Lesotho
Kingdom of Lesotho

Capital
Maseru

Area
11,720 sq mi
30,355 sq km


Population
1,861,959 est 2003

Largest city
Maseru
pop. 173,700


Languages
Sesotho (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa)

Peoples
Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%,

Religion
Christian 80%, Indigenous beliefs, Islam and Bahai

Life Expectancy
total population: 36.81 years
male: 36.81 years
female: 36.81 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 84.8%
male: 74.5%
female: 94.5% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy


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