Hän Postcard: Merci à la langue française! 1

Merci à la langue française, pour avoir donné à la langue finnoise de jolis mots comme

Essee (essai)

Parketti (parquet)

Muoti (mode)

Voici un mot en retour: Hän. Cela signifie il ou elle. C’est le pronom inclusif finnois pour l’égalité. Pour un monde sans préjugés.

This vertical postcard has white text on an orange background and a photo of a smiling young child with glasses dressed in an adult-sized blue coat. The card features three Finnish words that originate from French: essay, parquet and fashion.

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