Orders, decorations, and medals of Norway

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National Service Medal,
army version

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.

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. Armed Forces Medal for Heroic Deeds
12. King Haakon VII Freedom Medal
13. Medal for Heroism in Silver
14. Medal for Rescue at Sea
15. Nansen Medal for Outstanding Research
16. Norwegian Police Cross of Honor
17. Civil Defence Cross of Honor
18. Norwegian Defence Cross of Honour
19. Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch
20. Police Service Medal with Laurel Branch
21. Civil Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch
22. King's Medal of Merit in Silver
23. Defence Medal 1940 – 1945
24. Home Guard Medal of Merit
25. The Norwegian Korea Medal
26. Maudheim Medal
27. Antarctic Medal
28. H. M. The King's Commemorative Medal in Gold
29. The Royal House 100th Anniversary Medal
30. King Haakon VII's Commemorative Medal
31. King Haakon VII's Anniversary Medal 1905–1930
32. King Haakon VII's Anniversary Medal 1905-1955
33. King Haakon VII 70th Anniversary Medal
34. King Haakon VII's 100th Anniversary 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. H. M. The King's Commemorative Medal in Silver
39. Defence Service Medal
40. Police Medal
41. Civil Defence Service Medal
42. Wounded in Action Medal
43. Armed Forces Medal for International Operations
44. Police Medal for International Service
45. Civil Defence Medal for International Service

46. 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

47. 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

48. National Service Medal

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

Royal Family Orders[edit]

Foreign decorations[edit]

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


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 Militærkorset med sverd Militærkorset med sverd
25 Militærkorset Militærkorset with or without bars

Other foreign decorations[edit]


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.


Civil medals of skill[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.

Other approved Norwegian medals[edit]


No longer awarded[edit]

Star of the Order of the Norwegian lion.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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