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Lesotho Population




Lesotho population is predominated by the Sotho ethnic group. A minority European and Asian population also exists in the country. According to the 2007 census, the total population of Lesotho is estimated to be 2,125,262. The growth rate of population in Lesotho is approximately 0.14%. Birth rate recorded in the country is 24.72 births per 1,000 people and death rate is 22.49 deaths per 1,000 people. In Lesotho people belonging to the age group 0-14 years comprise 35.7% of the total population, while people belonging to the age group ranging from 15 to 64 years make 59.3%. Only 5% of people belong to the age group of 65 years and above. The total median age of Lesotho population is approximately 21.1 years. The median age of male population is about 20.4 years and for female it is approximately 21.7 years. The male-female ratio of Lesotho population is 956:1000.

In Lesotho, life expectancy at birth is approximately 39.97 years. Life expectancy for male is 40.73 years and for female it is 39.18 years. The total fertility rate of the country is 3.21 children born per woman. The infant mortality rate of the country is 79.85 deaths per 1,000 live births. The literacy rate of the population of Lesotho is approximately 84.8%. Christianity is the major religion of the nation, which is followed by 80% of the population.




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