Orders, decorations, and medals of Norway

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This is a list of Norwegian orders and medals, in order of precedence. This list contains all medals approved for wearing on a Norwegian military uniform in ranked order.

Group 1: Awarded by or approved by H.M. The King[edit]

Those awards presented by or approved by the King of Norway are worn in an order of precedence established by Royal Decree of 11 June 1943, with subsequent additions.[1]

1. War Cross With Sword
2. Medal for Outstanding Civic Service
3. Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
4. Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
5. Haakon VII Freedom Cross
6. St. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch
7. Medal for Heroism in Gold
8. King's Medal of Merit in Gold
9. St. Olav's Medal
10. War Medal
11. King's Medal of Merit
12. Armed Forces Medal for Heroic Deeds
13. King Haakon VII Freedom Medal
14. Medal for Heroism in Silver
15. Medal for Rescue at Sea
16. Nansen Medal for Outstanding Research
17. Norwegian Police Cross of Honor
18. Civil Defence Cross of Honor
19. Norwegian Defence Cross of Honour
20. Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch
21. Police Service Medal with Laurel Branch
22. Civil Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch
23. Defence Medal 1940 – 1945
24. Home Guard Medal of Merit
24a. Army Medal of Merit
24b. Navy Medal of Merit
24c. Air Force Medal of Merit
24d. Intelligence Service Medal of Merit
25. Norwegian Korea Medal
26. Maudheim Medal
27. Antarctic Medal
28. H. M. The King's Commemorative Medal in Gold
29. Royal House Centennial Medal
30. King Haakon VII Commemorative Medal
31. King Haakon VII 1905–1930 Jubilee Medal
32. King Haakon VII 1905–1955 Jubilee Medal
33. King Haakon VII 70th Anniversary Medal
34. King Haakon VII Centennial Medal
35. King Olav V's Commemorative Medal
36. King Olav V's Anniversary Medal 1957-1982
37. King Olav V's 100th Anniversary Medal
38. King Harald V's Jubilee Medal 1991-2016
39. H. M. The King's Commemorative Medal in Silver
40. Defence Service Medal
41. Police Service Medal
42. Civil Defence Service Medal
43. Wounded in Action Medal
44. Armed Forces Medal for International Operations
45. Police Medal for International Service
46. Civil Defence Medal for International Service

47. Medals for Defence Service Abroad

Medal for Defence Service Abroad with rosette
Medal for Defence Service Abroad
Medal for Defence Service Abroad - Afghanistan
Medal for Defence Service Abroad - Saudi Arabia
Medal for Defence Service Abroad - Balkans

48. Medals for Defence Operations Abroad

Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Bosnia-Herzegovina
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Kosovo-Serbia-Montenegro
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Afghanistan
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Operation Active Endeavour
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Iraq
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Operation Baltic Accession
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Sudan
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Lebanon
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Chad
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Somalia
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Libya
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Syria
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad - Mali
Medal for Defence Operations Abroad – Mediterranean Sea

49. National Service Medal

National Service Medal - Army
National Service Medal - Navy
National Service Medal - Air Force
National Service Medal - National Guard

— For obvious reasons not worn on uniform:

Killed in Action Medal

Royal Family Orders[edit]

Royal Family order of King Haakon VII
1. Royal Family Order of King Haakon VII of Norway
2. Royal Family Order of King Olav V of Norway
3. Royal Family Order of King Harald V of Norway

These are not worn on uniform.

Group 2: Foreign state decorations[edit]

Decorations that are awarded or approved by foreign heads of state. They are ranked as follows: British, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Swedish, other countries are ranked alphabetically by their name in French.

Group 3: Decorations of UN, NATO, EU and similar[edit]

Decorations from international operations led by UN, NATO and other international organisations. The Multinational Force and Observers Medal and PLANELM Medal are also placed in this group.

