|Kingdom of Lesotho|
Area 30,355 sq.km. A mountainous country completely surrounded by South Africa.
Population (2000) 2,152,553 +2.24%AGR
Capital Maseru 120,000.
Bantu 99.7%; Other 0.3%.
Literacy 71%. Official languages Sotho, English. All languages 4. Languages with Scriptures 3Bi.
The mountainous topography, poor communications and lack of agricultural land, together with over-population have kept the country poor and hastened soil erosion. HDI 0.582; 127th/174. Public debt 46% of GNP. Income/person $860 (2% of USA).
A British protectorate in 1865.
Freedom of religion.
48 in 9 agencies
117 in 32 agencies from 13 countries
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