Order of Saint John in Sweden

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Coat of arms of the Order, crossing Sweden's with the Maltese cross.

The Order of Saint John in Sweden (Swedish: (S:t) Johanniterorden i Sverige)[needs Swedish IPA][a] is a Protestant chivalric order. It is a member of the Alliance of the Orders of Saint John of Jerusalem.

It was founded in 1920 in Stockholm, Sweden, as an affiliate of the German Bailiwick of Brandenburg.[1] In November 1946, it was granted a Royal Charter by King Gustav V as the Johanniterorden I Sverige. King Carl XVI Gustav is the current High Patron, and Queen Silvia is the First Honorary Member of the Order.[2]

Medals, honors, and other ceremonial decorations from the Order are officially open to all citizens; however, they are currently only awarded to members of the House of Nobility, making it a de facto noble order.


Ceremonial clothes for Knights of the Order, dating c. early 1900s:


  1. ^ Also known and recorded as the Johanniter Orden, (Order of) St John in Sweden, St. John's in Sweden and St. John of Sweden, among other minor variants. The epithet of "Saint" may be absent entirely in more zealous Protestant publications. (See Lutheran theology.)


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