Lesotho. General elections were held in May. An unstable situation had prevailed in Lesotho since 1998, when protests against alleged electoral fraud led to a revolt that was defeated by South African soldiers. A new electoral system, with a combination of direct and proportional elections, would now give the smaller parties increased opportunities. The ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy received 77 seats and the largest opposition party, Basotho National Party 21. Foreign observers approved the election, but the opposition considered that there was cheating. However, everyone took their seats when Parliament was opened.
According to Countryaah website, national day of Lesotho is every October 4. Masupha Sole, former CEO of Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for receiving bribes from foreign construction companies in connection with a giant irrigation project, largely funded by the World Bank.
Canadian Acres International was fined about SEK 20 million. for bribing Sole. The case was considered to have pioneered the often unethical behavior of Western big companies in the “Third World”. Swedish-Swiss ABB is one of the many other companies that risk prosecution. Companies that fall down risk being excluded from future projects under the auspices of the World Bank.
Lesotho Country Overview
Finnish citizens do not need a visa when traveling to Lesotho if the trip lasts less than 14 days. NOTE. The passport must be valid for 6 months from arrival in the country.
- According to ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG, LSO stands for Lesotho.
Every person participating in the trip must have a valid travel insurance that covers medical expenses in the event of illness or other similar need. Please check the validity of your own insurance and the terms and conditions of the insurance cancellation cover.
Please pay attention to the special nature of your trip and check the coverage of the insurance in that respect as well. In many locations, the insurance must also be valid when moving at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, in which case it also covers mountain sickness.
Many hiking or diving trips require more extensive insurance, which covers, for example, diving or moving on a glacier. Please check the contents of your insurance with your insurance company.
Check that your basic vaccinations are valid (tetanus, polio and diphtheria). Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended for the trip.
If you arrive in Lesotho from a yellow fever area, you must present an international vaccination card for yellow fever vaccination. According to the World Health Organization, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine provides lifelong protection against yellow fever. However, to avoid possible ambiguity, we recommend that a medical certificate in English be sought for a yellow fever vaccination certificate that is more than 10 years old, stating that vaccination provides lifelong protection.
When traveling to Lesotho from a destination outside the yellow fever area, no vaccination certificate is required. However, there may be unexpected changes in flight routes that may also affect vaccination requirements. Due to such situations, we recommend that you always carry a valid vaccination certificate with you.
Always check the vaccination requirements at the health center or the Vaccination Advice of the Tourist Clinic
Lesotho’s climate is quite mild compared to the rest of Africa. In winter it is frosty and it even rains snow. Summers are warm, but rarely hot.
Seasons The best time to travel to Lesotho is from February to October. Then it will rain the least in the whole country and the air temperature will average 25 degrees.
The currency of
Lesotho is the Lesotho Loti (LSL), the plural maloti. The South African rand is also used as a means of payment.
Lesotho has an electric current of 220 V (50Hz). An adapter is required for Finnish devices.
Check with your operator for the coverage of your mobile phone. The area code for Lesotho is +266.
The time difference in
Lesotho is the same as in Finland in winter, in summer the time difference is -1 hour.