.1%, non-Christian 1.4%, none 2.3% (2014 est.)

Literacy

79.4%

Principal Language

Sesotho

Official Language

Sesotho, English

Politics

Head Of State

Thomas Motsoahae Thabane (since 16 June 2017)

Type of Government

Parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Date of Independence

October 4, 1966

Major Exports

Clothing, footwear, wool, livestock, electricity, water, diamonds