Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
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|Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary|
Chain of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
|Awarded by the Republic of Hungary|
|Eligibility||Citizens of Hungary and foreigners|
|Awarded for||Distinguished service to Hungary|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Flag of the Republic of Hungary|
|Related||Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary|
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary Grand Cross Star, military division
The Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (Hungarian: Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend) is the second highest State Order of Hungary. Founded in 1991, the order is a revival of an original order founded in 1946 and abolished in 1949. Its origins can be traced to the Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Hungary which existed from 1922 until 1946.
The civil division is divided into six classes of merit, whilst the military division is divided into five. The highest class, the Grand Cross with Chain, is exclusive to the civilian division and is only awarded to heads of state.
|Ribbon bars of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary|
|Grand Cross with Chain||N/A|
|Commander's Cross with Star|
|Ribbon bars of the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary|
- The medal of the Order is made on the features of the ancient Royal Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary: it consists of a white-enamelled cross edged with green, showing a central circular medallion enamelled in red showing the coat of arms of Hungary, surrounded by a wreath of green enamel.
- The star takes up the shape of the medal but is mounted on a golden radiant star.
- The ribbon is green with a red stripe and a white stripe for the civil class, while it is red with a green stripe and a white stripe for the military class.
- State Decorations[dead link], Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary
- Hungary: Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (Civilian), Medals of the World
- 1991 Law enacting the order