Because of its altitude,
Lesotho remains cooler throughout the year than other regions at the
same latitude. Most of the rain falls as summer thunderstorms. Maseru
and surrounding lowlands often reach 30 C (86 F) in summer.
The official Lesotho
language is English. The other languages of Lesotho are Sesotho, Xhosa
and Zulu. Sesotho is also an official language of the country besides
English. This language belongs to the Sotho language group. Numerous
affixes are used in Sesotho language. This language has its origin in
Niger-Congo language family.
The Loti, denoted by LSL, is the official currency of the Kingdom of
Lesotho in Africa. The Loti (plural "maloti") is subdivided into 100
lisente (singular "sente"). The LSL is pegged to the South African Rand
on a 1:1 basis and both currencies are considered legal tender within
population of Lesotho in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 1,
802, 000, which placed it as number 143 in population among the 193
nations of the world. In that year approximately 5% of the population
was over 65 years of age, with another 40% of the population under 15
years of age.
Maseru is the capital of Lesotho. It is also the capital of the Maseru
District. Located on the Caledon River, bordering South Africa, Maseru
is Lesotho's only sizable city, with a population of approximately 227,