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About Lesotho in detail
Where is Lesotho?
Lesotho, in case if you are looking on the map under the Coordinates 29 19 S 27 29 E otherwise in Africa, in Southern Africa, an enclave of South Africa.
What is the capital of Lesotho?
The capital city of Lesotho is: Maseru.
What is the time in Maseru?
It is 7 hours ahead of Washington DC during Standard Time, the timezone of Maseru is: UTC+2.
What is the Internet code for Lesotho?
The Top Level Domain (TLD) for Lesotho is: .ls
What is the size of Lesotho?
The territory of Lesotho is total: 30,355 sq km; land: 30,355 sq km, water: 0 sq km.
If we want to describe the size of the territory of Lesotho is slightly smaller than Maryland.
If we would like to walk around and discover Lesotho, we can do that by covering the distance of total: 1,106 km.
What is the water coverage of Lesotho?
We have mentioned already on this website, that what percentage of Lesotho is covered by water (see below), and this includes 0 km (landlocked country) coastline.
What is the climate like in Lesotho?
The climate of Lesotho is temperate: cool to cold, dry winters: hot, wet summers.
Geographical data of Lesotho
The elevation of Lesotho; mean elevation: 2,161 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: junction of the Orange and Makhaleng Rivers 1,400 m, highest point: Thabana Ntlenyana 3,482 m.
The typical geographical details of Lesotho include mostly highland with plateaus, hills, and mountains.
If we would like to describe the countries location from a different point of view, it is safe to say, and easy to read from a map, Lesotho is landlocked, completely surrounded by South Africa; mountainous, more than 80% of the country is 1,800 m above sea level.
Resources and land use of Lesotho
The country’s main mined products are water, agricultural and grazing land, diamonds, sand, clay, building stone. The population partly uses the earlier highlighted land territory and partly left in its natural state: agricultural land: 76.1%; arable land 10.1%; permanent crops 0.1%; permanent pasture 65.9%; forest: 1.5%; other: 22.4% (2011 estimate).
Population data of Lesotho
The number of inhabitants of Lesotho is 1,953,070 (July 2016 estimate).
If we examine the proportion of population distribution, it is safe to say that N/A.
If we are looking at the proportion of the urbanized and barely populated areas, these are the figures: urban population: 27.3% of total population (2015).
Most of the population in Lesotho is concentrated in MASERU (capital) 267,000 (2014).
Ethnicity in Lesotho
According to ethnicity details, the ethnic groups in this country are the following: Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%.
Spoken languages in Lesotho
The spoken languages in Lesotho are the following: Sesotho (official language) (southern Sotho), English (official language), Zulu, Xhosa.
What are the most important religions in Lesotho?
During the general census, researchers examine the churches, according to this: Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%.
Further population data of Lesotho
The proportion of gender and age tells a lot about the society as follows 0-14 years: 32.4% (male 317,933 / female 314,849) 15-24 years: 19.56% (male 181,907 / female 200,113) 25-54 years: 37.58% (male 358,643 / female 375,313) 55-64 years: 5% (male 52,016 / female 45,549) 65 years and over: 5.47% (male 54,466 / female 52,281) (2016 estimate). It also a significant factor in a society the population growth rate, which in the case of Lesotho is 0.3% (2016 estimate).
The population growth rate is based on two elements, the birth, and the death rate. In Lesotho the birth rate is 25.1 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate), the death rate 14.9 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).
In this day and age in the developed societies, the first child borns later compared to the previous centuries and decades, so the childbearing is extended. In Lesotho the average age of mothers at the first childbirth is .
In the best case scenario despite the fact that the birth of the children is postponed, the parents are still able to see their kids grow as the life expectancy is also extended. In the case of Lesotho, these figures are . With the introduction of modern medicine, the vaccinations and the proper hygienic conditions, the infant mortality rate is in a steep decline. The infant mortality statistics in Lesotho are the following: . Relevant data is the budget of healthcare, which is in the case of this country is 10.6% of GDP (2014).
Economic data of Lesotho
If we would like to describe a country, we also have to mention its economy; Small, mountainous, and completely landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho depends on a narrow economic base of textile manufacturing, agriculture, remittances, and regional customs revenue. About three-fourths of the people live in rural areas and engage inLesotho relies on South Africa for much of its economic activity; Lesotho imports 90% of the goods it consumes from South Africa, including most agricultural inputs. Households depend heavily on remittances from family members working in South Africa, inThe government maintains a large presence in the economy - government consumption accounted for 27% of GDP in 2016 and the government remains Lesotho's largest employer. Access to credit remains a problem for the private sector. Lesotho's largest private.
