Bavarian Order of Merit

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Bavarian Order of Merit
Bavarian Order of Merit.jpg
Badge of the order for women
Awarded by the Minister-President of Bavaria
TypeOrder of Merit
Established11 June 1957
CountryBavaria, Germany
EligibilityMen and women without distinction of nationality or class[1]
Awarded forOutstanding contributions to the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people[1]
StatusCurrently awarded
FounderWilhelm Hoegner
OrdensherrMarkus Söder
Total inductees5,602 (as of August 2018)[2]
Next (higher)Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
RelatedOrder of Merit of the Bavarian Crown
Order of the Lion of Bavaria
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Ribbon bar of the order

The Bavarian Order of Merit (German: Bayerischer Verdienstorden) is the Order of Merit of the Free State of Bavaria. It is awarded by the Minister-President of Bavaria as a "recognition of outstanding contributions to the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people".[1]

The order was instituted by law on 11 June 1957. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet can nominate awardees.

Hemmerle,[3] a German jewellery house based in Munich founded in 1893, is the exclusive maker of the Bavarian Order of Merit since it was instituted in 1957.



  1. ^ a b c Bayerische Staatsregierung. "Bayerischer Verdienstorden". Bayerischer Landesportal (in German). Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  2. ^ Bayerische Staatsregierung. "Bayerischer Verdienstorden" (in German). Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Hemmerle Website". Hemmerle. Retrieved 2016-06-27.

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