|Royal Order of Vasa|
Knight 1st Class Cross of the Swedish Order of the Vasa (1945)
|Awarded by the monarch of Sweden|
|Type||Five grade order of merit|
|Established||1772 - 1975|
|Eligibility||Swedish and foreign citizens|
|Awarded for||Services to agriculture, mining, art, trade, industry, crafts and education.|
|Sovereign||King Carl XVI Gustaf|
|Grades||Commander Grand Cross (KmstkVO)|
Commander 1st Class (KVO1kl)
Knight/Member 1st Class (RVO1kl/LVO1kl)
|Next (higher)||Royal Order of the Polar Star|
|Next (lower)||Order of Charles XIII|
Ribbon bar of the order
The Royal Order of Vasa (Kungliga Vasaorden) is a Swedish order of chivalry, awarded to citizens of Sweden for service to state and society especially in the fields of agriculture, mining and commerce. It was instituted on 29 May 1772 by King Gustav III. It was unrestricted by birth or education and could therefore be awarded to anyone (as opposed to the Order of the Polar Star, which was intended as a reward for the learned professions). It was the most junior of all the Swedish orders. It was often awarded to Norwegian subjects of the dual monarchy until Oscar I founded the Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1847. Since 1974 the order is no longer conferred: officially it has been declared as "dormant", along with the Order of the Sword.
The Order had five classes:
Additionally, the Badge of Vasa and the Vasa Medal, were both worn on a ribbon on the left chest.
The royal barge built for Gustav III, named Vasaorden, is still used on rare ceremonial occasions
Star and collar of the order.