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Order of the White Rose of Finland
Order of the White Rose of Finland Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun ritarikunta Finlands Vita Ros' orden
The Order of the White Rose of Finland was established by Gustaf Mannerheim in his capacity as regent (temporary head of state) on January 28, 1919. The name comes from the nine roses argent in the coat of arms of Finland. The order's rules and regulations were confirmed on May 16, 1919, and its present rules date from June 1, 1940. The revised scale of ranks was confirmed most recently in 1985. The original decorations were designed by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The swastikas of the collar were replaced by fir crosses in 1963, designed by heraldic artist Gustaf von Numers. The honour can be granted for military as well as civilian merit. The ribbon for all classes is ultramarine. The motto of the Order appears on the medallion and is Isänmaan hyväksi, which means in Finnish: "For [the well-being or benefit or advantage of] the Fatherland".
The President of Finland wears the Grand Cross of the White Rose of Finland with Collar (a neck chain). The Collar is worn four centimetres from either side and hangs at equal distances at the front and back. The Grand Cross and Commander marks are awarded with a breast star.
Diploma of White Rose Order
The classes of the Order of the White Rose of Finland are:
Grand Cross of the White Rose of Finland with Collar
Grand Cross of the White Rose of Finland
First Class Commander of the White Rose of Finland
Commander of the White Rose of Finland
First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland
Knight (Chevalier) of the White Rose of Finland
Cross of Merit of the White Rose of Finland
First Class Medal of the White Rose of Finland with golden cross
Dean Driscoll, 1941, Chevalier (Knight) of the White Rose of Finland, for services "toward relieving the civilian population of wartorn Finland".
Bob Foster, 2011
Professor, Director - GAP, UCLA Anderson School of Management; as a First Class Knight, on December 09, 2011 "in recognition of his efforts, through the GAP program, to help Finnish technology companies expand into markets abroad, including the United States" and their advancement "further in corporate development."
Jim Gilleran, 2008
Managing Director - Finnforest USA on 2008 September 12.
Managing Director, KIX Consulting Group, President and Board Member of Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce. Knight 1st Class awarded 3 October 2008, presented in NSW Parliament House 6 Dec 2008 by the Finnish Ambassador Glenn Lindholm for fostering bilateral relationships between Australia and Finland Government, Business and Academia in the area of innovation.
Executive Director - International Programs, FEMBA/GAP programs, UCLA Anderson School of Management; as a First Class Knight, on December 11, 2004 "for assisting the expansion of Finnish start-up companies through the UCLA Anderson's Global Access Program."
Dr. Henry Tirri, 2011 - First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland
Former Executive Vice President and CTO of Nokia. Henry was a tenured Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Henry holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Tampere, Finland.