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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



  • Tue - Jan 23, 2018: Econet Awards Up for Grabs - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] THE Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) and its sponsors, Econet Telecom Lesotho, will tomorrow reward outstanding players and coaches for the months of October and November 2017 at a ceremony to be held at Bambatha Tsita Sports Arena in Maseru.
  • Tue - Jan 23, 2018: Phatšoane Dreams of Officiating At the World Cup - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] SOCCER referee, Souru Phatsoane, who is among 39 match officials at the ongoing 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco says he is on track to becoming the first Mosotho to officiate at the African Nations Cup (AFCON) and World Cup.
  • Fri - Jan 19, 2018: Free Your Minds, Basotho Urged - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] THE public have been urged to embrace their African culture and identity in order to liberate themselves from the mental bondage that was brought on western colonisation.
  • Fri - Jan 19, 2018: War of Words Over Local Soapie - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] THE former cast of Our Times comprising of 32 actors have pleaded with Communications minister, Joang Molapo, to bar the airing of local soap opera on national television until their 'payment dispute' with the show's producer, Motheea Mpharoane, are resolved.
  • Mon - Jan 15, 2018: Giant Diamond Found in Lesotho - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Deutsche Welle] One of the world's largest diamonds has been found in the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small country surrounded by South Africa. The diamond was found by UK mining company Gem Diamonds and could be worth up to $40 million.