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Where is Lesotho?

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Located in the continent of Africa, Lesotho covers 30,355 square kilometers of land, making it the 143rd largest nation in terms of land area.

Lesotho became an independent state in 1966, after gaining its sovereignty from The United Kingdom. The population of Lesotho is 1,930,493 (2012) and the nation has a density of 64 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Lesotho is the Loti (LSL). As well, the people of Lesotho are refered to as Basotho.

The dialing code for the country is 266 and the top level internet domain for Basotho sites is .ls.

Lesotho shares land borders with only one country, South Africa.

To learn more, visit our detailed Lesotho section.

Quick facts

Population 1,930,493
Density 63.6 / km2 ( 164.7 / mi2 )
Languages English, Southern Sotho
Independence Year 1966
Capital Maseru (Maseru)
Currency Loti
GDP 2,088,021,624 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 1,082 (2014 data)
Land Area 30,355 km2 (11,720 mi2)
Neighbouring Country South Africa
Minimum Longitude 27.030
Maximum Longitude 29.460
Mininum Latitude -30.670
Maximum Latitude -28.570

What is the capital of Lesotho?

map showing the location of Lesotho
Location of Maseru on a map.

Maseru is the capital city of Lesotho. It has a population of 118,355, and is located on a latitue of -29.32 and longitude of 27.48.

Maseru is also the political center of Lesotho, which is considered a Constitutional Monarchy, and home to its Ceremonial head of state.

Quick Facts About Maseru, the Capital Of Lesotho

City Maseru
Country Lesotho
Population 118,355
Longitude 27.48333000
Latitude -29.31667000
Elevation 1552 meters over sea level

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.