Here are some facts about Lesotho:
- Lesotho (formerly Basutoland) gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
- The country has a population of about 2 million people.
- Over 220,000 people live in the country’s capital, Maseru (which was founded in 1869)
- About 40% of the country’s population live below the poverty line (on less than $1.25 a day). It’s one of the poorest countries in the world.
- The country became a British protectorate in 1868 (after the Basotho war against the Boers of the Orange Free State).
- It’s the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,400 metres (4,593 feet). Over 80% of the country lies above 1,800 metres (5,906 feet).
- The Loti is the currency of the Kingdom of Lesotho.
- The country is governed by a parliamentary system and constitutional monarchy. King Letsie III is the current king and Pakalitha Mosisili is the prime minister of the country.
- The country is a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the United Nations (UN), the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth of Nations.
- Lesotho is the Southernmost landlocked country in the world.
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