Hän SoMe pic: Merci à la langue française!

Merci à la langue française!

#Hän est 1543

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 features a photo of a smiling young child with glasses dressed in an adult-sized blue coat. On the top edge of the picture is the text “Merci à la langue française” and on the bottom edge the text “Hän est. 1543”, both in white. The background is orange.

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Edited: 29.7.2020