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Finland Releases National Emoji Collection (theguardian.com) 93

jones_supa writes: Finland has rolled out images of a couple in a sauna, a legendary Nokia phone (the 3310) and a heavy metal music fan as part of a set of official national emojis to be used in communication. Billing the use of national symbols for themed emojis as a world first, the government plans to publish the full set in December – for anyone in the world to download on its promotional website. "The Finland emojis were designed with a tongue in cheek approach, but I hope that they will tell the world not only about our special features but also something about our strengths," said Petra Theman, director for public diplomacy at the foreign ministry.
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Finland Releases National Emoji Collection

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  • Is there a proper 'tongue-in-cheek' emoji?

  • Is there one for your kernel patch is braindead and you're a moron?
  • by locoluis ( 69948 ) on Friday November 06, 2015 @03:36PM (#50879207) Homepage Journal

    They're not official until they get their own Unicode block.

    I applaud the idea as a jab against the many emoji that are specific to Japan that got through Unicode's standardization process (*cough*U+1F5FF*cough*). Because if Japan could do it, why Finland can't?

    • Re:Official? Hah. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Friday November 06, 2015 @03:43PM (#50879263) Homepage

      Are emojis even characters? Or just graphics?

      Occasionally I'll know someone who wants to send me a text using their stupid custom emojis. It comes into my phone as blank, mostly because the whole fucking point it to make me download their shit, and probably track me.

      As far as I can tell, most emojis are just graphic files, and used in such a way that I am supposed to give a shit you wanted to send "champagne champagne monkey poop rhinoceros" like that's some form of language.

      Except for old school text-driven emojis, I generally find the prevalence of emojis is inversely proportional to my giving a damn about what is being said.

      Like that one lady in the office who always insists on changing the background and font of her emails so they all look like they were sent by a 12 year old.

      I see "official national emojis" and I want to shoot someone.

      • and I want to "gun skull" someone.

      • Occasionally I'll know someone who wants to send me a text using their stupid custom emojis. It comes into my phone as blank, mostly because the whole fucking point it to make me download their shit, and probably track me.

        As far as I can tell, most emojis are just graphic files,

        They're just binary data strings, 16-bits per "character" instead of 7- or 8-bits like regular SMS text. Your phone (or rather, the SMS app) has to have the graphics which correspond to the Unicode emojis though (64k possible on

      • Are emojis even characters? Or just graphics?

        What's the difference between a character and a graphic?

        • A character can typically be represented by a font, while graphics tend to allow multiple colors.

    • by KGIII ( 973947 )

      I typed that in. WTF is that emoji supposed to be? I don't think it will work here but... Nope, preview says it doesn't work. WTF is that?

  • by SeaFox ( 739806 ) on Friday November 06, 2015 @03:43PM (#50879267)

    Another sign Idiocracy is the way we are going: the government feels using cutsy pictograms is an alternative to real sentences.

  • by Obfuscant ( 592200 ) on Friday November 06, 2015 @03:43PM (#50879269)

    but I hope that they will tell the world not only about our special features but also something about our strengths

    Finland's strength is in abandoning modern human languages and reverting to a hieroglyphic method of communication similar to the ancient Egyptians. Their strength is also in eliminating the need for language or spelling classes in their educational system, thereby saving tons of money. 0xffe3 0xf329 0x3f87!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Have you met any Finns?
      Their primary form of communication is to not.
      Their secondary form of communication is blunt.

      • Have you met any Finns?
        Their primary form of communication is to not.
        Their secondary form of communication is blunt.

        And their third form of communication is to drunkenly cry and hug and kiss you.

        I'm serious. I have Finnish friends. They drink a lot. Maybe it's because it starts to get dark there at like 10 in the morning. One of the ways you can tell Finns are approaching the point of alcohol poisoning is when they start crying and hugging and kissing you.

        Also, for some reason I have not been able to fa

  • Is it going to have satwcomic's 'special' lion with a sword thru the forehead?

  • 3 emojis does not a collection make young padawan!
  • The emoji of the people in the sauna shows them as being naked. This is highly offensive to most religious people.

    In highly related news, the following articles were linked in the story from TFA:
    http://www.theguardian.com/wor... [theguardian.com]
    http://www.theguardian.com/wor... [theguardian.com]

    • The emoji of the people in the sauna shows them as being naked. This is highly offensive to most religious people.

      I don't think Finns really give a shit. If you're worried about seeing naked people then you probably shouldn't go to Finland [facebook.com].

      • Your sarcasm detector is broken. Did you not check the other links in my post there?

        As for your linked photo there, I sure hope that was taken in the summertime. It gets really cold in Finland.

  • The western world has enjoyed adding a bit of color and play to simple text messaging by mixing words and pictures for centuries. Rebus [usf.edu]

    The geek of course has his emoticons with their roots in the IRC chat and telegraphy. How to Type Emoticons [wikihow.com] ASCII art is as old as the typewriter.

    The geek's distaste for emoji is irrational. The use of pictographs to supplement and enrich terse messages sent over low bandwidth connections makes perfect sense, as does building a strong visual as well as verbal vocabulary.

    • The western world has enjoyed adding a bit of color and play to simple text messaging by mixing words and pictures for centuries. Rebus

      /picture of University of Oregon mascot/ - 'ck' + /picture of people having sex/ - 'ck' + /picture of happy person/ - /5280 feet/

      Dufus.

      Which took less time to type and was easier for you to understand? Which used a standard 101 key keyboard versus a huge keyboard that takes an hour to find the right character?

      The geek's distaste for emoji is irrational. The use of pictographs to supplement and enrich terse messages sent over low bandwidth connections

      Why yes, sending an image instead of five or ten one byte characters is soo much more efficient. Or using a 3,000 element character set instead of 128.

      If you didn't get it at all: "duck" - ck

    • The distaste is rational. They are inefficient to use and inefficient to render an idea. Having an official list is amazingly irrational. If your ideas are correct then having an official list (like the unicode emojis) is highly counterproductive compared to just drawing your own pictograph.

      Sure, *some* pictographs are fine. The exclamation point and question mark are essentially symbols to represent something not easily rendered in words. A smiley face is a very simple clue to the writer's emotions (a

  • I have a Nokia 635 so I'll be able to use these!

  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Friday November 06, 2015 @05:16PM (#50879995) Journal

    Egyptians had emojis like over 4000 years ago. The rest of us are just now catching up.

  • Finns will understand

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