Lesotho 1999

Yearbook 1999

Lesotho. Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Lesotho. The foreign soldiers, most South Africans, who defeated an army mutiny in Lesotho in September 1998 left the country in May. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili then announced that the situation in the country was once again stable. In some media, however, a dark future was drawn for the country, which after the devastation in 1998 became even more dependent on South Africa. An imminent renegotiation of the Customs Union with South Africa was feared to deprive the country of large incomes, and the cuts in the South African mining industry could leave thousands of Lesothians unemployed. In January, Ntsu Mokhehle, Prime Minister 1993–98 passed away. In 1997, he was one of the founders of the current ruling party, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy. He turned 80.

Map of Lesotho Maseru in English

Country data

Area: 30,355 km2 (world rank: 138)

Population: 2,233,000

Population density: 74 per km2 (as of 2017, world rank: 142)

Capital: Maseru

Official languages: Sesotho, English

Gross domestic product: 2.6 billion US $; Real growth: 5.6%

Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 1280 US$

Currency: 1 Loti (M) = 100 Lisente

Embassy

Kurfürstenstr. 84, 10787 Berlin
Telephone 030 2575720,
Fax 030 25757222
E-Mail: [email protected]

Government
Head of State: Letsie III. (David Mohato Letsie Bereng Seeiso), Head of Government: Thomas “Tom” Thabane, Outside: Lesego Makgothi

National holiday: October 4th.

Administrative structure
10 districts

State and form of government
Constitution of 1993
Parliamentary monarchy (in the Commonwealth)
Parliament: National Assembly with 120 members, election every 5 years; Senate (Senate) with 33 members (22 traditional leaders and 11 appointed by the king for 5 years)
Suffrage from 18 years.

Population of: Lesother, last census 2016 (preliminary): 2,007,201 population
99.7% Sotho (Basotho)

Cities (with population): (As of 2011) Maseru 178,345 inh., Teyateyaneng 61,578, Maputsoe 48,243, Mafeteng 30,602, Botha-Bothe 30,115, Mohale’s Hoek 25,308

Religions: 90% Christians; Muslims, indigenous religions (status: 2006)

Languages: Sesotho, English

Employed by economic sector: Agriculture. 10%, industry 41%, business 49% (2017)

Unemployment (in% of the labor force)
2017: 27.3%

Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 5.6%

Foreign trade: Import: 2.1 billion US $ (2017); Export: US $ 1.0 billion (2017)

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