Lesotho

Languages:

Sotho English 

Time zone:

SAST (UTC+2) 

Electricity:

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. The three-prong, round pin South African plug is used. 

Area:

30,355 sq km 

Population:

2,067,000 ( 2009 estimate) 

Currency:

Lesotho loti (LSL) 

Religion:

Christian (80%), Indigenous beliefs (20%) 

Government:

Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy 

Phone code:

+266 

Lesotho's flag Flag of Lesotho
Lesotho is a small country surrounded by South Africa.
The country of Lesotho is often called Switzerland of Africa, due to its highland interior and the fact that it is landlocked. The lowest point in Lesotho is close to a 1000 meters above sea level.
Lesotho was known also as Basutoland in its period as a British protectorate, which was necessary for the country to defend itself from Boers attacks in 1867. In 1910 the protectorate refused to join South Africa, while in 1966 in was independent again. Independence, however, brought mainly poverty and political unrest on the country up until the 21st century.
Lesotho is often visited for its mountains, the Sehlabathebe national park and its preserved rural areas, which are still mainly accessible only by foot or on a horse back. It is one of the main tourist destinations for South Africans trying to break the usual tourist routine.

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