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Capital: Maseru

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Current King: King Letsie III


  • Relies heavily on remittances from Basotho employed in South Africa, customs duties from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and export revenue for the majority of government revenue.

Population: 2.2 million (UN 2014)

Land Size: 30,355 sq km (11,720 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Sotho: 99.7%
  • Europeans, Asians, and other: 0.3%

  • Christian: 80%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 20%


  • Sesotho (official) (southern Sotho)
  • English (official)
  • Zulu
  • Xhosa



  • Thu - Apr 19, 2018: Angola Ready to Fulfill Its Role in Lesotho - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [ANGOP] Maseru -Angola is ready to play its role in case of the extension of stay for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Preventive Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL).
  • Tue - Apr 17, 2018: Angolan Armed Forces' Chief of Staff Visits Troops in Lesotho - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [ANGOP] Maseru -The General Chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), general Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda, is since Sunday in Maseru, Lesotho paying an assessment visit to the country?s troops deployed in that Kingdom.
  • Mon - Apr 9, 2018: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu Pays Courtesy Call On Lesotho King Letsie III - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Govt of SA] Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Lindiwe Sisulu today, 06 April 2018 paid a Courtesy Call on the King of Lesotho, His Majesty King Letsie III to discuss among other things, the challenges at the Maseru Bridge, a border between South Africa and Lesotho.
  • Fri - Apr 6, 2018: Dozen People Killed in Lesotho Flooding - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [CAJ News] Maseru -AT least 12 people have been killed and several children injured following heavy rains and floods in Lesotho. More than 1 400 people, or 315 households, have been left homeless. Public infrastructure worth 4 million Maloti (R4, million) and R1,5 million worth of crops have been damaged.
  • Wed - Apr 4, 2018: Zambia Emerge Champions in 2018 Inter-Revenue Games - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Malawi News Agency] Mangochi -Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) lived up to their word in the 2018 Inter-Revenue Games played over the Easter weekend in Mangochi-Malawi where they emerged winners after beating four teams from Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Botswana.