GDP is an important figure as all the relevant calculations and statistics are based on it. GDP in Lesotho is $1.806 billion (2015 estimate).
An another important indicator is the rate of the GDP growth, which in Lesotho is 2.4% (2016 estimate) 2.8% (2015 estimate) 3.4% (2014 estimate).
These statistics are affecting the world economy, remember in 2015 when the Chinese real GDP growth rate was worse than expected; The world markets fall, and the Chinese stock exchange was temporally suspended.
A further major factor of a country’s economy, the GDP per capita. In Lesotho this is $3,100 (2016 estimate) $3,000 (2015 estimate) $3,000 (2014 estimate).
In the case of the economy, the Trinity is in common places, such as agriculture, industry, and services.
What are the agricultural products Lesotho produces?
The main agricultural products of Lesotho are corn, wheat, pulses, sorghum, barley; livestock.
Regarding the economy, the important segments are food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction, tourism. The crucial and regularly mentioned GDP is based on food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction, tourism.
Drinking water source in Lesotho
It is important to mention, that - thanks to the development of the infrastructure -, the rate of potable water improved: urban: 94.6% of population, rural: 77% of population, total: 81.8% of population. Unimproved: urban: 5.4% of population, rural: 23% of population, total: 18.2% of population (2015 estimate).
Average number of childbirth in Lesotho
In Lesotho the average number of childbirth is 2.68 children born / woman (2016 estimate).
Population, median age, migration, and citizenship in Lesotho
The average age of the population is total: 24 years; male: 24 years, female: 24 years (2016 estimate). The age of adulthood varies in every country of the world in Lesotho it is 18 years of age, universal.
In this age when we are experiencing an unprecedented scale of migration and globalization, it is an important factor the number of new coming immigrants. In Lesotho is -7.1 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate). It is important to know, how to apply for citizenship: citizenship by birth: yes. Citizenship by descent: yes. Dual citizenship recognized: no. Residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years.
Is Lesotho a safe destination? Healthcare services and contagious diseases in Lesotho
Many of the travelers are looking into the healthcare services and contagious diseases of their destinations. In Lesotho density of the hospital beds is 1.3 beds / 1,000 population (2006).
According to WHO rating regarding contagious diseases in Lesotho the N/A.
However, the HIV is not curable but maintainable. Let’s do not forget when the disease surfaced it was a world threatening condition. Unfortunately, in some countries, it is still very high the number of infected patients and fatalities as a result of the disease.
In Lesotho the number of HIV/AIDS deaths: .
Regarding tourism the obesity, not an important issue, but we have to mention among the health statistics, as it is the plague of the 20th and the 21st century. The rate obese adults in Lesotho is 11.9% (2014).
What are the natural hazards Lesotho? Is there any?
The most known natural risks in Lesotho are periodic droughts.
More interesting facts about Lesotho
A few words about the past, as every country and society its connected to its history; Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month. MOSISILI returned to power in snap elections in February 2015 after the collapse of THABANE’s coalition government and an alleged attempted military coup..
In every nation's memory, there are cornerstones that placed the country on the timeline of history. The date of declaration of independence of Lesotho: 4 October 1966 (from the UK).
The flag and other symbols of Lesotho
The colors, symbols, and animals on the flag usually have a historical background or related to an important milestone or memory of the nation.
This case is not an exception either, three horizontal stripes of blue (top), white, and green in the proportions of 3:4:3; the colors represent rain, peace, and prosperity respectively; centered in the white stripe is a black Basotho hat representing the indigenous people; the flag was unfurled in October 2006 to celebrate 40 years of independence.
Apart from the flag, the symbol of the national unity is the national anthem. The main purpose of the anthem is to share the nation's core values, endeavors, and the patriotic feelings.
National symbols of Lesotho: mokorotio (Basotho hat); national colors: blue, white, green, black.
Constitution of Lesotho
The existence of the nation based on the constitution. Some constitutions knew around the world, like the U.S. Constitution that accepted on 17th of September 1787, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of United States of America.
