Lesotho's Population Size

NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING IN EACH COUNTRY


Lesotho's population is estimated by the United Nations to be 2.3 million in 2023.

Lesotho last conducted a national census in 2016 and 44.5% of births in Lesotho are recorded. Read more from the World Economics Population Data Quality Ratings and see how Lesotho compares to other countries around the world and in the Africa region.

Lesotho's data is highlighted in the table below, use the filter and sort order options to allow easy comparison with other countries.

Data source: United Nations, Washington D.C., Eurostat, Luxembourg and World Economics Research, London


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India C 555.2 699.0 873.3 1,056.6 1,234.3 1,428.6 1,670.5
China A 827.6 1,000.1 1,176.9 1,290.6 1,368.8 1,425.7 1,312.6
United States A 209.5 229.5 252.1 281.7 309.0 340.0 375.4
Indonesia B 114.8 147.4 181.4 211.5 241.8 277.5 317.2
Pakistan D 58.1 78.1 107.6 142.3 179.4 240.5 367.8
Nigeria E 56.0 73.4 95.2 122.3 158.5 223.8 377.5
Brazil A 95.1 120.7 149.0 174.8 195.7 216.4 230.9
Bangladesh E 64.2 79.6 103.2 127.7 147.6 173.0 203.9
Russia A 130.1 138.1 147.5 146.4 143.5 144.4 133.1
Mexico A 51.5 67.8 83.9 98.9 114.1 128.5 143.8
Ethiopia E 28.4 35.1 47.9 66.2 87.6 126.5 214.8
Japan A 104.9 117.8 124.5 127.5 128.5 123.3 103.8
Philippines B 35.8 47.4 61.9 78.0 94.0 117.3 157.9
Egypt B 34.5 43.3 56.1 68.8 82.8 112.7 160.3
Congo, Dem. Rep E 20.0 26.4 34.6 47.1 64.6 102.3 217.5
Vietnam B 43.4 54.3 68.0 79.9 88.0 98.9 107.0
Türkiye A 34.9 44.0 53.9 63.2 72.3 85.8 95.8
Germany B 78.6 78.3 79.1 81.4 80.8 83.3 78.9
Thailand A 36.9 47.4 56.6 63.0 67.2 71.8 67.9
United Kingdom A 55.6 56.2 57.1 58.9 63.5 67.7 71.7
Tanzania E 13.5 18.5 25.2 33.5 44.3 67.4 129.9
France A 50.8 53.9 56.7 59.0 62.9 64.8 65.8
South Africa C 22.1 28.6 36.8 45.0 51.2 60.4 73.5
Italy B 53.5 56.3 57.0 56.7 59.3 58.9 52.3
Kenya D 11.3 16.4 23.7 32.0 42.0 55.1 85.2
Myanmar C 27.3 34.2 41.3 46.7 50.6 54.6 59.9
Colombia B 21.5 26.9 33.1 39.6 45.2 52.1 57.0
Korea, Rep. A 32.2 38.0 42.9 47.4 49.5 51.8 45.8
Uganda E 9.4 12.4 17.4 23.7 32.4 48.6 87.6
Sudan E 10.3 14.5 20.1 27.3 34.5 48.1 84.5
Spain B 33.9 37.7 39.2 40.8 46.9 47.5 44.2
Argentina A 23.9 27.9 32.6 36.9 40.9 45.8 51.6
Algeria C 14.5 19.2 25.8 31.0 36.0 45.6 60.0
Afghanistan E 11.2 13.4 12.4 20.8 29.2 42.2 74.1
Poland A 32.6 35.5 38.0 38.6 38.3 41.0 34.9
Canada A 21.4 24.4 27.5 30.6 34.1 38.8 45.9
Morocco C 16.0 20.0 24.8 28.8 32.3 37.8 45.0
Saudi Arabia A 5.8 9.7 16.2 20.7 27.4 36.9 48.4
Ukraine B 47.1 50.0 51.5 48.8 45.8 36.7 32.9
Angola E 5.9 8.3 11.8 16.4 23.4 36.7 72.3
Uzbekistan E 12.1 15.9 20.4 24.8 28.5 35.2 45.6
Yemen, Rep. E 6.2 7.9 11.7 17.4 23.2 34.4 55.3
