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Lesotho PEOPLE 2015

SOURCE: 2015 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Lesotho PEOPLE 2015
SOURCE: 2015 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on June 20, 2014

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

Ethnic groups:
Sotho 99.7%, Europeans, Asians, and other 0.3%,

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

Religions:
Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%

Population:
1,942,008
country comparison to the world: 149
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2014 est.)
[see also: Population country ranks ]

Age structure:
0-14 years: 32.9% (male 321,017/female 318,265)
15-24 years: 19.9% (male 184,006/female 203,336)
25-54 years: 36.8% (male 349,365/female 364,970)
55-64 years: 4.9% (male 51,274/female 44,847)
65 years and over: 5.4% (male 52,955/female 51,973) (2014 est.)
population pyramid:
population pyramid

Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio: 67.1 %
youth dependency ratio: 60.1 %
elderly dependency ratio: 7 %
potential support ratio: 14.3 (2014 est.)

Median age:
total: 23.6 years
male: 23.6 years
female: 23.6 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate:
0.34% (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 167
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Birth rate:
25.92 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 49
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Death rate:
14.91 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 3
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Net migration rate:
-7.62 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 206
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Urbanization:
urban population: 27.6% of total population (2011)
rate of urbanization: 3.57% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major urban areas - population:
MASERU (capital) 239,000 (2011)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 0.91 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.99 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2014 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth:
21.2
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
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Maternal mortality rate:
620 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
country comparison to the world: 12
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Infant mortality rate:
total: 50.48 deaths/1,000 live births
country comparison to the world: 37
male: 54.38 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 46.45 deaths/1,000 live births (2014 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 52.65 years
country comparison to the world: 211
male: 52.55 years
female: 52.75 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate:
2.78 children born/woman (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 70
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Contraceptive prevalence rate:
47% (2009/10)
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Health expenditures:
12.8% of GDP (2011)
country comparison to the world: 8
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Physicians density:
0.05 physicians/1,000 population (2003)
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Hospital bed density:
1.3 beds/1,000 population (2006)
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Drinking water source:
improved:

urban: 93.2% of population
rural: 76.7% of population
total: 81.3% of population
unimproved:
urban: 6.8% of population
rural: 23.3% of population
total: 18.7% of population (2012 est.)

Sanitation facility access:
improved:

urban: 37% of population
rural: 26.7% of population
total: 29.6% of population
unimproved:
urban: 63% of population
rural: 73.3% of population
total: 70.4% of population (2012 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
23.1% (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 2
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HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
358,700 (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20
[see also: HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
15,500 (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20
[see also: HIV/AIDS - deaths country ranks ]

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
14.6% (2008)
country comparison to the world: 120
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Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
13.5% (2010)
country comparison to the world: 56
[see also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight country ranks ]

Education expenditures:
13% of GDP (2008)
country comparison to the world: 1
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Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89.6%
male: 83.3%
female: 95.6% (2010 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2012)

Child labor - children ages 5-14:
total number: 103,020
percentage: 23 % (2000 est.)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24
total: 34.4%
country comparison to the world: 19
male: 29%
female: 41.9% (2008)


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Lesotho on this page is re-published from the 2015 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lesotho PEOPLE 2015 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lesotho PEOPLE 2015 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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