Group 4: Other Norwegian decorations[edit]

Nr. Ribbon Name Note
1 Norsk Militært Tidsskrifts medalje for besvarelse av prisoppgave Norsk Militært Tidsskrifts medalje
for besvarelse av prisoppgave
2 Medaljen for lang og tro tjeneste Medaljen for lang og tro tjeneste
3 Sjømilitære Samfunds medalje for besvarelse av prisoppgave Sjømilitære Samfunds medalje
for besvarelse av prisoppgave
4 Det frivillige Skyttervesens fortjenstmedalje Det frivillige Skyttervesens fortjenstmedalje
5 Sjømilitære Samfunds fortjenstmedalje Sjømilitære Samfunds fortjenstmedalje
6 Norges Røde Kors hederstegn Norges Røde Kors hederstegn
7 Norske Reserveoffiserers Forbunds hederstegn Norske Reserveoffiserers Forbunds hederstegn
8 Norges Skytterforbunds hederstegn Norges Skytterforbunds hederstegn
9 Norges militære kameratforbunds hederstegn Norges militære kameratforbunds hederstegn
10 Norges Forsvarsforenings verneidrettsmedalje Norges Forsvarsforenings verneidrettsmedalje
11 Det frivillige Skyttervesens hederstegn Det frivillige Skyttervesens hederstegn
12 Krigsdeltagerforbundets hederstegn Krigsdeltagerforbundets hederstegn
13 Hans Majestet Kongens Gardes medalje Hans Majestet Kongens Gardes medalje gold, silver, bronze
14 De Norske Officerers Rideklubs hederstegn De Norske Officerers Rideklubs hederstegn
15 Norges Forsvarsforenings hederstegn Norges Forsvarsforenings hederstegn
16 Tysklandsbrigadens veteranmedalje Tysklandsbrigadens veteranmedalje
17 Norges Lotteforbunds hederstegn Norges Lotteforbunds hederstegn
18 Fredsprismedaljen 1988 FNs fredsprismedalje 1988
19 Norges Veteranforbund for Internasjonale Operasjoners hederstegn Norges Veteranforbund for Internasjonale
Operasjoners hederstegn
gold, silver, bronze
20 Oslo Militære Samfunds hederstegn Oslo Militære Samfunds hederstegn gold, silver, bronze
21 Luftmilitært Samfunds hederstegn Luftmilitært Samfunds hederstegn
22 Norsk Aero Klubbs hederstegn Norsk Aero Klubbs hederstegn
23 Politiets Afghanistanmedalje Politiets Afghanistanmedalje
24 Hakon Hansens gullmedalje Hakon Hansens gullmedalje
25 Forsvarets seniorforbunds hederstegn Forsvarets seniorforbunds hederstegn
26 Brigadeveteranforbundet Hederstegn Brigadeveteranforbundet Hederstegn

Group 5: Other foreign decorations[edit]

Foreign awards that do not fall into any of the groups above can be approved for use on Norwegian military uniform upon application. The order of wear as for group 2.

Group 6: Medals awarded for military skills[edit]

These decorations are most often divided in three classes: bronze, silver and gold. They are most often awarded as metal badges, but if the gold requirements are met over several years a medal is awarded.

Since 2008, the above medals were no longer approved worn on uniform, and got replaced by the following medals in 2012:

Civil medals of skills[edit]

These share most of the characteristics of the badges and medals awarded for military skills, but the requirements may vary more. They may only be worn on military uniform as medals.

Since 2008,the above medals are no longer approved worn on uniform. The requirements for these medals can be a part of earning the current military medals (see above).

Additional civil skills medal no longer approved worn on uniform:

Foreign medals of skills[edit]

Foreign military and civilian skill medals are generally not permitted to be used on Norwegian military uniforms, unless permission has been applied and granted. Such skill medals then rank very last, after all other awards and skill marks.

The following foreign skill mark is approved:

Unit citations[edit]

The Norwegian Armed Forces does not have any unit citations.

Norwegian personnel who have fought in departments that have been honored with a foreign unit citation or unit award and who have received a ribbon as a sign of this, are allowed to wear these in Norwegian uniform, but then separate from other ribbon stripes and located below these.

Unit citations in the form of ribbons are not worn with medals.

The US Navy Presidential Unit Citation is an example of a foreign unit citation given to Norwegian personnel.

No longer awarded[edit]

Star of the Order of the Norwegian lion.

The Military cross, in both versions, are since 2014 no longer approved worn on uniform. Personnel still serving got it converted to other medals. Similarly has the Medal for International Operations with Golden Laurel Branch been converted for personnel still serving.

Approved worn on uniform in the years 1961–1981:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norwegian Decorations". Monarchy Today. The Royal House of Norway. Retrieved 28 April 2015.

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