Peru B 13.5 17.5 22.1 26.5 29.0 34.4 42.0
Malaysia B 10.8 13.8 18.0 23.2 28.2 34.3 41.0
Ghana C 8.7 11.1 14.8 19.3 24.8 34.1 52.2
Mozambique D 9.0 11.6 13.0 17.7 23.5 33.9 63.0
Nepal D 12.1 15.0 18.9 23.9 27.0 30.9 37.4
Madagascar D 6.6 8.7 11.6 15.8 21.2 30.3 51.6
Cote d'Ivoire D 5.1 8.0 11.9 16.5 20.5 28.9 51.4
Cameroon E 6.5 8.6 11.8 15.5 20.3 28.6 51.3
Niger E 4.5 6.0 8.0 11.3 16.5 27.2 67.0
Australia A 12.8 14.6 17.0 19.0 22.2 26.4 32.2
Taiwan A 14.9 17.9 20.5 22.0 23.2 23.9 22.4
Mali C 5.9 7.1 8.4 10.9 15.0 23.3 47.4
Burkina Faso C 5.6 6.8 8.8 11.6 15.6 23.3 40.5
Sri Lanka C 12.5 15.0 17.3 18.8 20.3 21.9 21.8
Malawi D 4.7 6.3 9.4 11.1 14.5 20.9 37.2
Zambia E 4.2 5.9 8.0 10.4 13.6 20.6 37.5
Romania C 20.5 22.6 23.5 22.1 20.5 19.9 17.5
Chile B 9.8 11.4 13.3 15.3 17.1 19.6 20.7
Kazakhstan A 13.0 14.8 16.4 14.9 16.3 19.6 25.6
Chad E 3.6 4.5 6.0 8.4 12.0 18.3 36.5
Ecuador D 6.1 8.0 10.2 12.7 15.0 18.2 22.3
Guatemala C 5.6 7.3 9.3 11.7 14.6 18.1 24.6
Senegal D 4.3 5.6 7.5 9.8 12.7 17.8 32.6
Netherlands B 13.0 14.1 15.0 15.9 16.7 17.6 17.9
Cambodia D 7.0 6.7 9.0 12.2 14.3 16.9 20.3
Zimbabwe E 5.3 7.4 10.4 11.9 12.7 16.7 26.4
Guinea E 4.2 4.9 6.4 8.2 10.2 14.2 23.7
Rwanda D 3.8 5.2 7.3 7.9 10.0 14.1 23.0
Benin D 2.9 3.7 5.0 6.9 9.2 13.7 25.3
Burundi E 3.5 4.2 5.4 6.4 8.7 13.2 24.2
Tunisia C 5.1 6.4 8.2 9.7 10.6 12.5 14.3
Bolivia D 4.5 5.6 6.9 8.4 10.0 12.4 16.6
Haiti E 4.7 5.6 7.0 8.5 9.9 11.7 15.1
Belgium B 9.6 9.9 10.0 10.3 10.9 11.7 12.1
Jordan C 1.7 2.4 3.6 5.1 7.3 11.3 15.0
Dominican Republic D 4.5 5.8 7.1 8.5 9.7 11.3 13.2
Sweden B 8.1 8.3 8.6 8.9 9.4 10.6 11.9
Honduras D 2.7 3.7 5.0 6.6 8.3 10.6 14.3
Czechia B 9.8 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.5 10.5 10.6
Azerbaijan B 5.2 6.2 7.2 8.1 9.0 10.4 10.9
Greece B 8.7 9.6 10.2 11.1 10.9 10.3 9.1
Papua New Guinea E 2.8 3.6 4.6 5.8 7.3 10.3 14.9
Portugal B 8.7 9.8 9.9 10.3 10.6 10.2 9.3
Hungary D 10.4 10.8 10.4 10.2 9.9 10.2 8.8
Tajikistan B 2.9 3.9 5.3 6.2 7.5 10.1 15.2
United Arab Emirates C 0.2 1.0 1.8 3.1 8.5 9.5 11.4
Belarus A 8.9 9.6 10.2 9.9 9.4 9.5 8.4
Israel C 2.8 3.7 4.4 5.9 7.3 9.2 13.0
Togo D 2.1 2.7 3.8 4.9 6.4 9.1 15.5
Austria B 7.5 7.6 7.7 8.1 8.4 9.0 8.9
Switzerland C 6.2 6.3 6.7 7.1 7.8 8.8 9.8
Sierra Leone C 2.7 3.4 4.3 4.6 6.4 8.8 13.6
Laos D 2.7 3.3 4.3 5.3 6.2 7.6 9.8
Hong Kong A 3.8 4.9 5.7 6.6 7.0 7.5 7.0
Serbia C 8.1 8.9 9.5 9.5 9.0 7.1 5.8
Nicaragua E 2.4 3.3 4.2 5.1 5.8 7.0 9.1
Libya E 2.1 3.2 4.4 5.4 6.2 6.9 8.5
Paraguay D 2.5 3.2 4.2 5.3 6.2 6.9 8.6
Kyrgyzstan A 3.0 3.6 4.4 4.9 5.4 6.7 9.4
Bulgaria C 8.5 8.9 8.8 8.0 7.4 6.7 5.2
Turkmenistan B 2.2 2.9 3.7 4.5 5.1 6.5 8.3
El Salvador D 3.7 4.6 5.3 5.9 6.2 6.4 6.6
Congo, Rep. E 1.3 1.8 2.4 3.1 4.3 6.1 10.4
Singapore A 2.1 2.4 3.0 4.0 5.1 6.0 6.3
