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Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary

Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
Chain of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
Awarded by the Republic of Hungary
Eligibility Citizens of Hungary and foreigners
Awarded for Distinguished service to Hungary
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 1991
Precedence
Next (lower) Order of the Flag of the Republic of Hungary
Related Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary

Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary Grand Cross Star, military division

The Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (Hungarian: Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend) is the second highest State Order of Hungary. Founded in 1991, the order is a revival of an original order founded in 1946 and abolished in 1949. Since 2011, the Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary is the highest Hungarian State Order of Hungary.

Classes

The civil division is divided into six classes of merit, whilst the military division is divided into five. The highest class, the Grand Cross with Chain, is exclusive to the civilian division and is only awarded to heads of state.

Ribbon bars of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
Class Civil Military
Grand Cross with Chain
N/A
Grand Cross
Commander's Cross with Star
Commander's Cross
Officer's Cross
Knight's Cross
Below the Order of Merit in precedence is the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, with three classes for both military and civilians.
Ribbon bars of the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
Class Civil Military
Golden Cross
Silver Cross
Bronze Cross

Insignia

  • The medal of the Order is made on the features of the ancient Royal Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary: it consists of a white-enamelled cross edged with green, showing a central circular medallion enamelled in red showing the coat of arms of Hungary, surrounded by a wreath of green enamel.
  • The star takes up the shape of the medal but is mounted on a golden radiant star.
  • The ribbon is green with a red stripe and a white stripe for the civil class, while it is red with a green stripe and a white stripe for the military class.

External links

  • State Decorations , Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary
  • Hungary: Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (Civilian), Medals of the World
  • 1991 Law enacting the order
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