The Order of the Polar Star

The Order of the Polar Star

The Order of the Polar Star. Photo: The Royal Collections Dept.

The Order of the Polar Star was until 1975 intended as a reward for Swedish and foreign "civic merits, for devotion to duty, for science, literary, learned and useful works and for new and beneficial institutions".

The cross of the order is of the Maltese type and was originally worn in a black sash; since 1975 the sash is blue with yellow edges. The emblem bears the device of the order, "Nescit occasum" (It knows no decline.)

This order also has a medal, "the Polar Star Medal". As from 1975, the Order of the Polar Star is presented to foreign nationals or stateless persons.