List of national mottos

This page lists state and national mottos for the world's nations. The mottos for some states lacking general international recognition, extinct states, non-sovereign nations, regions, and territories are listed, but their names are not bolded.

A state motto is used to describe the intent or motivation of the state in a short phrase. For example, it can be included on a country's flag, coat of arms, or currency. Some countries choose not to have a national motto.


Current sovereign countriesEdit

 
The national motto of Afghanistan: لا إله إلا الله، محمد رسول الله
(Lā ʾilāha ʾillāl–lāh, Muhammadun rasūl allāh)
There is no god but God; Muhammad is the messenger of God. (Shahada), is inscribed on the Coat of arms of Afghanistan.
  •   Afghanistan: لا إله إلا الله، محمد رسول الله (Lā ʾilāha ʾillāl–lāh, Muhammadun rasūl allāh)
    There is no god but God; Muhammad is the messenger of God. (Shahada)[1]
  •   Albania: Ti Shqipëri Më Jep Nder, Më jep Emrin Shqipëtar
    You, Albania, give me honor, give me the name Albanian (
    Albanian)
  •   Algeria: بالشعب و للشعب (Bil-shaʿb wa lil-shaʿb)
    By the people and for the people
    (Arabic)[2]
  •   Andorra: Virtus Unita Fortior
    Strength united is stronger
    (Latin)[3]
  •   Angola: Virtus Unita Fortior
    Strength united is stronger
    (Latin)[3]
  •   Antigua and Barbuda: Each endeavouring, all achieving[4]
  •   Argentina: En unión y libertad
    In Union and Liberty
    (Spanish)[5]
  •   Armenia: Մեկ Ազգ, Մեկ Մշակույթ (Mek Azg, Mek Mshakouyt)
    One Nation, One Culture
    (Armenian)[6]
  •   Australia: No official motto. Formerly Advance Australia[7]
  •   Austria: No official motto.
  •   Azerbaijan: Odlar Yurdu
    The Land of Fire
    (unofficial).
 
The national motto of Bolivia, La Unión es la Fuerza (Unity is Strength), is inscribed on boliviano coins.
 
The national motto of Brazil, Ordem e progresso (Order and progress), is inscribed on the Brazilian flag.
 
The Canadian motto within the 1921 Arms of Canada
 
The National Emblem of India bears the motto Satyameva Jayate (Sanskrit: "Truth alone triumphs").
 
The flag of Iraq displays the national motto, Allahu Akbar ("God is Great").
 
Kiribati: "Health, Peace and Prosperity" on the Coat of arms of Kiribati.
 
The motto of Nepal, जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी (Sanskrit: "Mother and motherland are greater than heaven")
 
Pakistan: Īmān, Ittiḥād, Nazm. (Urdu "Faith, Unity, Discipline").
 
Panama: Pro mundi beneficio (Latin: "For the benefit of the world").
 
The national motto of the Russian Empire: Съ нами Богъ!
(S nami Bog!)
 
The national motto of the Kingdom of Siam, as shown on Chulalongkorn's coat of arms
 
The national motto of the United States is In God We Trust, as shown on the reverse of the United States one-dollar bill.

States with limited recognitionEdit

Semi autonomous dependenciesEdit

Historicial sovereign countriesEdit

International organizationsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Press reports have provided a variety of translations for the phrase. According to Vatican Radio: "Pope Francis has chosen the motto Miserando atque eligendo, meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin by having mercy, by choosing him. The motto is one Francis used as bishop. It is taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede on Saint Matthew's Gospel relating to his vocation: 'Jesus saw the tax collector and by having mercy chose him as an apostle saying to him: Follow me.'"[128]
a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

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