King Haakon VII Freedom Cross

King Haakon VII's Freedom Cross (Norwegian: Haakon VIIs Frihetskors) was established in Norway on 18 May 1945. The medal is awarded to Norwegian or foreign military or civilian personnel for outstanding achievement during war.[1] It is ranked fifth in the order of precedence in the Norwegian honours system.[2]

Haakon VII's Freedom Cross
Haakon VIIs Frihetskors
King Haakon VII Freedom Cross
Awarded by  Norway
TypeSingle-grade medal
EligibilityNorwegian or foreign military or civilian personnel
Awarded forOutstanding and decisive contributions to the Norwegian cause during World War 2
Established18 May 1945
Next (higher)Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
Next (lower)St Olav's medal with Oak Branch
RelatedKing Haakon VII Freedom Medal

Ribbon bar of the medal


The medal is in the shape of a Maltese cross. In the middle of the cross on the adverse side is a circular red field with the monogram of King Haakon VII over the letter V for victory in gilded silver.[3] On the reverse side the following is engraved: "Alt for Norge 7 juni 1945" (All for Norway 7 June 1945), the seventh of June being the day the King came back to Norway after his five-year forced exile during World War II. The medal is hung from a blue ribbon with a narrow white stripe along both edges.

See also


  1. Robertson, Megan, Norway: King Haakon VII's Cross of Liberty, Medals of the World, 29 January 2002, date accessed 2011-05-23.
  2. The Monarchy Today, Norwegian Decorations, date accessed 2011-05-23.
  3. Haakon VII Freedom Cross (Haakon VIIs frihetskors), miniature
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