Hän Postcard: Danke Schön, Deutsch! 2

Danke schön, Deutsch! Du hast der finnischen Sprache viele Wörter geschenkt wie z. B.

Bensiini (Benzin)

Frakki (Frack)

Valssi (Walzer)

Hier ist ein finnisches Wort als Gegengeschenk: hän. Unser „sie“ und „er“ in einem Wort – das inklusive finnische Fürwort für Chancengleichheit. Für eine Welt ohne Vorurteile.

This vertical postcard has white text on an orange background and a photo of two women; one of them seems to be sitting and the other standing behind her. The standing woman is leaning her cheek against the sitting woman’s head and they are gently holding their hands on each other’s faces. The card features three Finnish words that originate from German: gasoline, white tie and waltz.

Size A6 (105 x 148 mm)
Bleed 3 mm

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.


Edited: 9.12.2020