Country's codes

International phone code for Lesotho: +266

Standard ISO 3166-1:

    3 letters: LSO

    2 letters (internet domain): .Ls

    Digital country code 426

Standard EAN-13 (country barcode): -

Olympic country code: LES

FIFA code: LES

Useful country information

Total area:  11,718 sq mi (30,350 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 1,942,008 (growth rate: 0.34%); birth rate: 25.92/1000; infant mortality rate: 50.48/1000; life expectancy: 52.65

Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Maseru 239,000

Monetary unit: Maluti

Current government officials

Languages: English, Sesotho (both official); Zulu, Xhosa

Ethnicity/race: Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%

Religions: Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

National Holiday: Independence Day, October 4

Literacy rate: 89.6% (2010 est.)


Lesotho is a democratic, sovereign and independent country with the unique characteristic of being totally surrounded by its neighbour, the Republic of South Africa.

The country formerly known as Basutoland was renamed to the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. In 1993 after 23 years of military rule, a new constitution was implemented leaving the King without any executive authority and proscribing him from engaging in political affairs.

In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody South African military intervention. Constitutional reforms have since restored political stability; peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002. However Lesotho is one of three remaining monarchies in Africa.

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