Order of Vasa

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Royal Order of Vasa
Kungliga Vasaorden
Order of the Vasa Knight 1st Class Cross 001.jpg
Knight 1st Class Cross of the Swedish Order of the Vasa (1945)
Awarded by the monarch of Sweden
TypeFive grade order of merit
Established1772 - 1975
Royal house Bernadotte
EligibilitySwedish and foreign citizens
Awarded forServices to agriculture, mining, art, trade, industry, crafts and education.
StatusRarely constituted
Sovereign King Carl XVI Gustaf
Chancellor Ingemar Eliasson [1]
GradesCommander Grand Cross (KmstkVO)
Commander 1st Class (KVO1kl)
Commander (KVO)
Knight/Member 1st Class (RVO1kl/LVO1kl)
Knight/Member (RVO/LVO)
First induction1772
Next (higher) Royal Order of the Polar Star
Next (lower) Order of Charles XIII
SWE Order of Vasa - Knight 2nd Class BAR.png
Ribbon bar of the order

The Royal Order of Vasa (Kungliga Vasaorden) is a Swedish order of chivalry, awarded to citizens of Sweden for service to state and society especially in the fields of agriculture, mining and commerce. It was instituted on 29 May 1772 by King Gustav III. It was unrestricted by birth or education and could therefore be awarded to anyone (as opposed to the Order of the Polar Star, which was intended as a reward for the learned professions). It was the most junior of all the Swedish orders. It was often awarded to Norwegian subjects of the dual monarchy until Oscar I founded the Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1847. Since 1974 the order is no longer conferred: officially it has been declared as "dormant", along with the Order of the Sword.


The Swedish royal barge Vasaorden  [ sv ] takes its name from the order.


The Order had five classes:

Additionally, the Badge of Vasa and the Vasa Medal, were both worn on a ribbon on the left chest.

Insignia and habit


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  1. Hovkalender 2010 [ permanent dead link ], Office of the Marshal of the Realm, retrieved 2010-07-07

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