Hän Postcard: Thank you, English! 1

Thank you, English! You’ve given the Finnish language plenty of words, such as:

Tiimi (team)

Taklata (to tackle)

Bleiseri (blazer)

Here’s one Finnish word in return: hän. It’s she and he, all at once. It’s the inclusive Finnish personal pronoun for equal opportunity. Working towards a bias-free world.

This horizontal postcard has white text on a mint green background and a photo of a young child with glasses dressed in all blue holding the hands of two adults of which only their legs can be seen. There are altogether four pairs of legs behind the child. The card features three Finnish words that originate from English: team, to tackle and blazer.

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