Lesotho profile

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Young Lesothan shepards look out a window in a small village in Lesotho. Many of them were forced by poverty to leave school at a young ageImage source, AFP
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Landlocked Lesotho is among the world's poorest countries and has the third highest HIV-Aids rate
  • Full name: The Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Population: 2.2 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Maseru
  • Area: 30,355 sq km (11,720 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Sesotho, English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 50 years (men), 48 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 loti (L) = 100 lisente
  • Main exports: Water, diamonds, clothing, wool, mohair, food, livestock
  • GNI per capita: US $1,210 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .ls
  • International dialling code: +266