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Protocol Office Article 2012.04.01 Flag dis­play cal­en­der

Because the Länder and local governments have their own responsibilities regarding national symbols, including flags, there may be differences between Länder and the Federation and between different Länder with regard to regularly recurring general flag display days. For example, in the federal capital Berlin, the representations of the Länder to the Federation display flags every day. Some Länder representations fly only the Land institutions flag, while others may also fly the federal flag and the European flag. 

Most of the Länder follow the Federal Government Decree, Section V paragraph 5 regarding the time of display: “from sunrise – but not, however, before 7:00 a.m. – until sunset”. In Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, flags may be hoisted starting at 7:00 a.m., while in Rhineland-Palatinate they may not be hoisted until 8:00 a.m. Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Brandenburg and Hesse refer to “nightfall” as the time to lower flags. In Saxony, flags must be lowered by 19:00; in Schleswig-Holstein, flags may be displayed only "during the day".



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