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Lesotho (Kingdom of Lesotho)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Lesotho
Kingdom of Lesotho
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index129th best
CapitalMaseru
Land Area1 30 360 km2
LocationAfrica
Population22.217 million
Life Expectancy348.749yrs (2012)
GNI3$1 879
ISO3166-1 Codes4LS, LSO, 426
Internet Domain5.ls
Currency6Loti (LSL)
Telephone7+266

1. Overview

Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parites saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Lesotho National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
155Mauritania46.738.6
156Papua New Guinea46.639.2
157Nepal46.335.9
158Lesotho46.144.0
159Togo45.938.9
160Yemen45.841.7
161Uganda45.637.1
162Haiti45.640.0
163Zambia44.839.8
164Djibouti44.542.7
165Gambia43.934.2
166Benin43.634.3
167Rwanda43.431.1
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
126Tajikistan51.6
127Laos51.2
128Korea, N.51.1
129Lesotho50.5
130Kenya50.4
131Ghana50.3
132Indonesia50.2
133Kiribati50.1
134Tuvalu50.0
135Cambodia48.6
136Haiti48.4
137Algeria48.2
138China48.2
139Egypt48.0
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
187Zambia49.4
188Swaziland48.9
189Afghanistan49.1
190Central African Rep.49.1
191Congo, DR48.7
192Lesotho48.7
193Guinea-Bissau48.6
194Sierra Leone48.1
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
120Jordan2.9
121Honduras3.0
122Philippines3.1
123Lesotho3.1
124Namibia3.1
125Zimbabwe3.1
126Tajikistan3.2
127Haiti3.2
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
139Jamaica2.761m255
140Namibia2.364m3
141Latvia2.235m36
142Lesotho2.217m73
143Macedonia2.067m82
144Botswana2.053m4
145Slovenia2.04m101
Data Source

Lesotho's population is predicted to rise to 2.566 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 3.08.

The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
146Sudan1964
147Libya1964
148Papua New Guinea1964
149Lesotho1965
150Botswana1965
151Tuvalu1967
152Kiribati1967
153Ecuador1967
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
110Uganda0.52
111Bangladesh0.52
112Swaziland0.53
113Lesotho0.53
114Guatemala0.54
115Senegal0.54
116Zimbabwe0.54
117Qatar0.55
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

Lesotho is an unequal country, with male rights dominating those of women.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian96.8%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated3.1%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
158Congo, (Brazzaville)5.00
159Mozambique4.17
160Cameroon4.00
161Lesotho3.86
162Bangladesh3.70
163Afghanistan3.65
164Benin3.13
165Mauritania3.00
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
124Gabon5.9
125Argentina5.8
126Ecuador5.8
127Lesotho5.8
128Ivory Coast5.7
129Ethiopia5.7
130Mauritania5.6
131Niger5.5
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
50Ghana1.81
51Zambia1.83
52Sierra Leone1.86
53Lesotho1.86
54Morocco1.87
55Tanzania1.87
56Djibouti1.88
57Burkina Faso1.88
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
56Finland19
57Greece19
58Rwanda19
59Lesotho19
60Colombia19
61Switzerland19
62Uganda19
63Venezuela19
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
77Nicaragua99.3
78Benin99.3
79Dominican Rep.99.3
80Lesotho99.3
81Bhutan99.3
82Togo99.3
83Greece99.3
84Kosovo99.3
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2911
2Israel4.1111
3Japan3.5811
...
119Bahrain0.0412
120Colombia0.0412
121Honduras0.0413
122Guatemala0.0414
123China0.0312
124El Salvador0.0314
125Iraq0.0315
126Lesotho0.0115
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
147Nigeria$2 102
148Cambodia$2 095
149Kyrgyzstan$2 009
150Lesotho$1 879
151Sao Tome & Principe$1 864
152Sudan$1 848
153Yemen$1 820
154Myanmar (Burma)$1 817
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
134Kiribati-10
135Bhutan-10
136Mali-10
137Lesotho-10
138Liberia-10
139Niger-10
140Tajikistan-10
141Guinea-Bissau-15
Data Source

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References: (What's this?)

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 20.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/lt.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  12. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  13. World Bank data for year 2000.^
  14. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2011.^

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