United States compared to Lesotho

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If you moved to Lesotho from United States, you would..


make 94.6% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Lesotho Lesotho ($3,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,100.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - GDP Per Capita

live 26.8 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Lesotho Lesotho (53 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Life Expectancy

consume 96.6% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Lesotho Lesotho (409 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Lesotho, that number is 409 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Electricity Consumption

have 2 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Lesotho Lesotho (25.1 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Lesotho, that number is 25.1 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Birth Rate

be 3.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Lesotho Lesotho (57.1% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Lesotho, that number is 57.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Poverty Line

be 17.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Lesotho Lesotho (81.8% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Lesotho, 81.8% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Access to Drinking Water

be 8.2 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Lesotho Lesotho (47.6 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Lesotho, on the other hand, 47.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Infant Mortality

be 6 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Lesotho Lesotho (28.1% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Unemployment

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Lesotho

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. 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 parties 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.

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