Country information

  • Landlocked/Coastal: Landlocked
  • Country area: 30,355 km²
  • Pop: 1,925,000
  • Religions: Christianity, various other
  • GDP/ World Rank Dollars: $1.58 billion
  • HDI/ World Rank Index: 0.427 (141)
  • Main Languages: English, Phuthi, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans
  • Largest three cities: Maseru, Teyateyaneng, Mafeteng
  • Capital: Maseru
  • Type of government: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Economic Structure: Exports: $603.8 million (2005 est) - manufactures, wool and mohair, food and live animals. Imports: $1.166 billion (2005 est) - food, building materials, machinery, medicines, petroleum products
  • Name of president, PM, Ruler: King Letsie III, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili
  • Date of next election: N/A
  • HIV/AIDS prevalence: 23.6% (2009 est)
  • Literacy rates: 84.60%
  • Corruption perceptions index 2010: 3.5
  • 2011 Doing Business Rank: 138
  • Life expectancy: 51.63
  • Percentage below poverty line: 49% (1999 est)

This page will be updated as the project progresses and we learn more about the social and environmental enterprise sectors in Lesotho

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