Flag days in Finland

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Various days are referred to as Flag days in Finland.

Legal enforcement

By law, the Finnish flag must be flown from public buildings on the following days:[1]

Days on which flying the Finnish flag is an established custom

It has become customary to fly the Finnish flag on the following occasions. The dates are also listed in the Finnish State Calendar compiled by the University of Helsinki, and it is recommended that the flag is flown on these occasions in the same way as on those prescribed by law.[2]


The flag is flown from 8 AM to sunset; however, even in summer at most to 9 PM. There are three exceptions:

  • on Midsummer the flag is flown from 6 PM on Midsummer Eve to 9 PM on Midsummer Day
  • on Independence Day the flag is flown from 8 AM to 8 PM.
  • on election days, if the election goes on after sunset, the flag is flown from 8 AM to 8 PM

See also


  1. Asetus liputuksesta Suomen lipulla (383/1978). (Decree on flying the Finnish flag), 2§ as changed with decree 187/1996. Retrieved 2-6-2008. (Finnish)
  2. Vakiintuneet liputuspäivät (Customary flag days). Finnish ministry of interior affairs. Retrieved 2-6-2008. (Finnish)
  3. Ministry of the Interior - The days the flag is flown. Retrieved 27 May 2012.