It is not related to the declaration of independence that was stolen by Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure 🙂
What is the legal system of Lesotho?
Most of the times the legal system of a country is in the focus of lawyers. It is a common fact that there are two main approaches in the world, “the law in books” and “the law in action.”
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the practice is the “law in action” while in the rest of the world where the law based on Roman law, the “law in books.”
The legal system of Lesotho is mixed legal system of English common law and Roman-Dutch law; judicial review of legislative acts in High Court and Court of Appeal.
It was Aristotle, who founded the theory of 3 separations of powers. In his view, these are the council of public affairs, the magistrates, and the justice system. In the age of enlightenment was the time when terminologies have been defined, the way we still use them. In most of the democratic countries, the three authorities are separated from each other. In dictatorships, the authorities are usually interwoven in one hand.
About the legislative branch of Lesotho, we can highlight the following structures bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (33 seats; 22 principal chiefs and 11 other senators nominated by the king with the advice of the Council of State, a 13-member body of key government and non-government officials; members serve 5-year terms) and the National Assembly (120 seats; 80 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote and 40 directly elected in single-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote; members serve 5-year terms)elections: last held on 28 February 2015 (next to be held in 2020)election results: National Assembly - percent of vote by party - DC 38.4%, ABC 37.8%, LCD, 9.9%, BNP 5.5%, PFD 1.7%, RCL 1.2%, NIP 1.0%, MFP 0.6%, BCP 0.5%, LPC 0.3%, other 3.1%; seats by party - DC 47, ABC 46, LCD 12, BNP 7, PFD 2, RCL 2, NIP 1, MFP 1, BCP 1, LPC 1.
About the unemployment rate, labor force, and poverty line in Lesotho
One of the major problems of the 21st-century economy is the unemployment. Governments are struggling to maintain a low level of the unemployment rate, but as a result of automation, the cheap 3rd world labor and the outsourcing of workflow, these attempts are failing. In Lesotho the labor force is 919,900 (2016 estimate). Please bear in mind that the population in Lesotho is total: 47.6 deaths / 1,000 live births; male: 51.2 deaths / 1,000 live births, female: 43.8 deaths / 1,000 live births (2016 estimate) - as we already mentioned above.
The rate of unemployment in Lesotho is 28.1% (2014 estimate).
It is widely known that the gap between the rich and poor is widening on an enormous scale.
According to the 2017 shocking Oxfam report, the richest eight people’s fortune is equal to the fortune of the poorest half of the world's population.
In Lesotho, the income of the households and consumption compared to the entire population: lowest 10%: 1% highhest 10%: 39.4% (2003).
Another widely used indicator is the so-called GINI index, which measures the inequalities of statistical dispersion, but mainly used for measuring the sharing of income and fortune.
The GINI index is named after its founder Corrado Gini an Italian economist. Gini index has grades between 0-1, but often it is used on a percentage basis. It is 0 if the examined criteria territorial distribution is equal. It is one if the criteria is concentrated on the territory. In Lesotho the GINI index is .63,2 (1995).
The states usually set up a poverty line, which is more or less is a subjective measure. It varies by country its base is often the minimum pension, the incomes of the poorest 20 percent, the X percent of income per capita Etc.
In Lesotho the people living under the poverty line is lowest 10%: 1% highhest 10%: 39.4% (2003).
About the budget and central governments debt of Lesotho
Available budget mainly defines the state's economy. The budget of Lesotho is; revenues: $835.9 million, expenditures: $978.3 million (2016 estimate). Taxes and other revenues are 46.3% of GDP (2016 estimate).
The budget deficit (Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)) is .
The fiscal year in Lesotho is 1 April - 31 March.
In country’s economy, we have to consider the public debt. Public debt is the consolidated sum of the state local, federal and central governments debt.
Inflation rate and prime lending rate in Lesotho
A few further interesting and important economic data are the fallowing; Inflation rate: 8.3% (2016 estimate), 3.2% (2015 estimate) and the rate of the Commercial bank prime lending rate: 12.3% (31 December 2016 estimate).
Export/import partners and data of Lesotho
Lesotho, with the export of products, industrial tools, and other services, generates revenue. The export value in Lesotho is: $851.6 million (2016 estimate), $844.1 million (2015 estimate). The total revenue of these activities: manufactures (clothing, footwear), wool and mohair, food and live animals, electricity, water, diamonds.
