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This page lists state and national mottos for the world's independent states. The mottos for some states lacking general international recognition and some extinct states 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 Faith 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, Virtue, Unity, Strength)[3]
  •  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 Ashakouyt (Armenian, "One Nation, One Culture")[6]
  •  Australia: none, formerly Advance Australia[7]
  •  Austria: formerly AEIOU, with one possible meaning being Austriae est imperare orbi universo (Latin, It is Austria's destiny to rule the world)
  •  Azerbaijan: Odlar Yurdu (Azerbaijani, "Country of the Fires"), formerly Bir kərə yüksələn bayraq, bir daha enməz! ("The flag once raised will never fall!")[citation needed]


The national motto is depicted by the four stars enshrined within the Coat of arms of Bangladesh.
  •  Bangladesh: nationalism, secularism, socialism, and democracy
  •  Barbados: Pride and Industry[10]
  •  Belgium: Eendracht maakt macht, L'union fait la force and Einigkeit gibt Stärke (Dutch, French and German, Unity gives Strength)[11]
  •  Belize: Sub umbra floreo (Latin, Under the shade I flourish)[12]
  •  Benin: Fraternité, Justice, Travail (French, Fellowship, Justice, Labour)[13]
  •  Bermuda: "Quo fata ferunt" (Latin: Whither the fates carry us)[citation needed]
  •  Bolivia: La Unión es la Fuerza (Spanish, Unity is Strength)[14]
The national motto of Bolivia, La Unión es la Fuerza (Unity is Strength), is inscribed on the national currency.
The national motto of Brazil, Ordem e progresso (Order and progress), is inscribed on the flag.




The obverse of the French 1 euro coins displays the national motto, Liberté, égalité, fraternité (Liberty, equality, fraternity).




  •  Haiti: L'union fait la force (French, Unity makes strength)[54]
  •  Honduras: Libre, Soberana E Independiente (Spanish, Free, sovereign and independent)[55]
  •  Hungary: formerly Regnum Mariae Patrona Hungariae (Latin, Kingdom of Mary, the Patron of Hungary)
The national emblem of India has includes the motto Satyameva Jayate which means 'Truth alone triumphs' in Sanskrit
The flag of Iraq displays the national motto, Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great).



  •  Jamaica: Out of many, One People[62]
  •  Jordan: الله الوطن المليك (Allāh, Al-Waṭan, Al-Malīk) God, country, sovereign
The motto of Kiribati, Te mauri, te raoi ao te tabomoa (Health, Peace and Prosperity), is shown on the coat of arms.







The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the national motto, Īmān, Ittiḥād, Tanẓīm. (Urdu Unity, Faith, Discipline.
The coat of arms of Panama displays the national motto, Pro mundi beneficio (Latin for For the benefit of the world).

Kingdom of Portugal 1179-1910 "vis unita maior nunc et semper" (Latin,"Unity is the biggest strength, now and forever"[citation needed]

  •  Prussia: Suum cuique (Latin, To each his own)[citation needed]



The inescutcheon stands for the Serbian Nation; in a red shield, a cross between four silver firesteels arranged in the quarters around it, all of them facing horizontally outwards. The four silver firesteels stands for the Serbian letters S (C); Само Слога Србина Спасава (Only Unity Saves the Serbs).


  •  Tanzania: Uhuru na Umoja (Swahili, Freedom and Unity)[107]
  •  Thailand
    • 1873-1910 : "Sabbesamฺ samฺghabhūtānamฺ samagghī vuḍḍhi sadhikā" (Pāli: शब्बेसम् सम्घभुतनम् समग्घि भुद्धि सधिक, "Unity amongst those uniting brings about success and prosperity.") [108]
    • Following 1910 : none, unofficially "Chat, Satsana, Phra Mahakasat" (Thai: ชาติ ศาสนา พระมหากษัตริย์, "Nation, Religions, King")[109]
  •  Togo: Travail, Liberté, Patrie (French, Work, liberty, homeland)[110]
  •  Tonga: Ko e ʻOtua mo Tonga ko hoku tofiʻa (Tongan, God and Tonga are my Inheritance)[111]
  •  Trinidad and Tobago: Together we aspire, together we achieve[112]
  •  Tunisia: حرية، نظام، عدالة Ḥurrīyah, Niẓām,ʿAdālah (Arabic, Freedom, Order and Justice)[113]
  •  Turkey: Egemenlik kayıtsız şartsız milletindir. (Turkish, Sovereignty rests unconditionally with the nation)[114]
    and Yurtta sulh, cihanda sulh. (Turkish, Peace in the homeland, peace in the world.)[115]Ne mutlu Türküm diyene! (Turkish, What a happiness to say, I am Turk!)[114]
  •  Tuvalu: Tuvalu mo te Atua (Tuvaluan, Tuvalu for the Almighty)[116]


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





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  86. ^ As shown on the Coat of arms of Panama
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  90. ^ As shown on the coat of arms of the SADR
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  95. ^ As shown on the Coat of arms of San Marino
  96. ^ As shown on the flag of Saudi Arabia.
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  98. ^ As shown on the Coat of arms of Seychelles
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  100. ^ As shown on the Coat of arms of Singapore
  101. ^ As shown on the Coat of arms of Solomon Islands
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  104. ^ As shown on the Coat of arms of Sudan
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  108. ^ As appeared in the Coat of Arm of Siam
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  111. ^ As shown on the coat of arms of Tonga
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  116. ^ As shown on the coat of arms of Tuvalu
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  121. ^ As shown on the coat of arms of Zambia
  122. ^ As shown on the coat of arms of Zimbabwe

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