Official name: Kingdom of Lesotho
Government: Parliamentary Constitutional monarchy
Area: 30, 355 sq. km
Official languages: English, Sesotho
Other languages: Zulu, Xhosa
Population: 2,074, 000 million (IMF est. 2013)
Religions: Christians (80%) ; Religious beliefs (20%)
Independence day: 4 October 1966 from Great Britain
Structure of Government:
Executive: The Prime Minister is the Head of Government. The monarch has no executive power.
Legislative: Bicameral Parliament consisting of a Senate of 120 seats, of which 80 members are directly elected by simple majority vote and a National Assembly. Members of both houses serve 5-year terms.
Judicial: The Court of Appeal and the High Court are the highest courts.
Foreign policy: Lesotho is a member of UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDOI, UNWTO, UPU,WCO, WHO, WMO, WIPOI, WTO, ILO, IMFI, Interpol, etc
GDP: 2,461 billion USD
Main economic resources: Tourism, oil refining, aluminium, steel, tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugar cane, etc
Major Trading Partners: USA, Belgium, South Africa, China, Taiwan.
Mixed legal system of English common law and Roman-Dutch law.
International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection
National Partners of African Law Library