List of national mottos

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Classification of all the national mottos. Red indicates the motto contains the word "God", blue indicates the motto contains the word "Unity", yellow indicates the motto contains three intents separated by commas, orange indicates the mottos with three intents separated by commas of which one contains the word "God", green indicates the mottos with three intents separated by commas of which one contains the word "Unity", pink indicates the mottos with two intents separated by and/or, brown indicates the motto contains the name of the country, purple indicates other mottos, grey indicates the country has no official motto. God and Unity are the two most used words in national mottos around the world.

This article 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 countries[edit]

The national motto of Afghanistan: لا إله إلا الله، محمد رسول الله
(Lā ʾilāha ʾillāl–lāh, Muhammadun rasūl allāh)
There is no god but Allah; 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)
  •  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").
  •  Iceland: No official motto.
  •  India: सत्यमेव जयते (Satyameva Jayate) (Sanskrit: Truth alone triumphs)[57]
  •  Indonesia: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Old Javanese: Unity in diversity)[58]
  •  Iran: الله أكبر (Allahu Akbar) (Arabic: God is the Greatest),[59] de facto: استقلال، آزادى، جمهورى اسلامى (Esteqlāl, āzādī, jomhūrī-ye eslāmī)[60] (Persian: Independence, freedom, (the) Islamic Republic)
  •  Iraq: الله أكبر (Allahu Akbar) (Arabic: God is the Greatest)[61]
  •  Ireland: No official motto. Éirinn go Brách (English: Ireland forever; French: L'Irlande à l'Éternité) has traditional and historical use.
  •  Israel: No official motto, Unofficial: אם תרצו, אין זו אגדה (Im Tirtzu, Ein zo Agadah) (Hebrew: If you will it, it is no dream)
  •  Italy: No official motto. Unione, forza e libertà! (English: Union, Strength and Liberty) was motto of the first Young Italy.
  •  Jamaica: Out of many, One People[62]
  •  Japan: No official motto.
  •  Jordan: الله، الوطن، الملك (Allāh, Al-Waṭan, Al-Malīk) (Arabic: "God, Homeland, King")[63]
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").
God is with us!, is inscribed on the Coat of arms of Russia as shown.
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
  •  Tajikistan: Independence, Freedom, Homeland! (Tajik: Истиқлол, Озодӣ, Ватан! / Istiqlol, Ozodi, Vatan!)
  •  Tanzania: Uhuru na Umoja (Swahili: Freedom and Unity)[121]
  •  Thailand: No official motto,

ชาติ ศาสนา พระมหากษัตริย์ (Thai: Chat, Satsana, Phra Mahakasat, "Nation, Religion, King")[122]

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 recognition[edit]

Semi autonomous dependencies[edit]

Historical countries[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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.'"[134]
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. 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 97 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states are said to have recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

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  172. ^ As shown on the coat of arms of Sarawak.
  173. ^ As shown on the Seal of the Shanghai International Settlement.
  174. ^ "Decretul No. 1 al Guvernului provisoriu al Țării-Românesci".
  175. ^ Constitution de la République du Zaïre, article 5: "Sa devise est : Paix — Justice — Travail". Source: Journal Officiel de la République du Zaïre (N. 1 du 1er janvier 1983)