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 (bleizer)

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.

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: 2.6.2019