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Lesotho

Lesotho
 Capital City  Maseru
 Largest City  Maseru
 Official languages  Sesotho
 English
 Population  2,108,328
 Demonym(s)  Mosotho (singular)
 Basotho (plural)
 Currency  Loti (LSL)
 Government  Monarch
 Letsie III
 Prime Minister
 Moeketsi Majoro
 Independence  From United Kingdom
 4 October 1966


Kingdom of Lesotho (Sotho: Naha ea Lesotho), is an enclaved country surrounded entirely by South Africa. 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.

Lesotho was previously the British Crown Colony of Basutoland, but it declared independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966. It is now a fully sovereign state and is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Union, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The name Lesotho roughly translates to "land of the Sotho".