Country Signs


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

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Namibia »

Namibia - Bent index finger of "B" hand to look like missing half a finger, palm back and fingers face downward

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.
• 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.
• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Nauru »

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Nepal »

Nepal - Starting on the left side, modified "C" hand bounces three times in front of the body while moving horizontally to the right

• 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 7). Asian Countries in ASL [YouTube]. (video no longer extant)
• Piersall, Lindsey (ASL interpreter). (2009). Personal communication regarding signs learned from international deaf persons and interpreters at linguistics conference in England.

The Netherlands »

*NOTE: The Holland.com website explains the difference between the two terms Holland and the Netherlands. "The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland. Nevertheless, the official name of the country is the (Kingdom of the) Netherlands. The Netherlands consists out of twelve provinces. Two of them, North and South Holland, are the two provinces that together make Holland. Due to the maritime and economic power of these provinces in the 17th century, the Netherlands became known worldwide as Holland. To make matters even more confusing the inhabitants of the Netherlands are called Dutch."

The Netherlands / Holland -  "5" fingers touch over the ears then swoop outward and opposite into flat "O"s

• Auslan Signbank. (n.d.). Auslan Signbank Dictionary. Retreived July 21, 2014.
• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• 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.

New Caledonia »

New Caledonia - GROW (flat O moves up through stationary C hand then becomes a "5")  then open "5" hand breezes over and behind the head

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

New Zealand »

New Zealand (1) - Begin with "N" touching center of palm, then right hand slides down, curves, bends, and comes back up into the center of left palm as a bent "B" (This is essentially spelling N-Z in the two-handed BSL/Auslan manual alphabet.)

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Auslan Signbank. (n.d.). Auslan Signbank Dictionary. Retreived July 21, 2014.
• 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.
• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

New Zealand (2) - (Japanese sign) Make a fist with the right hand and extend the thumb and index finger as if getting ready to pinch something, then place the fingers in front of the nose with the palm pointing left and make a motion down toward the chest as if drawing a kiwi bird's nose extending from your own ending with the fingers pinching together.

• Information Technology Information Center. (2012). Signs for Countries: English-Speaking Countries in Japanese Sign Language. Retrieved June 14, 2012.

New Zealand (3) - (Japanese sign) Hold the open left hand fingers up and palm out in front of the left shoulder. Make a fist with the right hand and extend the index and middle fingers. Touch the left palm with the tips of the index and middle fingers and then move them downward toward the heel of the palm, stopping in the center. Next, make contact with the center of the left palm with the tips of all four fingers on the right hand except the thumb while pointing the left palm to the left.

• Information Technology Information Center. (2012). Signs for Countries: English-Speaking Countries in Japanese Sign Language. Retrieved June 14, 2012.

Nicaragua »

Nicaragua (1) - Both hands "N" shape, dominant taps mid-index of non-dominant several times to form a T shape with the hands

• Seekgeo. (2008, July 24). ASL Tour Guide Course In Nicaragua [You Tube].

Nicaragua (2) - Both open NO (thumb touching bottom of "U") fingertips touch then close into flat "O"s as they move out to the sides

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

Nicaragua (3) - "N" initialized COUNTRY (palm touches elbow and rubs in a circular motion)

• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.

Niger »

Niger (1) - "F" bend hand at wrist so that palm faces back with fingertips down

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.

Niger (2) - "N" fingertips touch the top of palm-down B hand then raise upward

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

Nigeria »

Nigeria (1) - "N" hand moves in toward face with a slight vertical circular movment to end with thumb side of "N" hand touching on cheek next to lips

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.
• Umberger, Larry (Deaf). Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Nigeria (2) - "N" palm-out, wiggles while held at the dominant side of the mouth

• Bar-Tzur, David. (n.d.). Indigenous signs for countries by region. Retrieved August 6, 2009 from The Interpreter's Friend website.

Nigeria (3) - (Saudi sign) "U" touches dominant cheek then transitions down into "N" on the cheek

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

Nigeria (4) - Flat side of index finger on "N" touches side of chin and wiggles at wrist slightly

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

Norway »

Norway - Palm-back "H" hand draws a sideways Z (reminiscent of the outline of mountains)

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retrieved July 20, 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.