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Kingdom of Lesotho
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Flag of Lesotho Coat of arms of Lesotho
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "Khotso, Pula, Nala"{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} (Sotho)
"Peace, Rain, Prosperity"
Anthem: Lesotho Fatše La Bontata Rona
Lesotho, land of our Fathers
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– in the African Union{{#invoke:String|rep| |2}}(light blue)

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Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
 -  King Letsie III
 -  Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili
Legislature Parliament
 -  Upper house Senate
 -  Lower house National Assembly
 -  from the United Kingdom 4 October 1966 
 -  Total 30,355 km2 (140th)
11,720 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 0.0032%
 -  2009 estimate 2,067,000<ref name="unpop"/> (144th)
 -  2004 census 2,031,348
 -  Density 68.1/km2 (138th)
162.4/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2013 estimate
 -  Total $4.277 billion<ref name=imf2>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation


 -  Per capita $2,244<ref name=imf2/>
GDP (nominal) 2013 estimate
 -  Total $2.616 billion<ref name=imf2/>
 -  Per capita $1,372<ref name=imf2/>
Gini (2003)52.5<ref name=gini-index>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation


HDI (2013)11px 0.486<ref name="HDI">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation


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Currency Lesotho loti (LSL)
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Drives on the left
Calling code +266
ISO 3166 code LS
Internet TLD .ls
Estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected.

Lesotho ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; li-SOO-too), officially the Kingdom of Lesotho (Sotho: 'Muso oa Lesotho{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}), is an enclaved, landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa. It is just over {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in size and has a population slightly over two million.<ref name=unpop>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> 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.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> About 40% of the population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 a day.<ref>Human Development Indices, Table 3: Human and income poverty, p. 35. Retrieved 1 June 2009</ref>

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