Country Signs


Country signs are organized alphabetically. Major cities are categorized under the letter of their country.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z


Faeroe Islands »

Faeroe Islands - SHEEP ("V" palm up repeatedly pushes upward on underside of forearm)

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.

Fiji »

Fiji (1) - COCONUT (bent "5" fingertips touch forming a ball shape and shake by ear)

• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Fiji (2) - Index fingers cross to make an X over the knuckles, fingers tap around an imaginary horizontal circle

• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Fiji (3) - SALT (index and middle fingers of both "U" hands cross into an X, fingers wiggle alternately) moves in a horizontal circle in open space

• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.

Fiji (4) - Use "U" hands (contact like SIT) move in an imaginary horizontal circle in open space, and do not tap

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.

Finland »

Finland - (indigenous to Finland) fingertip of "X" touches center of chin (also verified by Deaf foreign exchange student from Finland)

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.
• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 5). European Countries in ASL [YouTube] (video no longer extant).
• Unification of Signs Commission of the World Federation of the Deaf. (1975).GESTUNO: International Sign Language of the Deaf. Great Britain: Hindson Print Group Newcastle upon Tyne.
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

France »

France (ASL) - "F" faces palm-out then twists at the wrist to face in

• Gatecomm. (2007, May 31). Interpreting Tidbits - Signs From France [Video File].
• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 5). European Countries in ASL [YouTube] (video no longer extant).
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

France - (indigenous 1) "F" faces palm-back then twists at the wrist to face palm-out

• Gatecomm. (2007, May 31). Interpreting Tidbits - Signs From France [Video File].
• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.

France - (LSF) LSF letter "F" faces palm-forward and moves from non-dominant to dominant side

• Sématos.edu (2013). Français [origine] (Substantif). [Video File]. Retreived July 7, 2016.
Yomma Schäfer & Sequeira Gerardo GbR. (2016, June 14). Euro 2016: Namen der Länder in Gebärdensprache [Video file]. Retrieved from YouTube

France - (Arabic sign) "5" hand touches torso with palm then moves into "F/9" hand palm-out on the dominant side

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].

France - (Auslan sign) "F" hand palm back makes the shape of a cross in front of the face, first vertical then horizontal

• Auslan Signbank. (n.d.). Auslan  Signbank Dictionary. Retreived July 21, 2014.

France - (Hungarian sign) Both "4" hands face each other with one hand fingertips forward and the other hand fingertips upward. Then alternate which hands have fingertips forward or up several times by twisting at the wrist

• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retrieved July 7, 2016.

Nantes - (LSF) Just to the side and front of the dominant side nose, the "NO" handshape and motion repeats four times (Ring finger and pinky bent, index and middle finger touching, thumb extended forward. Index/middle finger and thumb close toward each other to touch at the fingertips in a pinching movment.)

LSF Plus: Un dictionnaire? Mais bien plus! (n.d.). [French] Countries, Regions, Departments, Cities. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

Paris (ASL) -  Non-dominant "V" hand on the non-dominant side of the body faces dominant "V" hand on the dominant side of the body. Both "V" hands simultaneously move upward and inward up to a point where the fingertips align  (reminiscent of the shape of the Eiffel Tower)
*NOTE: The Hungarian sign uses "H" hands.

• Gatecomm. (2007, May 31). Interpreting Tidbits - Signs From France [Video File].
• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
LSF Plus: Un dictionnaire? Mais bien plus! (n.d.). [French] Countries, Regions, Departments, Cities. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

Paris (indigenous) - "P" initialized CENTER (middle fingertip touches center of palm)

• Gatecomm. (2007, May 31). Interpreting Tidbits - Signs From France [Video File].
• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.