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St. Olav's Medal

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St. Olav's Medal
St. Olavsmedaljen
Picture of medal with Oak Branch
Awarded foroutstanding services rendered in connection with the spreading of information about Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate Norwegians and their home country
Presented by Norway
Established17 March 1939

Ribbons of the medal
Next (higher)King's Medal of Merit
Next (lower)War Medal
RelatedSt. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch

The St. Olav's Medal and the St. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch were instituted by King Haakon VII of Norway on 17 March 1939. They are awarded in recognition of "outstanding services rendered in connection with the spreading of information about Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate Norwegians and their home country".

The medals are in silver,[1] surmounted by the Royal Crown. On the obverse is the portrait of the reigning King with his name and motto. On the reverse, St. Olav's cross. Above the medal is the monogram of the reigning King. It is worn on the left side of the breast with the ribbon of the Order of St. Olav. The medal ranks 9th in the order of precedence of Norwegian medals.

When awarded for services rendered in wartime, the medal carries an oak branch and ranks 6th in the order of precedence of Norwegian medals.

Recipients of the medal[edit]

A complete searchable list of medal recipients can be found here.

  • 1939 Henry Poynter Burnett, Commander (late Rear Admiral), USN
  • 1939 Brenda Ueland, author and teacher, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • c1942 Captain Andrew Henry, O.B.E. ref. Shetland Family History www.bayanne.info/Shetland Person I.D. I53644
  • 1944 Egil Melsom, Assistant Engineer on the M/T Gallia[2]
  • 1951 Rev. Bent Emil Carlsen, known as "Pastor", of Milton, Massachusetts; in recognition of his work among Norwegians in America.
  • 1954 Percy Grainger, Australian composer and pianist
  • 1964 Marianne Schigutt, Austrian diplomat
  • 1969 Josef Knap, Czechoslovak poet
  • 1976 Helen Svensson Fletre, Swedish born Norwegian-American journalist; In 1976, King Olav bestowed the St. Olav's medal on her - for her sesquicentennial work and for her many years of service to Norway. Wife of Norwegian Artist Lars Fletre
  • 1993 Margaret Miller, genealogist, Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • 1994 Bradley Ellingboe, editor and translator, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1994 Kristin Brudevoll, former Director of Norla.[3]
  • 1995 Lyuba Gorlina, Russian translator[4]
  • 2002 Andrea Een, Hardanger fiddler, Northfield, Minnesota[5]
  • 2005 Stan Boreson, entertainer, Seattle, Washington[6]
  • 2008 Trygve Gunnar Morkemo[7]
  • 2010 Dean Madden for his contributions to the Vesterheim Museum[8]
  • 2014 Ewart Parkinson, OBE, town planner, Cardiff, Wales, for his role in saving and rebuilding the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay[9]
  • 2017 Glo Wollen, Petersburg, Alaska[10]
  • 2022 Nina Malterud, Norwegian ceramist[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hieronymussen, Poul Ohm; Lundø, Jørgen, eds. (1968). Eurooppalaiset kunniamerkit värikuvina [Europæiske ordner i farver] (in Finnish). Translated by Karnila, Christer. Porvoo: WSOY. p. 103. OCLC 466954328.
  2. ^ "M/T Gallia - Norwegian Merchant Fleet 1939-1945".
  3. ^ "Kristin Brudevoll". Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). nbl.snl.no. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Månedens oversetter: Ljubov Gorlina (1926-2013)" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Literature Abroad. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Tildelinger av ordener og medaljer".
  6. ^ Manry, Kaitlin (2010-09-16). "Stan Boreson can't stop singing". HeraldNet. The Daily Herald Co., Everett, WA. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  7. ^ "Trygve Morkemo awarded with the St. Olav medal". Norway.org. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  8. ^ Editor, BOB FALLSTROM-H&R Community News (28 April 2010). "Dean Madden personally receives St. Olav Medal". Herald-Review.com. Retrieved 2020-01-01. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  9. ^ "In brief: Ewart Parkinson presented with medal".
  10. ^ "Petersburg resident receives medal from King of Norway". KTOO Public Media. 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  11. ^ "Nina Malterud utnevnes til Ridder 1. klasse av Den Kongelige Norske St. Olavs Orden" (in Norwegian). Universitet Bergen. 24 August 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2022.

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