Lesotho

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INFORMATION

Capital: Maseru

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Current King: King Letsie III

Economy:

  • 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: 1,958,042 (2017)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

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

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

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Jun 22, 2018: SA Gospel Songstress Dates Maseru - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] Mohalenyane Phakela/Nthatuoa Koeshe
  • Fri - Jun 22, 2018: Re-Examine Sino-Lesotho Economic Ties - Analysts - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] LESOTHO needs to re-examine its relations with China in view of persistent reports concerning Chinese companies who have virtually taken over every facet of the economy, grabbing lucrative tenders for major infrastructural projects thus prejudicing local companies, analysts have said.
  • Fri - Jun 22, 2018: Fresh Fraud Claims At MKM - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] THE Master of the High Court and the provisional liquidators of MKM have been accused of making fraudulent payments to "illicit" service providers at the expense of the long fallen company's creditors.
  • Fri - Jun 22, 2018: Sports Fraternity Mourns Tennis Legend - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] THE sports fraternity is mourning the passing of legendary tennis administrator Mphalane Clement Notsi.
  • Fri - Jun 22, 2018: EU, Govt in Talks Over Foreign Judges - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] THE government and the European Union (EU) are in talks over possible EU assistance to enable Lesotho to engage foreign judges by September this year, the Lesotho Times has established.