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Full nameMaseru
Official nameMaseru
Total Area53.3 sq mi (138 km2)
Elevation5249.3 ft (1600 m)
Total Population227880 (2006)
Density (pop.)1651.3/km2 (4276.9/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneSouth Africa Standard Time (UTC+2)

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Maseru is the capital of Lesotho. It is also the capital of the Maseru District. Located on the Caledon River, bordering South Africa, Maseru is Lesotho's only sizable city, with a population of approximately 227,880 (2006). The city was established as a police camp and assigned as the capital after the country became a British protectorate in 1869. When the country achieved independence in 1966, Maseru retained its status as capital. The name of the city is a Sesotho word meaning "place of the red sandstone".

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