með lögum skal land byggja

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Etymology[edit]

From með (with) + lögum the plural dative of lög (law) + skal (it shall) a form of skulu (shall) + land (land) + byggja (build). Literally meaning "with laws shall land be built", "with laws, land shall be built" or "land shall be built by laws". The phrase is the opening words of the preamble to "Jyske Lov" (Law of Jutland) issued 1241 by king Valdemar 2. in Vordingborg.

Phrase[edit]

með lögum skal land byggja

  1. "a country shall be built by laws", "the land will be built by laws", "with laws shall we build the land", the motto of Shetland, Víkingasveitin and the Icelandic Police

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