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Denmark has a new administrative-territorial structure and Regions replaced Amten, and also the number of municipalities was reduced. The page at http://www.rm.dk/om+regionen/aktuelt/designguide/ting+med+logo/flag shows a flag of a region (Midtjylland) and records that it is legal to put the logo on a white field, with a list of acceptable variants (vertical, hortizonal, logo centered or on the fly). There seem to exist different logos for vertical versus horizontal usage.
Valentin Poposki, Dirk Schönberger, 28 May 2008

None of the Danish regions adopted coats of arms, as far as I understand because they were not allowed to adopt arms by the law regulating the creation of the regions. The municipal structure has also been reformed, reducing the number of municipalities to 98, and the law on municipalities is explicit on the point that municipalities do have the right to adopt arms. Not that this is very much help in terms of heraldically "correct" banners, though. Only one municipality is known to have adopted a banner of arms: Frederikssund.   See: http://www.dagbladetonline.dk. Most other municipalities let their flags be design by graphic designers in public relations agencies. As a result shields, or parts of shields, are put on fields along with text. The municipality of Haderslev may serve as one example of standard rectangular flag with the shield put on a sheet along with text: http://designmanual.haderslev.dk/Menu/Skiltning+og+flag/Flag while the flags of Halsnæs municipality are examples of long format flags with shiled, text, etc: http://www.halsnaes.dk/Global/Nyheder/Flaget%20hejst%20over%20Halsnaes.aspx.

Some of the flags designed in publicity agencies seem to negate the idea of a flag, for instance one of the versions for a flag of Jammerbugt municipality, in white and light grey according to the design manual. The design manual also contains coloured versions of flags, but the grey and white flag seems to be based on the idea of a "camouflage flag".
Jan Oskar Engene, 28 May 2008

Regions have quite limited responsibilities and functions, mainly providing hospital and health services. The lack of legal authorization to adopt arms was explicitly interpreted in the press by a representative of a Ministry saying it was out of the question for the regions to have arms. This came as a response to proposals from the public that all regions adopt arms.
Jan Oskar Engene, 29 May 2008