Lesotho

Info

Capital

Maseru

Population

1,942,008 (July 2014 est.)

Climate

Temperate

Currency

1 USD = 9.575 Maloti (LSL), (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

Christianity 80%, African religion 20%

Literacy

89.6 %

Principal Language

Sesotho

Official Language

Sesotho, English

Politics

Head Of State

King Letsie III (since February 7, 1996)

Type of Government

Parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Date of Independence

October 4, 1966

Major Exports

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