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International Rankings of Lesotho - 2024


SOURCE: 2024 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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This table lists the international rankings of Lesotho, in all categories that are published in the CIA World Factbook, and those that we derived from them. Additional international rankings of Lesotho, can be found in the main country ranks menu.
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Ranked Data Rank Value Year
Communications
Broadband - fixed subscriptions - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 59 0.2 2020
Broadband - fixed subscriptions - total 181 5060 2020
Internet users - percent of population 71 48 % 2021
Internet users - total 146 1.104 million 2021
Telephones - fixed lines - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 60 N/A 2021
Telephones - fixed lines - total subscriptions 197 6744 2022
Telephones - mobile cellular - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 77 80 2021
Telephones - mobile cellular - total subscriptions 154 1.821 million 2021
Economy
Average household expenditures - on alcohol and tobacco 59 N/A % of household expenditures 2024
Average household expenditures - on food 95 N/A % of household expenditures 2024
Budget - expenditures 168 1.210 billion US Dollars 2020
Budget - revenues 165 1.054 billion US Dollars 2020
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) 83 6 % of GDP 0
Current account balance 90 90.886 million US Dollars 2021
Debt - external 168 868.000 million US Dollars 2019
Exports 175 1.080 billion US Dollars 2021
GDP (official exchange rate) 186 2.462 billion US Dollars 2019
GDP - composition by end use - exports of goods and services 84 40.8 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - government consumption 20 26.4 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - household consumption 71 69.2 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - imports of goods and services 120 54.4 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - investment in fixed capital 22 31.4 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - investment in inventories 73 13.4 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by sector of origin - agriculture 102 5.8 % of GDP 2016
GDP - composition by sector of origin - industry 30 39.2 % of GDP 2016
GDP - composition by sector of origin - services 125 54.9 % of GDP 2017
Gini Index coefficient - distribution of family income 24 44.9 % 2017
Household income or consumption by percentage share - highest 10% 20 39.4 % share of income accruing to lowest and highest 10% of population 2003
Household income or consumption by percentage share - lowest 10% 41 1 % share of income accruing to lowest and highest 10% of population 0
Imports 170 2.221 billion US Dollars 2021
Industrial production growth rate 43 8.52 % 2021
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 51 6.05 % 2021
Labor force 145 955600 US Dollars 2021
Population below poverty line 21 49.7 % 2017
Public debt 149 33.7 % of GDP 2017
Real GDP (purchasing power parity) 178 5.236 billion US Dollars 2021
Real GDP growth rate 160 1.35 % 2021
Real GDP per capita 160 2300 US Dollars 2021
Remittances 13 20 2021
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 155 774.095 million US Dollars 2019
Taxes and other revenues 100 18.47 % of GDP 0
Unemployment rate 10 24.6 % 2021
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - female 33 43.82 % 0
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - male 22 32.8 % 0
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - total 19 37.4 % 2021
Energy
Carbon dioxide emissions - from coal and metallurgical coke 128 0 metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Carbon dioxide emissions - from consumed natural gas 124 0 metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Carbon dioxide emissions - from petroleum and other liquids 180 736000 metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Coal - consumption 122 0 metric tons 2020
Coal - exports 62 0 metric tons 2020
Coal - imports 112 0 metric tons 2020
Coal - production 75 0 metric tons 2020
Coal - proven reserves 75 0 metric tons 2019
Electricity - consumption 161 912.800 million kWh 2019
Electricity - exports 98 0 kWh 2019
Electricity - imports 83 541.700 million kWh 2019
Electricity - installed generating capacity 186 74000 kWh 2020
Electricity - transmission/distribution losses 154 129.900 million kWh 2019
Electricity access - electrification - rural areas 51 37.7 2021
Electricity access - electrification - total population 56 50.3 2021
Electricity access - electrification - urban areas 41 80.6 2021
Electricity access - population without electricity 25 1.000 million 2020
Electricity generation sources - biomass and waste 57 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - fossil fuels 161 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - geothermal 17 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - hydroelectricity 2 99.8 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - nuclear 34 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - solar 67 0.2 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - tide and wave 6 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - wind 73 0 % 2020
Energy consumption per capita 163 7.823 million Btu/person 2019
Natural gas - consumption 121 0 cubic meters 2021
Natural gas - exports 57 0 cubic meters 2021
Natural gas - imports 88 0 cubic meters 2021
Natural gas - production 97 0 cubic meters 2021
Natural gas - proven reserves 92 0 cubic meters 2021
Petroleum - crude oil and lease condensate exports 73 0 bbl/day 2018
Petroleum - crude oil and lease condensate imports 82 0 bbl/day 2018
Petroleum - crude oil estimated reserves 89 0 bbl/day 2021
Petroleum - refined petroleum consumption 171 5100 bbl/day 2019
Petroleum - total petroleum production 106 0 bbl/day 2021