The most important export partners of Lesotho are the N/A.
The most important imported products are: food; building materials, vehicles, machinery, medicines, petroleum products, and the countries from where the import is coming: N/A.
Renewable energies used in Lesotho
As an attempt to suppress the pollution of the environment, renewable energies has to replace the fossil energy. The more the proportion of renewable energies in a country means more effort against the pollution. Lesotho, the indicator of how much of country’s produced energy is coming from hydroelectric source is 100% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
To indicate how much another renewable energy is produced is the 0% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
Telecommunication data of Lesotho, calling code
To maintain the economy, the development of a reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is crucial. We can say the following about Lesotho; rudimentary system consisting of a modest number of landlines, a small microwave radio relay system, and a small radiotelephone communication system; mobile-cellular telephone system is expandingdomestic: privatized in 2001, Telecom Lesotho was tasked with providing an additional 50,000 fixed-line connections within five years, a target not met; mobile-cellular service dominates the market and is expanding with a subscribership now over 110 per 100 personsinternational: country code - 266; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2015).
Transport infrastructure in Lesotho
In the 21st century, we often say that the world has become small and there are no distances anymore. With widespread air travel when (sometimes) there are no visa restrictions, it is easy to reach other countries, but in case the distance is not too long, we can also use railway or water transportation.
The number of airports in Lesotho: 24 (2013), and the number of heliports: N/A.
The total length of the roadways in Lesotho: total: 5,940 km, paved: 1,069 km, unpaved: 4,871 km (2011).
The total length of the waterways in Lesotho: N/A.
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Facts about Lesotho
Name of the country: conventional long form: Kingdom of Lesotho, conventional short form: Lesotho, local long form: Kingdom of Lesotho, local short form: Lesotho, former: Basutoland, etymology: the name translates as "Land of the Sesotho speakers".
|Abbrevation: Lesotho||Geographic coordinates:
29 30 S, 28 30 E
|Capital of Lesotho: Maseru||GPS of the Capital:
29 19 S 27 29 E
|Position: Southern Africa, an enclave of South Africa|
|Land area: total: 30,355 sq km; land: 30,355 sq km, water: 0 sq km||Terrain: mostly highland with plateaus, hills, and mountains
||Area comparative: slightly smaller than Maryland|
|Population: 1,953,070 (July 2016 estimate)||Population grow rate: 0.3% (2016 estimate)||Sex ratio: at birth: 1.03 male(s) / female, 0-14 years: 1.01 male(s) / female, 15-24 years: 0.91 male(s) / female, 25-54 years: 0.96 male(s) / female, 55-64 years: 1.14 male(s) / female, 65 years and over: 1.03 male(s) / female, total population: 0.98 male(s) / female, (2016 estimate)|
|Exports: $851.6 million (2016 estimate), $844.1 million (2015 estimate)||Imports: $1.688 billion (2016 estimate), $1.737 billion (2015 estimate)||Import partners: N/A|
|Urbanization: urban population: 27.3% of total population (2015)||Major urban area(s): MASERU (capital) 267,000 (2014)||Median age: total: 24 years; male: 24 years, female: 24 years (2016 estimate)
|Internet users: total: 313,000. Percent of population: 16.1% (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (fixed lines): total subscriptions: 45,364. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 2 (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (mobile, cellular): total: 2.237 million. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 115 (July 2015 estimate)|
|Unemployment rate: 28.1% (2014 estimate)||Nationality: Mosotho (singular), Basotho (plural) adjective: Basotho||National holidays: Independence Day, 4 October (1966)|
|Life expectancy at birth: total population: 53 years. Male: 52.9 years, female: 53.1 years (2016 estimate)||Total fertility rate: 2.68 children born / woman (2016 estimate)||Birthrate: 25.1 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate)|
|Literacy: age 15 and over can read and write. Total population: 79.4%; male: 70.1%, female: 88.3% (2015 estimate)||Legal system: mixed legal system of English common law and Roman-Dutch law; judicial review of legislative acts in High Court and Court of Appeal||Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal|
|Industries: food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction, tourism||Industrial production growth rate: 0.7% (2016 estimate)||GDP real growth rate: 2.4% (2016 estimate) 2.8% (2015 estimate) 3.4% (2014 estimate)|
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