Hän Social media cover/Twitter

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 an orange background and on the right side the text “Hän est. 1543” in a white font. On the left side is a picture 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.


Edited: 17.11.2020