List of national mottos

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 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 coat of arms, coins or banknotes. Some countries choose not to have a national motto.



  •  Albania: Feja e Shqiptarit është Shqiptaria (Albanian, The Religion of the Albanians is Albanism)[1] and Ti, Shqipëri, më jep nder, më jep emrin Shqiptar (You Albania give me honor, you give me the name Albanian).
  •  Algeria: بالشعب و للشعب Bil-shaʿb wa lil-shaʿb (Arabic, By the people and for the people)[2]
  •  Andorra: Virtus unita fortior (Latin, Strength, united is stronger)[3]
  •  Anguilla: Strength and Endurance
  •  Antigua and Barbuda: Each endeavouring, all achieving[4]
  •  Argentina: En unión y libertad (Spanish, In Union and Liberty)[5]
  •  Armenia: Մեկ Ազգ, Մեկ Մշակույթ Mek Azg, Mek Mshakouyt (Armenian, "One Nation, One Culture")[6]
  •  Aruba: Semper pro grediens[7] (Latin, Always progressing)
  •  Australia: Advance Australia[8]
  •  Austria: formerly AEIOU, with one possible meaning being Austriae est imperare orbi universo (Latin, It is Austria's destiny to rule the world)


The national motto is depicted by the four stars enshrined within the Coat of arms of Bangladesh.
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 national emblem of India has included the motto Satyameva Jayate which means 'Truth alone triumphs' in Sanskrit
The flag of Iraq displays the national motto, Allahu Akbar (God is Great).



  •  Jamaica: Out of many, One People[60]
  •  Empire of Japan: 八紘一宇 Hakkō ichiu, All the world under one roof
  •  Jordan: الله، الوطن، المليك (Allāh, Al-Waṭan, Al-Malīk) God, Fatherland, Sovereign
The motto of Kiribati, Te mauri, te raoi ao te tabomoa (Health, Peace and Prosperity), is shown on the coat of arms.



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The motto of Nepal, जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी (Mother and motherland are greater than heaven)in Sanskrit.



The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the national motto, Īmān, Ittiḥād, Nazm. (Urdu Faith, Unity, Discipline).
The coat of arms of Panama displays the national motto, Pro mundi beneficio (Latin: For the benefit of the world).
  •  Pakistan: ايمان، اتحاد، نظم (Urdu, Faith, Unity, Discipline)[79]
  •  Panama: Pro mundi beneficio (Latin, For the benefit of the world)[80]
  •  Papua New Guinea: Unity in Diversity[citation needed]
  •  Paraguay: Paz y justicia (Spanish, Peace and justice)[81]
  •  Philippines: Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa (Tagalog, For God, People, Nature and Country)[82]
    • Former: Isang bansa, isang diwa (Tagalog, One nation, one spirit)
  •  Poland: No official motto. Among the unofficial ones Bóg, Honor, Ojczyzna (Polish, God, Honor, Fatherland). See also Unofficial mottos of Poland.
  •  Portugal: No official motto.
    •  Kingdom of Portugal "In Hoc Signo Vinces" In a legend told in the National epic poem Os Lusiadas by Luis Vaz de Camoes, The first King of Portugal saw the simbol of the Quinas at the Batle of Ourique. The use of this motto is well documented in coins, monuments and documents.




  •  Tanzania: Uhuru na Umoja (Swahili, Freedom and Unity)[96]
  •  Thailand
    • 1873-1910 : "Sabbesaṃ saṃghabhūtānaṃ samagghī vuḍḍhi sadhikā" (Pāli: शब्बेसम् सम्घभुतनम् समग्घि भुद्धि सधिक, "Unity amongst those uniting brings about success and prosperity.")
    • Following 1910 : none, unofficially "Chat, Satsana, Phra Mahakasat" (Thai: ชาติ ศาสนา พระมหากษัตริย์, "Country, Faith, King")[97]
  •  Togo: Travail, Liberté, Patrie (French, Work, liberty, homeland)[98]
  •  Tonga: Ko e ʻOtua mo Tonga ko hoku tofiʻa (Tongan, God and Tonga are my Inheritance)
  •  Trinidad and Tobago: Together we aspire, together we achieve[99]
  •  Tristan da Cunha: Our faith is our strength
  •  Tunisia: حرية، نظام، عدالة Ḥurrīyah, Niẓām,ʿAdālah (Arabic, Freedom, Order and Justice)[100]
  •  Turkey: Egemenlik kayıtsız şartsız milletindir. (Turkish, Sovereignty rests unconditionally with the nation)[101]
    and Yurtta sulh, cihanda sulh. (Turkish, Peace in the homeland, peace in the world.)[102] Ne mutlu Türk'üm diyene! (Turkish, What a happiness to say, I am Turk!)[101]
  •  Turks and Caicos Islands: Beautiful By Nature, Clean By Choice
  •  Tuvalu: Tuvalu mo te Atua (Tuvaluan, Tuvalu for the Almighty)


The national motto of the United States is In God we trust, as shown on the reverse of the United States one-dollar bill.


  •  Vanuatu: Long God yumi stanap (Bislama, Let us stand firm in God)[105]
  •  Venezuela: Patria, Socialismo o Muerte, Venceremos!(Official)(Spanish, Homeland, Socialism or Death, We will defeat!) Historical: Dios y Federación (Spanish, God and Federation)
  •  Vietnam: Ðộc lập, Tự do, Hạnh phúc (Vietnamese, Independence, Liberty and Happiness)



  •  Zambia: One Zambia, One country
  •  Zimbabwe: Unity, Freedom, Work
    • Former: Sit Nomine Digna (Latin, May she be worthy of the name, from 1965–1979)
    •  Rhodesia: Sit Nomine Digna (Latin, May she be worthy of the name


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