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Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia
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Awarded by the Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Type Civil order of merit
Awarded for Outstanding contributions to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Established 11 March 1986
Total awarded 1357 (as of 2010)[1]
Next (higher) State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia (Staatspreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen)
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Ribbon bar of the order

The Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia (German language: Verdienstorden des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen) is a civil order of merit, of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia was founded on 11 March 1986. It is awarded to citizens representing all segments of the population who have made extraordinary contributions to the people and state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The order is limited to 2500 living recipients. From its founding through January 2010, a total of 1357 people have been awarded the Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia.[1]


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