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Updated: Sep 29, 2022

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Country Name

Lesotho, or officially the Kingdom of Lesotho.


Lesotho is located in southern Africa. Lesotho is an enclave in South Africa, so it is bordered by South Africa to the north, south, east, and west.



The reason for naming the country

Lesotho was previously the British Crown Colony of Basutoland, but it declared independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966. The name Lesotho roughly translates to "the land of the people who speak Sesotho".


The current flag of Lesotho was adopted on the 40th anniversary of Lesotho's independence on 4 October 2006. The flag consists of three horizontal stripes blue, white, and green; هn the middle of the white stripe, a Basut black hat is located. The blue represents the sky and rain, and the white represents peace and indicates the country’s internal peace and its peaceful relationship with its sole international neighbor, South Africa, the green represents prosperity or the fertile land that is Lesotho. The traditional Basotho hat, the mokorotlo is said to represent the Basotho cultural heritage.

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