Where is Lesotho?

Located in Southern Africa, Lesotho has a 1,106.00 km border with South Africa. South Africa has placed military units to assist police operations along the border of Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.

Lesotho is an African country covering 30,355.00 km2. This makes it the 58th smallest country in the world and slightly smaller than Maryland. Its geographic coordinates are 29 30 S, 28 30 E and Maseru is the capital city.

The name Lesotho translates to "Land of the Sesotho Speakers".

Its ISO code is LS.


Lesotho has a mean elevation of 2,161 m above sea level.

It has a temperate climate with cold, dry winters and hot, wet summers. Its terrain mostly consists of highlands with plateaus, hills, and mountains.


Lesotho has a population of 1,953,070 making it the 149th largest in the world.

Sesotho and English are both official languages; Zulu and Xhosa are both spoken as well. The majority ethnic group is Sotho. The majority of the populaton is Christian, with indigenous beliefs representing a significant minority.

The dialing code for the country is 266.


Lesotho is an independent country. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. Its constitution was last ratified in 1993.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Lesotho's GDP is $6,019,000,000.00 (USD) with $3,100.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 167th largest economy and its citizens the 183rd richest in the world. The currency of Lesotho is the Loti (LSL).

Its major imports include food, building materials, vehicles, machinery, medicines, and petroleum products.

This page was last modified on January 17th, 2018