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Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony
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Insignia of the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony
Awarded by the Free State of Saxony
Country Germany
Type Order of merit
Awarded for Outstanding contributions to the Free State of Saxony and its people
First awarded 27 October 1997[1]
Total awarded 243[1]
Next (lower) Sächsische Verfassungsmedaille
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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.[2] 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.[1]

Notable recipients

  • Kurt Biedenkopf
  • Reiner Kunze
  • Adolf Merckle
  • Georg Milbradt
  • Stanislaw Tillich
  • Erwin Teufel
  • Udo Zimmermann


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Sachsen gestern und heute - Sächsischer Verdienstorden" (in German). 13 November 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. "Sachsen gestern und heute - Wissenswertes über Orden" (in German). 19 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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