Orders, decorations, and medals of Sweden

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]

Orders of Sweden constituting the Royal Order of Knights

In 2019, a parliamentary committee was instructed to establish guidelines on how to re-introduce the Swedish orders, including the Order of the Polar Star, into the Swedish honours system, and how Swedish citizens again can be appointed to Swedish orders.[2] The committee presented its findings in September 2021 and the Government has declared that a bill on the subject would be presented to the Riksdag on April 19th 2022. The bill passed the Riksdag by a large majority on 19 June 2022.

On 20 December 2022, the Swedish Government published a new regulation that repealed the 1974 regulation, and once again opened the Royal Orders to Swedish citizens again and reactivated the Sword Order and Vasa Order, to be in effect from 1 February 2023.[3][4]

Chart comparing Swedish medal size scale to millimeters scale


Royal orders of knighthoodEdit

Orders of knighthood under royal patronageEdit

Fraternal orders under royal patronageEdit

Decorations and medals of the Royal OrdersEdit

  • 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 KingEdit

Royal Medals presented by the GovernmentEdit

  • Illis Quorum[12]
  • Medal for Commendable Deeds
  • Medal for Civic Virtue
  • Medal for Diligent Reindeer Husbandry

War decorationsEdit

Military medalsEdit

Military medals:[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Orders, Swedish Royal Court Archived 2010-07-22 at the Wayback Machine, date accessed 2011-04-22.
  2. ^ "Dir. 2019:76 Kommittédirektiv Det offentliga belöningssystemet, de allmänna flaggdagarna och utformningen av anslaget till hovet" (PDF) (in Swedish). Government of Sweden. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Ett offentligt belöningssystem för Sveriges främsta utmärkelser" (Media Release) (in Swedish). Justitiedepartementet, Regeringskansliet. 21 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Förordning om Sveriges främsta utmärkelser" (PDF). Svensk författningssamling (SFS 2022:1800) (in Swedish). Regeringskansliet. 20 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  5. ^ "The Order of the Seraphim - Sveriges Kungahus".
  6. ^ "The Order of the Sword - Sveriges Kungahus".
  7. ^ "The Order of the Polar Star - Sveriges Kungahus".
  8. ^ "The Order of Vasa - Sveriges Kungahus".
  9. ^ "Orders - Sveriges Kungahus".
  10. ^ Kungahuset, The Orders in Sweden
  11. ^ Medals, Swedish Royal Court, date accessed 2011-04-24
  12. ^ Medals and Awards Archived 2013-02-05 at the Wayback Machine, Government of Sweden, 31 August 2010.
  13. ^ Laestadius, Patrik, ed. (2015). Reglemente: uniformsbestämmelser 2015 : Unibest FM 2015 (PDF) (in Swedish). Stockholm: Swedish Armed Forces. pp. 604–605. SELIBR 19513428. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2017-01-23.