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People of Lesotho
Nationality: Noun--Mosotho (sing.); Basotho (pl.) Adjective--Basotho.
Population (May 2002 est.): 2,200,100.
Annual growth rate (2001 est.): 1.6%. Note: the population growth rate is depressed by an HIV/AIDS prevalence rate estimated to be over 30%.
Ethnic groups: Basotho 99.7%; Europeans 1,600; Asians 3,000.
Religions: 90% Christian, including Roman Catholic (majority), Lesotho Evangelical, Anglican, other denominations; Others: Islam, Hindu, indigenous.
Languages: Official--Sesotho and English. Others--Zulu, Xhosa.
Education: Years compulsory--None. Literacy (1998)--71.3%.
Health: Infant mortality rate (2001 est.)--92/1,000. Life expectancy (2002 est.)--44 years.
Work force (2001 est.): 704,000.