Tuesday 5 May 2009

Europe day: Flying the flag(s) in Finland

In Finland the Ministry of the Interior requests government institutions to fly the national flag on Europe Day 9 May, and the Ministry recommends that private properties do the same. If possible, the European flag should be flown alongside the national flag.

A small symbolic gesture from the Government, but positive all the same, although the practice is not wide-spread outside public bodies.

Finland joined the European Union with Austria and Sweden on 1 January 1995, bringing the number of EU member states to 15.

Ralf Grahn

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