General information

Capital: Maseru

Currency unit: Lesotho loti

Official language: Sesotho, English

Area: 30,360 km²

Population in million: 2,108,130.0 

GDP per capita (current US dollars): 1,299 

GDP per capita, PPP (current international $): 3,219 


Labor force participation rate (% of total population ages 15+): 67.0 

Annual growth rate of the population: 0.8 %

Mortality rate, infant (per 1,000 live births): 65.7 %

Life expectancy at birth: 52.9 ans

Youth literacy rate Literacy rate, youth total (% of people ages 15-24): 79 %


Gross domestic product (GDP) in billions of US dollars: 2,738,790,000.00 

Agriculture value added of GDP: 6.0 

Industry value added of GDP: 35.5 

Services value added of GDP: 1.4 

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              Global Sustainable Competitiveness Indicator

              The indicator highlights the scores of each of the three pillars of the sustainable competitiveness. A larger area means a higher score (0-100) and therefore a more favorable economic situation.

              Price competitiveness

              Lesotho: 44
              Breakdown by component
              Price competitiveness44
              Macroeconomic competitiveness
              Lesotho: 33
              Products competitiveness
              Lesotho: 71

              Durability and resistance to vulnerabilities

              Revealed competitivenes and economic performances

              Lesotho: -
              Breakdown by component
              Revealed competitivenes and economic performances-
              Weighted market shares index of the 5 major exported primary products (except oil and ores)
              Lesotho: >2,000
              Weighted market shares index of the 5 major exported manufactured products
              Lesotho: >2,000