King's Medal of Merit
|King's Medal of Merit|
|Type||Two class medal (gold and silver)|
|Awarded for||Meritorious achievements in art, science, business, and public service|
|Established||1 February 1908|
|Total recipients||35,000 (15% of awards in gold)|
|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)
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.
Design of the Medal
- The obverse shows the head of the reigning Monarch with name and motto. To date (2015) there have been three versions: Haakon VII (1908–1957), Olav V (1957–1991), and Harald V (since 1991).
- The reverse bears a wreath and the words "KONGENS FORTJENSTMEDALJE" (Royal Medal of Merit) with the recipient's name engraved in the middle of the wreath.
- The ribbon is red with a yellow central stripe.