Lower Saxony Order of Merit

The Lower Saxony Order of Merit (German: Niedersächsischer Verdienstorden) is a civil order of merit, of the German State of Lower Saxony. The order was established 27 March 1961.[2] The order is presented in three classes, the highest is the Grand Cross of Merit (Großes Verdienstkreuz), the next is the Cross of Merit First Class (Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse), and the lowest is the Cross of Merit on Ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande).[3]

Lower Saxony Order of Merit
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Awarded by the Minister-President of Lower Saxony
TypeCivil order of merit
Awarded forOutstanding contributions to the state of Lower Saxony[1]
Established27 March 1961
Next (higher)Lower Saxony State Medal (Niedersächsische Landesmedaille)
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Ribbon bar of the order


  1. ^ "State awards and honours in Lower Saxony". State-chancellery.niedersachsen.de. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Beschluss des Niedersächsischen Landesministeriums über die Stiftung des Niedersächsischen Verdienstordens" (PDF) (in German). Das Niedersächsische Landesministerium. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Staatliche Auszeichnungen und Ehrungen". stk.niedersachsen.de/portal/ (in German). Niedersachsen Staatskanzlei. Retrieved 13 April 2012.