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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: 1,969,334 (2020)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

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

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


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



  • Wed - Jul 28, 2021: Lesotho Joins Senegal, Zambia in Dropping 'Unfair' Tax Treaty After Mauritius Leaks - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] Officials in Lesotho had joined a chorus of African authorities complaining that agreements with tax haven Mauritius were bleeding their governments of much-needed tax revenue. 
  • Tue - Jul 27, 2021: A Young Woman of Strength - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [E.G. Pediatric Aids Foundation] 'Mantsoboi Motlokoa was puzzled to Test HIV positive at the age of 16 because she had not indulged in sex before. While she was still coming to terms with her status, something prompted her to review her late mother's bukana (health record book). She realized that the same information that appeared in her own bukana also appeared in her mother's book. This was information related to antiretroviral treatment.
  • Fri - Jul 23, 2021: Dreams Empowers Girls - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [E.G. Pediatric Aids Foundation] My Name Is Malehlohonolo Phakisi. I Am a 22-Year-old woman living with HIV in Maseru, Lesotho. When my HIV status was disclosed to my classmates, I was stigmatized and discriminated against. This made me lonely.
  • Wed - Jul 21, 2021: The Spirit, Life and Art of Tsepo Tshola, Pastor of South African Pop - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [The Conversation Africa] I grieve to start this way. No sooner had I struggled to find some means to say my goodbyes to Mabi Thobejane and Steve Kekana, than South African music lost singer and composer Tsepo Tshola.
  • Wed - Jul 21, 2021: Remembering Tsepo Tshola, Lesotho's Musical Giant - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [New Frame] The artist dubbed The Village Pope for the way he preached against racism and the evils of addiction has died after half a century of making music.