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


Vanuatu »

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Vatican City »

Vatican City - "H" hand palm facing left, draws a cross, first vertical then horizontal

• 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.

Vietnam »

Vietnam (New ASL) - Fingertips of index and thumb touch over the lips then separate to opposite sides, tracing down over the top of the lips, ending in an "L" handshape in front of the mouth

• Fontaine, Aaron (Deaf). (2006, November 6). Personal communication.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 7). Asian Countries in ASL [YouTube]. (video no longer extant)

Vietnam (Old ASL) - Fingerspell "V.N." at corner of dominant eye

• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 7). Asian Countries in ASL [YouTube]. (video no longer extant)

Vietnam (1) - (Used in Hanoi District) Palm out "V" makes an S shape

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

Vietnam (2) - (Used in Ho Chi Ming district) Fingertips of "H" handshape touches nose then touches just below non-dominant shoulder on the chest

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies (
日本手話研究所). (2009). Sign Languages in Asia. [Video File] Retrieved Sept. 25, 2014.

Vietnam (3) - (Used in a Vietnamese Deaf School) "V" palm-out moves from center space toward dominant side then becomes an "N" and moves down diagonally toward non-dominant side.
NOTE: This sign is reminiscent of the shape of the country and was established by the staff of the Deaf School in Vietnam in 2002.

• Pearson, Pamela Jean (ASL Interpreter). (August 2016) Personal Communication about a Deaf Vietnamese student's experience in Vietnam.

Vietnam (Auslan) - Both "B" fingertips touch temple on respective sides of the head, then swoop out and bend, then straighten to touch cheek

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

Venezuela »

Venezuela (1) - "V" slightly zigzags downward vertically

• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

Venezuela (2) - (Gestuno variation) Palm-out "V" moves left to right in short motions but does not move downward

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

Vojvodina »

Illustration of a person signing something on the opposite shoulder. Handshape unclear.  

Vojvodina - Illustration unclear (see WFD Country Name-Signs book, p. 37)

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