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General information
Common nameLesotho
Local nameMuso oa Lesotho
NameMuso oa Lesotho
Motto"Khotso, Pula, Nala" (Sesotho)
"Peace, Rain, Prosperity"
AnthemLesotho Fatse La Bontata Rona
Lesotho, land of our Fathers
Largest cityMaseru
Official languagesSesotho, English
DemonymMosotho (singular), Basotho (plural)
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
KingLetsie III
Prime MinisterPakalitha Mosisili
from the United KingdomOctober 4, 1966
Total Area12727 sq mi (32962.9 km2) (140th)
Water %negligible
Population Est.2,067,000 (146th)
Population census2031348 (2004)
Density (pop.)62.7/km2 (138th) (162.4/sq mi)
GDP PPP$3.303 billion (2010)
GDP (PPP) per capita$1,299
GDP (nominal)$2.127 billion (2010)
GDP (nominal) per capita$836
Other information
Gini63.2 (1995) (high)
HDI(+) 0.427 (2010) (low) (141st)
CurrencyLesotho loti/Loti (LSL)
Time zoneSAST (UTC+2)
Drives on theleft
Calling code+266

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Lesotho (c-enaudio=Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country and enclave, surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. It is just over 30000 km2 (30000000000 m2) in size with a population of approximately 2,067,000. Its capital and largest city is Maseru. Lesotho is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The name Lesotho translates roughly into the land of the people who speak Sesotho. About 40% of the population live below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 a day.

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