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Protection & Enforcement of IPRs in Lesotho

Kingdom of Lesotho
Naha ea Lesotho (Sesotho)
Motto: "Khotso, Pula, Nala" (Sotho)
"Peace, Rain, Prosperity"
Anthem: Lesōthō Fatše La Bo-Ntat'a Rōna
(English: "Lesotho, land of our Fathers")

Lesotho (orthographic projection).svg
Location Lesotho AU Africa.svg
Capital
and largest city
Maseru
29°28′S 27°56′E / 29.467°S 27.933°E / -29.467; 27.933
Official languages
Ethnic groups
Religion
(2015)[1]
Demonym(s)
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Letsie III
Moeketsi Majoro
LegislatureParliament
Senate
National Assembly
Independence from United Kingdom
• Granted
4 October 1966
Area
• Total
30,355 km2 (11,720 sq mi) (137th)
• Water (%)
0.0032%
Population
• 2018 estimate
2,108,328[2][3] (144th)
• 2004 census
2,142,249
• Density
68.1/km2 (176.4/sq mi) (138th)
GDP (PPP)2017 estimate
• Total
$7.448 billion[4]
• Per capita
$3,868[4]
GDP (nominal)2017 estimate
• Total
$2.721 billion[4]
• Per capita
$1,413[4]
Gini (2017)Positive decrease 44.9[5]
medium
HDI (2019)Increase 0.527[6]
low · 165th
CurrencyLoti (LSL)
South African rand (ZAR)
Time zoneUTC+2 (South African Standard Time)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideleft
Calling code+266
ISO 3166 codeLS
Internet TLD.ls

Lesotho

Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved country surrounded entirely by South Africa. It is by far the largest of the world's three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country, with Vatican City and San Marino being the other two. Additionally, it is the only such state outside the Italian peninsula, and the only one that is not a microstate. Lesotho is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) and has a population of about 2 million. Its capital and largest city is Maseru. The official languages are Sesotho and English.