Hän est. 1543 picture

Equality forms a core value for Finland and its people, and the best symbol of Finnish equality is a personal pronoun from the Finnish language: hän. The third-person singular pronoun hän is neutral in terms of gender and social status, so it represents equal opportunity. It is “she” and “he,” all at once, and it has always existed in the Finnish language.

To promote inclusivity and equality, Finland wants to introduce this word – and the thinking behind it – to the rest of the world.

This picture has a photo of the torso and hands of a person dressed in purple. Six hands of different shapes and sizes are holding the hands of the purple-clad person. In the middle of the picture is the text “hän est. 1543” in white.


Edited: 17.11.2020