It’s time to hoist the ‘Finland 100’ flag – but how?
The ongoing centenary of Finland’s independence marks a prime opportunity to raise the flag. Along with the official blue-crossed flag, the centenary can also be honoured with the ‘Finland 100’ flag. But when can one use it, and how does one choose the right flagpole for different types of flags? Hanne Huvila, expert at the Ministry of the Interior, explains the most common uses of the Finnish flag.
When is it permitted to fly a flag?
In Finland, flags may be flown freely whenever there is a reason for it. In addition to the established flag days, people are encouraged to raise the blue-crossed flag of Finland to mark family celebrations and other special occasions. Government agencies have an obligation to raise the flag on official flag-flying days.
When can the ‘Finland 100’ flag be hoisted?
It may fly every day during the centenary year. On official flag days, it can be used together with the official flag.
Can the Finnish flag and the ‘Finland 100’ flag be displayed concurrently, if two or more flagpoles are available?
Yes, they can. In that case, the Finnish flag should have the pride of place and the ‘Finland 100’ flag is hoisted at its side. If flags of several nations are displayed, they shall take precedence over the ‘Finland 100’ flag.
If you wish to display the flag of a private company or an association together with the ‘Finland 100’ flag, you can choose their order of precedence freely.
How to assign the pride of place when several flagpoles are available?
A number of factors must be considered, including whether the number of flagpoles is even or odd. The rule-of-thumb is that the position of honour usually is on the observer’s left. If the flagpoles number three or five, the position of honour is in the middle.
Can the ‘Finland 100’ flag be flown through the night? If not, when should it be lowered?
The flag-flying rules regarding the Finnish flag do not apply to the ’Finland 100’ flag. It may therefore remain up overnight if lowering the flag and hoisting it again would take excessive effort.
As for the national flag, official flag-flying hours should be observed. Under current regulations, flag flying in Finland starts at 8 a.m. and ends at sunset. In the summer, however, the national flag can be kept flying until 9 p.m. Some exceptions to this rule are Midsummer, Independence Day and election days. However, individual citizens are allowed some latitude on the basis of their working hour arrangements, for example.
Is there anything else to remember?
A precious element of the centenary, the ‘Finland 100’ flag should be treated with the same respect as the official blue-crossed flag. Care should be taken with any type of flag to ensure that it is undamaged and clean at all times. It is recommended to take good care of the ‘Finland 100’ flag and have it washed from time to time, or changed for a new one, if needed. The flag should be hoisted all the way up and attached firmly to the pole to prevent it from becoming tangled in windy weather.
More information: http://suomifinland100.fi/our-common-finland/national-symbols/?lang=en