King of Sweden Awards Minister Lajčák with a Royal Award

King of Sweden Awards Minister Lajčák with a Royal Award

15.1.2020 | Aktivity ministra

“The Royal Order of the Polar Star”:  this is the name of the Sweden´s Royal Award that was presented to Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák by the Ambassador of Sweden Mikaela Kumlin Granit today (15 January 2020). The order was bestowed on the head of Slovak diplomacy by the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.


The King of Sweden awards this order to foreigners who have shown exceptional civic merits, for those who have shown devotion to duty, or for those who have made important scientific, literary, scholarly and otherwise useful works. On this occasion Ambassador Granit, who is assigned as Ambassador to Slovakia in the neighboring Austria, stated that Sweden appreciates Minister Lajčák’s contribution in his international activities not only during his recent position of the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and his previous position of the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), but also due to his long-term engagement in promoting peaceful conflict resolution, strengthening the rule-based global order, and convincingly promoting and defending effective multilateralism. 


The Royal Order of the Polar Star (Kungliga Nordstjärneorden, in Swedish) was created by King Frederick I on 23 February 1748. It was originally founded as an order for civic merits. In 1975 its purpose was changed, and the order was awarded to members of the royal family, politicians, high-ranking foreign representatives and foreign visitors.