[sot] 1,770,000 in Lesotho (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Population total all countries: 5,634,000. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1993, Constitution, Article 3(1)). Alternate Names: Sesotho, Sisutho, Souto, Suthu, Suto Dialects: None known. Northern Sotho [nso] and Tswana [tsn] are inherently intelligible but have generally been considered separate languages. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Sotho-Tswana (S.33) Comments: Christian, traditional religion.