Orders, decorations, and medals of Sweden

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Orders of Sweden constituting the Royal Order of Knights

The Orders, decorations, and medals of Sweden have a historical basis, reaching back to the 1606 founding of the extinct Jehova Order. The Royal Order of Knights of Sweden were only truly codified in the 18th century, with their formal foundation in 1748 by Frederick I of Sweden. Significant reforms in 1974 changed the conditions and criteria under which many orders and decorations could be awarded.[1]

Chart comparing Swedish medal size scale to millimeters scale

Orders[edit]

Royal orders of knighthood[edit]

Orders of knighthood under royal patronage[edit]

Fraternal orders under royal patronage[edit]

Decorations and medals of the Royal Orders[edit]

  • Seraphim Medal
  • Medal of the Sword
  • Royal Order of Vasa - Silvercross (Vasasign)
  • Medal of the Royal Order of the Polar Star - 8th size
  • Medal of the Royal Order of Vasa in Gold, 5th size
  • Medal of the Royal Order of Vasa in Silver, 5th size

Royal Medals presented by the King[edit]

Royal Medals presented by the Government[edit]

  • Illis Quorum [9]
  • Medal for Commendable Deeds
  • Medal for Civic Virtue
  • Medal for Diligent Reindeer Husbandry

War decorations[edit]

Military medals[edit]

Military medals:[10]

  • Swedish Armed Forces Medal for wounded in battle (Försvarsmaktens medalj för sårad I strid)(2011-)
    • gold (Only Posthumously awarded)
    • silver with star (repeatedly awards)
    • silver
  • Swedish Armed Forces Medal of Merit (Försvarsmaktens förtjänstmedalj) (1995-2008)
    • gold with swords
    • silver with swords
    • gold
    • silver
  • Swedish Armed Forces Reward Medal with Swords for International Service (Försvarsmaktens belöningsmedalj med svärd för internationella insatser) (1995-2008)
    • gold
    • silver
  • Swedish Armed Forces Medal of Merit (2008-)
    • gold
    • silver
  • Swedish Armed Forces Conscript Medal (2002-2010)
  • Swedish Armed Forces Reserve Officer Medal (2003/2008-)
    • gold
    • silver
  • Swedish Armed Forces Service Medal for National Defense (Försvarsmaktens medalj för rikets försvar) (2015-)
  • Swedish Armed Forces Medal for International Service (1991/1994/2012-)
    • bronze
    • with medal clasp (Name of the mission area)
    • with medal clasp and laurel wreath (Honorary Award)
    • with medal clasp and palm (Field hospital in Saudi Arabia)
    • with medal clasp and crossed spears (Somalia)
    • with medal clasp and Star (Liberia)
    • with medal clasp and a Dromedary (Early missions in Afghanistan)
    • with medal clasp and laurel wreth (Georgia OSSE, Former Yugoslavia)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orders, Swedish Royal Court, date accessed 2011-04-22.
  2. ^ "The Order of the Seraphim - Sveriges Kungahus". 
  3. ^ "The Order of the Sword - Sveriges Kungahus". 
  4. ^ "The Order of the Polar Star - Sveriges Kungahus". 
  5. ^ "The Order of Vasa - Sveriges Kungahus". 
  6. ^ "Orders - Sveriges Kungahus". 
  7. ^ Kungahuset, The Orders in Sweden
  8. ^ Medals, Swedish Royal Court, date accessed 2011-04-24
  9. ^ Medals and Awards, Government of Sweden, 31 August 2010.
  10. ^ Laestadius, Patrik, ed. (2015). Reglemente: uniformsbestämmelser 2015 : Unibest FM 2015 (PDF) (in Swedish). Stockholm: Swedish Armed Forces. pp. 604–605. LIBRIS 19513428.