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Lesotho People

    Population: 2,128,950 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 40% (male 424,355; female 422,892)
    15-64 years: 56% (male 573,285; female 610,636)
    65 years and over: 4% (male 40,604; female 57,178) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.8% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 31.26 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 13.23 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 77.58 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 52.99 years
    male: 51.37 years
    female: 54.65 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.03 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Mosotho (singular), Basotho (plural)
    adjective: Basotho

    Ethnic groups: Sotho 99.7%, Europeans 1,600, Asians 800

    Religions: Christian 80%, rest indigenous beliefs

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

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 71.3%
    male: 81.1%
    female: 62.3% (1995 est.)

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