Denmark B 4.9 5.1 5.1 5.3 5.6 5.9 6.4
Slovak Republic D 4.5 5.0 5.3 5.4 5.4 5.8 5.2
Central African Republic E 1.8 2.2 2.8 3.6 4.4 5.7 11.5
Finland C 4.6 4.8 5.0 5.2 5.4 5.5 5.5
Norway B 3.9 4.1 4.2 4.5 4.9 5.5 6.4
Liberia E 1.4 1.9 2.1 2.8 3.9 5.4 8.9
Lebanon E 2.3 2.6 2.8 3.8 5.0 5.4 4.9
New Zealand A 2.8 3.1 3.4 3.9 4.4 5.2 5.9
Costa Rica C 1.8 2.4 3.1 4.0 4.6 5.2 5.7
Ireland A 2.9 3.4 3.5 3.8 4.6 5.1 5.7
Mauritania E 1.1 1.5 2.0 2.6 3.5 4.9 8.9
Oman A 0.7 1.2 1.8 2.3 3.0 4.6 6.3
Panama C 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.6 4.5 5.7
Kuwait A 0.7 1.4 2.1 2.0 3.0 4.3 5.2
Croatia C 4.4 4.6 4.8 4.4 4.3 4.0 3.3
Georgia B 4.7 5.0 5.4 4.4 4.1 3.7 3.4
Mongolia A 1.3 1.7 2.2 2.4 2.7 3.4 4.5
Moldova B 3.6 4.0 4.4 4.2 4.1 3.4 3.0
Uruguay C 2.8 2.9 3.1 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.3
Bosnia and Herzegovina C 3.8 4.2 4.5 3.8 3.7 3.2 2.7
Albania C 2.2 2.7 3.3 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.5
Jamaica D 1.9 2.2 2.4 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.5
Armenia A 2.5 3.1 3.5 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.6
Gambia E 0.5 0.6 1.0 1.3 1.8 2.8 4.7
Lithuania C 3.1 3.4 3.7 3.5 3.1 2.7 2.2
Qatar A 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.6 1.9 2.7 3.4
Botswana D 0.6 0.9 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 3.7
Namibia E 0.8 1.1 1.4 1.8 2.1 2.6 3.8
Gabon D 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.2 1.6 2.4 3.8
Lesotho E 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.0 2.0 2.3 2.9
Guinea-Bissau E 0.7 0.8 1.0 1.2 1.5 2.2 3.4
Slovenia A 1.7 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.0
North Macedonia B 1.7 1.9 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.1 1.9
Latvia D 2.4 2.5 2.7 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.4
Bahrain C 0.2 0.4 0.5 0.7 1.2 1.5 1.8
Estonia D 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.2
Mauritius A 0.8 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.2
Cyprus B 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1.1 1.3 1.4
Eswatini D 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.7
Comoros D 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.9 1.2
Guyana D 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.9
Bhutan C 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9
Luxembourg B 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.8
Suriname D 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.7
Malta B 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5
Bahamas, The C 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5
Iceland B 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4


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