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Denmark aims to count all of its flagpoles

Denmark aims to count all of its flagpoles

COPENHAGEN: The Danish Finance Ministry has asked all public institutions to report how many flagpoles they have in a move slammed as “an idiotic bit of bureaucracy”.
The Finance Ministry wants employees at all public institutions, including schools and churches, to go outside and report back on the number of flagpoles on the property.
The strange exercise came to light when an email sent to education institutions from the Danish Agency for Higher Education asking the institutions to detail “how many flagpoles fly flags from the institutions’ buildings on official flag days” became public.
When questions arose about the request, the agency, which is an organ of the Education Ministry, said it was merely passing on a request that actually stemmed from the Finance Ministry.
That ministry in turn told TV2 that the information would be used “in connection with research on the customs of the state’s flag-flying”.