Liberté, égalité, fraternité.
Freedom, fraternity and equality.
Who wouldn’t have heard those three words ever.
The official motto of France is probably one of the most famous state mottoes in the world.
The US motto In God we trust is also familiar to many.
Less well known is already the Czech motto Pravda vítězí, which in Finnish means that the truth wins.
The Turkish motto Yurtta sulh, cihanda sulh or “Peace at home, peace in the world” does not sound very familiar either.
Finland has no official motto at all.
We came close to our own motto in 1936, when the coat of arms committee set up by the Government proposed a coat of arms for Finland with the text “Free, solid, stable”.
However, the coat of arms proposed at the time - and with it the motto - remained only a proposal.
What would be a motto for Finland?
Finland's motto was recently raised by journalist Toivo Haimi.
He stated on Twitter that the motto of the Finnish state is exhausting, and at the same time asked which statement would fit our motto.
There have been hundreds of answers to Haim's tweet, among which there is plenty of choice as Finland's motto.
Many of the utterances succeed in describing Finland and the Finnish mental landscape in a very apt way.
From the thread of conversation, we put together a bunch of sayings that reach the core of our nation so that they would definitely be considered a slogan for the republic.
1. No need to cook for me.
First of all, the sentence describes the sober course characteristic of Finnish coffee table culture.
On the other hand, it crystallizes the quality of Finnish character in general: If you drink yourself, I can take a cup with me, but don't let me make any numbers now.
The phrase No need to cook for me has received attention in the past as a representation of the Finnish mental landscape.
In 2017, it was voted the most Finnish sentence of all time in Yle's Docventures program.
2. Well, now it's just this ...
The statement is especially familiar from those situations when a Finn receives praise and praise.
If desired, the utterance can be supplemented with, for example, the following elements:
With a vague mummy from some “old bucket found at the bottom of the closet”.
With hand swing and head shake.
With the statement that “here I quickly baked these buns, these are not miraculous now”.
With the statement that “no number is being made of this now”.
3. Havuja, ferry!
The content and the spirit of doing were combined in many motto proposals.
One descriptive phrase can be found in the world of skiing.
In 1987, at the Oberstdorf World Championships in skiing, Marjo Matikainen shouted “Conifers, damn it!”
summarizes something essential about Finnish rigidity.
On Twitter, other phrases familiar from the sports world are also suggested as Finland's motto.
For example, in the spring of 2019, Antero Mertaranta shouted “Did the beast come in?” At the World Championships in Hockey.
and rally legend Markus Grönholm’s “Up in the ass of Timo” statement.
4. You can start from the grater.
In 2017, actor Antti Holma said in Yle's radio program that he noticed that the phrase “you could start from a grater” is so Finnish that its real meaning can only be understood by a Finn.
So what better motto than that!
5. Are frozen foods in a small bag?
Small plastic bags for frozen foods are starting to be a disappearing resource for a good reason.
However, this does not mean that the question frequently asked by the trade cash registers in recent years has not taken root deeply in the heads of Finns.
Twitter also highlights a more modern grocery store utterance.
“If you don’t have an S-prepaid card, press the‘ no S-prepaid card ’key” The phrase now echoes at S-supermarket cash registers every time someone pays for their purchase.
6. What do they think of us?
The question can be considered Finnish, for example, because Finns are often seen as slightly uncertain types.
On the other hand, we are very interested in what is thought of Finland and Finns abroad.
7. Finland mentioned - see you at the market!
As a continuation, "What do they think of us?"
There is, of course, an exclamation of joy in the phrase, which echoes when the information that someone somewhere abroad has quoted Finland is carried to the ears of Finns.
8. Well then.
Comedian Ismo Leikola stated in his classic search that “Noniin” is the most important word in the Finnish language.
Well so can describe enthusiasm, discouragement, success, anger, amazement as well as disappointment.
Don't forget these!
The following statements are also suggested on Twitter as Finland's motto:
Don't make this a number now.
The fall is coming and Nokia is no more.
Hold your jack!
No tartte to help.
This is not the case.
Don't you go over that swamp so that it sways!
There will be no state money coming to the Guggenheim.
Can I go over there with this beer?
Now can not, too acidic.
Not maintained in winter.
Only one bucket per household.
Put the sauna on.
The story has been previously published on the Me Naisten website 07/2019.
Which sentence do you think would best suit Finland's motto?
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