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 flag, coat of arms, or currency. Some countries choose not to have a national motto.



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.


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 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").



Proletarians of all countries, unite!, is inscribed on the Coat of arms of the Soviet Union as shown.





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






  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.'"[149]


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  73. As shown on the flag of Iraq.
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  107. As shown on the Coat of arms of Panama
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  119. As shown on the coat of arms of São Tomé and Príncipe.
  120. As shown on the coat of arms of Sarawak.
  121. As shown on the flag of Saudi Arabia.
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  132. As shown on the Coat of arms of Sudan
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  144. As shown on the coat of arms of Tuvalu
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  152. As shown on the coat of arms of Zambia.
  153. As shown on the coat of arms of Zimbabwe.
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