Ready to learn a few interesting facts about Lesotho?
Whether you’re thinking of visiting Lesotho in the near future or just want to understand more about this country in southern Africa, this article is for you.
Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Lesotho facts:
1. Lesotho is one of only three enclaved countries in the world (along with San Marino and Vatican City). Located in southern Africa, it’s actually located in South Africa, as in fully surrounded by the country of South Africa!
2. The people and things of Lesotho have several demonyms. A demonym is a word used to describe something or someone from a particular place. In Lesotho, you can use Mosotho for the singular and Basotho for the plural. However, some people also use both Lesothan or Lesothonian as demonyms, as well.
3. Lesotho essentially means “the land of Sesotho-speaking people.” Sesotho, or just Sotho, is one of the two official languages of Lesotho, the other being English. It is also an official language in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.
4. Lesotho has the “highest lowest point” of any country. What that means is, with the lowest point in Lesotho being around 4,593 ft (1,400 m), it is higher than the lowest point in any other country on Earth. In fact, it gets its nickname as “the Kingdom of the Sky” due to being the only country in the world which is entirely above 1,000m (3,281 ft)!
5. Lesotho’s capital and largest city is Maseru, located in the northwest corner of the country. With around 350,000 inhabitants, it makes up more than 15% of the country’s population of just over 2.1 million people (2020).
6. Lesotho’s economy is very dependent on South Africa’s economy. Because of being bordered on all sides by South Africa, the Basotho people use both Lesotho’s loti currency (which has a plural of maloti) and the South African rand currency.
Well, that’s all our Lesotho facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Lesotho we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!