Facts and stats about Lesotho

1.94 million

Population. Ranked 148th in 2013.


GDP per capita. Ranked 141st in 2012.


South Africa 909 km
Largest city Maseru - 170,000,
Capital city Maseru - 170,000,
Major language Sesotho, English
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit loti ; South African rand
Head of state King Letsie III
Prime minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane
Alternative names Kingdom of Lesotho, Lesotho
Groups Christian countries, Former British colonies, Landlocked countries, Sub-Saharan Africa, World

Interesting observations about Lesotho

  • Lesotho ranked first for death rate amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
  • Lesotho ranked first for GDP > composition, by end use > government consumption amongst Christian countries in 2013.
  • Lesotho ranked first for labor force amongst Landlocked countries in 2013.
  • Lesotho ranked second for primary education, duration > years amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012.
  • Lesotho ranked #5 for death rate, crude > per 1,000 people globally in 2011.
  • Lesotho has had the highest tax > tax rates since 2003.
  • Lesotho has had the highest violent crime > intentional homicide rate since 1974.
  • Lesotho has ranked last for energy use > kg of oil equivalent per capita since 2004.
  • Lesotho has had the highest women to men parity index > as ratio of literacy rates > aged 15-24 since 1980.