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Lesotho flag information

Description flag of Lesotho

three horizontal stripes of blue (top), white and green in the proportions of 3:4:3; the colors represent rain, peace, and prosperity respectively; centered in the white stripe is a black Basotho hat representing the indigenous people; the flag was unfurled in October 2006 to celebrate 40 years of independence

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Official country name

Kingdom of Lesotho

Short name


Local names

Kingdom of Lesotho (long)
Lesotho (short)

Former name



Mosotho (singular), Basotho (plural) (noun) Lesotho (adjective)

Languages spoken

Sesotho (southern Sotho), English (official), Zulu, Xhosa



Government type

parliamentary constitutional monarchy


2,128,180 ranked 144, (data 2008)


landlocked, completely surrounded by South Africa; mountainous, more than 80% of the country is 1,800 m above sea level. The lowest point is junction of the Orange and Makhaleng Rivers 1,400 m.


Coastline 0 km.

Land borders

909km, South Africa 909 km.

Administrative divisions

10 districts; Berea, Butha-Buthe, Leribe, Mafeteng, Maseru, Mohale's Hoek, Mokhotlong, Qacha's Nek, Quthing, Thaba-Tseka


4 October 1966 (from UK)