The Slovak Republic has a system of orders and decorations for citizens who do great deeds for the country. With the exception of the Order of the White Double Cross, all the orders of Slovakia are reserved for Slovak citizens. Slovak decorations and medals are rarely bestowed. In 2015 less than nine awards were granted.

Andrej Hlinka Order

Andrej Hlinka Order is conferred upon Slovak citizens "for Special Merit for the establishment of the Slovak Republic." The Order is symbolized by a medallion with a central white cross pattée; on the center of the cross there is the Andrej Hlinka's profile. The ribbon of the order is blue with a central stripe. Andrej Hlinka Order is broken into three different classes: 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class.[1]

Ľudovít Štúr Order

The Ľudovít Štúr Order is conferred upon Slovak citizens:

The badge of this Order represents the Ľudovít Štúr's head on a red background; the ribbon of the order is half white, half red with a blue central stripe. The Ľudovít Štúr Order is broken into three different classes: 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class.[1]

Order of the White Double Cross

The Order of the White Double Cross is conferred only upon foreign citizens:

The badge of this Order represents a white double cross on a red background; the ribbon of the order is blue with a red central stripe. The Order of the White Double Cross is broken into three different classes: 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class.[1]

Pribina Cross

Pribina Cross is awarded to Slovak citizens for "special merit for economic, social or cultural development of the Slovak Republic". The badge of this Order represents Pribina's head on a red background; the ribbon of the order is dark red with a central crown. Pribina Cross is broken into three different classes: 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class.[1]

Milan Rastislav Štefánik Cross

The Milan Rastislav Štefánik Cross is awarded to Slovak citizens "for risking own life to defend Slovakia, for risking own life to save other person’s life, or for risking own life to save material values." The badge of this Order represents the Milan Rastislav Štefánik's head on a pale blue background; the ribbon of the order is pale blue. The Milan Rastislav Štefánik Cross Order is broken into three different classes: 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class.[1]

Medal of the President of Slovak Republic

The Medal of the President of Slovak Republic is awarded to Slovak and foreign citizens:

Medal for Bravery

The Medal for Bravery is awarded to Slovak soldiers "for military bravery or valor."[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "State Symbols & Honours". Slovak Republic website. Slovak-Republic.org. Retrieved 2010-11-01.