|Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony|
Insignia of the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony
|Awarded by the Free State of Saxony|
|Type||Order of merit|
|Awarded for||Outstanding contributions to the Free State of Saxony and its people|
|First awarded||27 October 1997|
|Next (lower)||Sächsische Verfassungsmedaille|
Ribbon bar of the order
The Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony (German language: Sächsischer Verdienstorden) is a civil order of merit, and the highest award of the German state of Saxony. First presented in 1997, it is awarded by the Minister-President of Saxony. The order is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the people and state of Saxony. The award is limited to a total of 500 living recipients. As of November 2012 it has been awarded 243 times.
- Kurt Biedenkopf
- Reiner Kunze
- Adolf Merckle
- Georg Milbradt
- Stanislaw Tillich
- Erwin Teufel
- Udo Zimmermann
- "Sachsen gestern und heute - Sächsischer Verdienstorden" (in German). Geschichte.sachsen.de. 13 November 2007. http://www.geschichte.sachsen.de/601.htm. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Sachsen gestern und heute - Wissenswertes über Orden" (in German). Geschichte.sachsen.de. 19 May 2009. http://www.geschichte.sachsen.de/9996.htm. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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