Medals and Norwegian orders
The King's Medal of Merit was originated by HM King Haakon VII on 1 February 1908. The bylaws were last revised on 30 March 2012.
The King's Medal of Merit is awarded for:
• pioneering or other exceptional achievement of particular benefit to society in areas such as art, culture, science, business, social welfare or humanitarian efforts
• outstanding unpaid efforts over a long period for the benefit of society, in either a public, private or voluntary organisation or in another socially important enterprise
• outstanding work over a long period in either the public or private sector with an exceptional level of commitment and where the person concerned has also displayed an active commitment to social causes in excess of his or her paid employment
• an outstanding life's work that sets a worthy example to others.
In exceptional circumstances the King's Medal of Merit may be awarded in gold.
The Order of St. Olav
The Order of St. Olav was founded by King Oscar I on 21 August 1847. The bylaws were last revised on 15 January 1997. The order is awarded for "distinguished services rendered to the country and mankind".
Applications concerning the award of the King's Medal of Merit and the Order of St. Olav should be addressed to HM The King and submitted care of the County Governor of the county in which the candidate is resident.