King's Medal of Merit

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King's Medal of Merit
Kongens fortjenstmedalje

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Silver King's Medal of Merit
Awarded by Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Type Two class medal (gold and silver)
Awarded for Meritorious achievements in art, science, business, and public service
Statistics
Established 1 February 1908
Distinct
recipients
35,000 (15% of awards in gold)
Precedence
Next (higher) Medal for Heroic Deeds (gold)
Civil Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch (silver)
Next (lower) St. Olav's Medal (gold)
Defence Medal (silver)
Related Maudheim medal
Kongens fortjenstmedalje.svg
Ribbon bar of the medal

The King's Medal of Merit (Norwegian: Kongens fortjenstmedalje) is a Norwegian award. It was instituted in 1908 to reward meritorious achievements in the fields of art, science, business, and public service. It is divided in two classes: gold and silver. The medal in gold is rewarded for extraordinary achievements of importance to the nation and society. The medal in silver may be awarded for lesser achievements. The medal is suspended from a ribbon in the colours of the Royal Standard of Norway. [1]

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Royal Standard of Norway

The Royal Standard of Norway is used by the King of Norway. Of historical origin, it was introduced by Cabinet Decision of 15 November 1905, following the plebiscite confirming the election of Prince Carl of Denmark to the vacant throne after the dissolution of the union between Sweden and Norway. Under his chosen name of Haakon VII, the new king arrived in the capital Kristiania on 25 November 1905 on a ship flying the royal standard for the first time.

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The medal in gold is ranked eighth in the ranking of Norwegian orders and medals. The medal in silver is ranked 11th. [2]

Design of the Medal

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References

  1. "The King's Medal of Merit". 8 January 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  2. "Norwegian Decorations". 13 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2011.