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Lesotho Population 2023

Lesotho officially the Kingdom of Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. It is by far the largest of the world’s three independent states surrounded by the territory of another country, with Vatican City and San Marino being the other two. As per the UN World Population Prospects report, the population of  Lesotho in 2023 is 2,330,318 (23.30 Lakh)

Estimated Population of Lesotho in 2023  – 2.3 million

Lesotho2023 Population
Total Population2,330,318
Global Rank147
Land Area 30,355 sq. km (11,720 sq. mi)
Area Rank137
Pop. Density71 people/sq. km
Capital CityMaseru

Source: UN World Population Prospects report

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Religion in Lesotho

Christianity is the majority religion in Lesotho and its followed by 92.3% of the population.   Among Christians, Catholics accounted for 49.4 % of the population followed by Protestants (40 %)  and other Christians.

Traditional African religions account for 6.4%, and the remaining  are classified as unaffiliated, which can mean agnostic, atheist, or “nothing in particular.”

Religion percentage in Lesotho 

  • Christians – 92.3%
  • Traditional African religions – 6.4%
  • Other – 1.0%
  • None – 0.2%

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Lesotho Demographics
Fertility Rate* 3.16
Infant mortality rate ** 50.5
Median Age  24 Years
Life Expectancy 55.65 years
Urban Population 32%

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

Top Cities in Lesotho by Population
#CityPopulation
1Maseru330,760
2Teyateyaneng75,115
3Maputsoe55,541
4Mohale’s Hoek40,040
5Mafeteng39,754
6Hlotse38,558
7Butha-Buthe35,108
8Quthing27,314
9Qacha’s Nek15,917
10Thaba-Tseka15,248
11Mokhotlong12,940

Source: Census 2016

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