The St Olav's Medal and the St Olav's Medal with Oak Branch were instituted by King Haakon VII of Norway on March 17th 1939. They are awarded in recognition of outstanding services rendered in connection with the spreading of information about Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate Norwegians and their home country.
The medal ranks ninth in the order of precedence of Norwegian medals.
When awarded for services rendered in wartime, the medal carries an oak branch and ranks sixth in the order of precedence of Norwegian medals.
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