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Protocol Office Article 2012.04.01 Or­der of dis­play

Section V paragraph 2 of the Federal Government Decree concerning flag displays at official buildings of the Federation governs the order of display for multiple flags. In this context, one speaks of the superior position, which is on the left when facing the flags from outside the grounds, installation or facility. In principle, the European flag and the federal (institutional) flags are to be displayed in the superior positions. 

Most of the Länder have the same rules as the Federation for the order of display. However, several have different rules or none at all, or define the superior position differently. 

The order of display for the 16 Länder (see “Flag rules of the Länder”) indicate the differences and similarities of flag display in a federal system.

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