Refined petroleum products - exports 128 0 bbl/day 2015
Refined petroleum products - imports 171 5118 bbl/day 2015
Refined petroleum products - production 112 0 bbl/day 2015
Environment
Air pollutants - carbon dioxide emissions 139 2.51 megatons 2016
Air pollutants - methane emissions 140 2.56 megatons 2020
Air pollutants - particulate matter emissions 92 17.6 micrograms per cubic meter 2019
Land use - agricultural land 9 76.1 2018
Land use - arable land 95 10.1 2018
Land use - forest 171 1.5 2018
Land use - permanent crops 84 0.1 2018
Land use - permanent pasture 11 65.9 2018
Revenue from coal 33 0 % of GDP 2018
Revenue from forest resources 22 3.34 % of GDP 2018
Total renewable water resources 153 3.020 billion cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - agricultural 135 3.800 million cubic meters 2017
Total water withdrawal - industrial 94 20.000 million cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - municipal 111 20.000 million cubic meters 2020
Urbanization - rate of urbanization 48 2.77 2025
Urbanization - urban population 158 30.4 2023
Geography
Area - land 140 30355 sq km 0
Area - total 143 30355 sq km 0
Area - water 211 0141 sq km 0
Coastline 191 0 km 0
Elevation - highest point 46 3482 meters 0
Elevation - lowest point 2 1400 meters 0
Elevation - mean elevation 6 2161 meters 0
Irrigated land 150 12 sq km 2013
Land boundaries - total 118 1106 km 0
Land use - agricultural land 9 76.1 2018
Land use - arable land 95 10.1 2018
Land use - forest 171 1.5 2018
Land use - permanent crops 84 0.1 2018
Land use - permanent pasture 11 65.9 2018
Military
Military expenditures 32 1.6 % of GDP 2022
Population
Alcohol consumption per capita - beer 78 1.98 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - other alcohols 25 0.82 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - spirits 112 0.31 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - total 94 3.56 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - wine 65 0.44 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Birth rate 48 23 births/1,000 population 2023
Child marriage - men married by age 18 34 1.9 2018
Child marriage - women married by age 15 49 1 0
Child marriage - women married by age 18 48 16.4 0
Children under the age of 5 years underweight 42 10.5 % 2018
Contraceptive prevalence rate 42 64.9 % 2018
Current health expenditure 11 11.8 % of GDP 2020
Currently married women (ages 15-49) 99 53.7 % 2023
Death rate 23 10.9 deaths/1,000 population 2023
Dependency ratios - elderly dependency ratio 129 6.8 % 0
Dependency ratios - potential support ratio 43 14.7 % 2021
Dependency ratios - total dependency ratio 61 62.1 % 0
Dependency ratios - youth dependency ratio 55 55.3 % 0
Drinking water source - improved 36 95.7 % of population 0
Drinking water source - rural 39 22.8 % of population 0
Drinking water source - total 28 17.4 % of population 2020
Drinking water source - unimproved 29 4.3 % of population 0
Education expenditures 9 8.7 % of GDP 2021
Gross reproduction rate 42 1.42 % 2023
Infant mortality rate - female 43 41.424 deaths/1,000 live births 0
Infant mortality rate - male 23 52.5 deaths/1,000 live births 0
Infant mortality rate - total 24 47 deaths/1,000 live births 2023
Life expectancy at birth - female 15 62220 years 0
Life expectancy at birth - male 143 57.9 years 0
Life expectancy at birth - total population 141 59.9 years 2023
Literacy - definition 2 15 0
Literacy - female 59 88.8 % 2021
Literacy - male 76 72.9 % 0
Literacy - total population 70 81 % 0
Maternal mortality ratio 9 566 deaths/100,000 live births 2020
Median age - female 182 24.2177 years 0
Median age - male 127 23.2 years 0
Median age - total 123 23.7 years 2023
Mother's mean age at first birth 68 20.9 2014
Net migration rate 96 4.5 migrant(s)/1,000 population 0
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 89 16.6 % 2016
Physicians density 132 0.47 physicians/1,000 population 2018
Population 147 2.211 million 2023
Population growth rate 97 0.76 % 2023
Sanitation facility access - improved 40 93.6 % of population 0
Sanitation facility access - rural 50 37.6 % of population 0
Sanitation facility access - total 46 28.6 % of population 2020
Sanitation facility access - unimproved 55 6.4 % of population 0
Sex ratio - 0-14 years 15 1.01 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - 15-64 years 23 1 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - 65 years and over 52 0.59 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - at birth 11 1.03 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - total population 21 0.98 male(s)/female 0
Total fertility rate 52 2.88 children born/woman 2023
Urbanization - rate of urbanization 48 2.77 2025
Urbanization - urban population 158 30.4 2023
Transportation
Airports 96 33 2024
Heliports 66 N/A 2024
Merchant marine - total 144 N/A 2024
National air transport system - annual freight traffic on registered air carriers 139 N/A 2024
National air transport system - annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers 158 N/A 2024
National air transport system - inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers 102 N/A 2024
National air transport system - number of registered air carriers 28 N/A 2024
Railways - narrow gauge 66 N/A 2024
Railways - total 103 N/A km 2024
Roadways - paved 86 1799 km 2022
Roadways - total 90 6906 km 2022
Waterways 110 N/A km 2024

*CALCULATED FIGURES are those that we calculated from data presented by the CIA World Factbook. For example, we calculated population density by dividing the total population by the land area, the electricity consumption per capita by dividing electricity consumption by the total population, etc.

NOTE: The information regarding Lesotho on this page is re-published from the 2024 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lesotho 2024 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lesotho 2024 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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