There are 6 Slovak state honours:

  • Order of the White Double Cross
  • Andrej Hlinka Order
  • Ľudovít Štúr Order
  • Pribina Cross
  • M. R. Štefánik Cross
  • Medal of the President of Slovak Republic

and one medal:

  • Medal for Bravery

All state honours are given by the President of Slovakia.

Order of the White Double Cross

It is given to foreign citizens, not Slovaks:

  • for the comprehensive development of relations between the state, whose citizens they are and the Slovak Republic,
  • for the empowerment of the Slovak Republic’s position in international relations,
  • for meeting the foreign policy priorities of Slovakia,
  • for otherwise outstanding achievement in the benefit of the Slovak Republic, or
  • for the outstanding spread of good reputation of Slovakia abroad.
Order of the 1st Class White Double Cross Order of the 2nd Class White Double Cross Order of the 3rd Class White Double Cross
Order of the White Double Cross, 1st Class Order of the White Double Cross, 2nd Class Order of the White Double Cross, 3rd Class

Holders of the Order of the 1st Class White Double Cross

Name Country Year
His Majesty Harald V King of Norway 2010
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer NATO Secretary General 2009
Lech Kaczyński President of Poland 2009
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Queen of Great Britain 2008
Nursultan Nazarbajev President of Kazakhstan 2007
Her Majesty Queen Sophia Queen of Spain 2007
JUDr. Ján Bulík, in memoriam Slovak patriot in former Yugoslavia 2007
Queen Beatrix Queen of Netherlands 2007
Tassos Papadopoulos President of Cyprus 2007
Giorgio Napolitano President of Italy 2007
Rudolf Vrba, in memoriam Slovak patriot in Canada 2007
Donald James Johnston Canada, former Secretary General of OECD 2006
Arnold Rüütel President of Estonia 2005
Tarja Halonen President of Finland 2005
arm. gen. Heliodor Píka, in memoriam Defender of Democracy 2004
Günter Verheugen Commissioner of the European Commission, 2004
Askar Akajevič Akajev President of the Kyrgyz Republic 2003
Janez Drnovšek President of Slovenia 2003
Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio President of Portugal 2003
Václav Havel President of Czech Republic 2003
Koloman Sokol, in memoriam Slovak painter and graphic artist living in USA 2003
Grand Duke Henri Luxembourg 2002
Ion Illiescu President of Romania 2002
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi President of Italia 2002
Juan Carlos I. King of Spain 2002
Carl XVI. Gustaf King of Sweden 2002
Johannes Rau President of Germany 2001
Stjepan Mesić President of Croatia 2001
Fernando de la Rúa President of Argentina 2001
Ricardo Escobar President of Chile 2001
Fernando Cardoso President of Brazil 2001
Milan Kučan President of Slovenia 2001
Emile Lahoud President of Lebanon 2001
Max van der Stoel OSCE High Commissioner 2001
Franz König Cardinal 2000
Juan Antonio Samaranch 7th President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 2000
Árpád Göncz President of Hungary 2000
Emil Constantinescu President of Romania 2000
Constantin Stephanopoulos President of Greece 2000
Thomas Klestil President of Austria 1998
Petar Stojanov President of Bulgaria 1997
Andrew Bertie Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Maltese Knights 1997
Angelo Sodano Cardinal 1997
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro President of Italy 1997
Aleksander Kwasniewski President of Poland 1997
Štefan Boleslav Roman, in memoriam Former President of World Congress of Slovaks 1995
Jozef Tomko Cardinal 1995

Holders of the Order of the 2nd Class White Double Cross

Name Reason/Occupation Year
Jozef Čongva Scientist and professor, organizer of meetings of Slovaks living in Poland 2009
Ondrej Štefanko, in memoriam Organizer of meetings of Slovaks living in Romania 2008
Gregor Papuček Poet, organizer of meetings of Slovaks living abroad 2008
Jozef Henryk Nowacki Apostolic nuncio in Slovakia 2007
Rodolphe Vallee Ambassador of USA in Slovakia 2007
Laurent Louis Stokvis Ambassador of Netherlands in Slovakia 2006
Martin Bolldorf Ambassador of Austria in Slovakia 2006
John Edwin Mroz President and founder of East West Institute 2005
The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Luxembourg 2005
Folker Weissgerber Volkswagen board member 2005
Uta Mayer-Schalburg Ambassador of Germany in Slovakia 2005
Miroslav Kopečny Ambassador of Serbia and Monte Negro in Slovakia 2005
Stan Mikita Former ice hockey player with Slovak roots 2004
Rudolf Slánský Ambassador of Czech Republic in Slovakia 2004
Eric van der Linden Ambassador of European Commision in Slovakia 2004
Jurij Olexandrovič Rylač Ambassador of Ukraine in Slovakia 2004
Luca Del Balzo Di Presenzano Ambassador of Italy in Slovakia 2004
Viktor Volodymyrovyč Medvedčuk Head of the Ukrainian President’s administration 2004
František Bím Defender of democracy, Switzerland 2004
Alois Kubíček Defender of democracy, Canada 2004
Yuan Guisen Leaving Ambassador of China in Slovakia 2003
Jan Komornicki Leaving Ambassador of Poland in Slovakia 2003
Karl Peter Wilhelm Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Slovakia 2003
Georges Vaugier Ambassador of France in Slovakia 2003
Fernand Halbart Honorary Consul of Slovakia in Belgium 2002
Frank Lambach Ambassador of Germany in Slovakia 2002
Vladimir Anatolievič Jakovlev Governor of St. Petersburg, Russia 2002
Henk J. W. Soeters Ambassador of Netherlands in Slovakia 2002
Miklós Boros Ambassador of Hungary in Slovakia 2002
Alexander Georgijevič Akseňonok Ambassador of Russia in Slovakia 2002
Mons. Jean Louis Tauran Arcibishop, secretary of Vatican for relations with countries 2002
Estanislao de Grandes Pascual Ambassador of Spain in Slovakia 2002
Gjuro Deželić Ambassador of Croatia in Slovakia 2001
Štefan Osuský, in memoriam Diplomat 2001
Egone Ratzenberger Diplomat 2001
Wolfgang Roth Vice President of the European Investment Bank 2001
William V. Roth Jr. Former senator in USA 2001
Jani Milčakov Ambassador of Bulgaria in Slovakia 2001
Jose Wilson Siguera Camposo Governor of Tocantins, Brazil 2001
Gheorghe Dinica Ambassador of Romania in Slovakia 2001
Vassilios Ikkossipentarchos Ambassador of Greece in Slovakia 2001
Gabriele Matzner–Holzer Ambassador of Austria in Slovakia 2001
Nurettin Nurkan Ambassador of Turkey in Slovakia 2000
Albert Turot French diplomat 1999
Tomáš Baťa Businessman, large shoe producer in USA 1999
Tchao-Miao-Fao Ambassador of China in Slovakia 1999
Ludger Buerstedd Ambassador of Germany in Slovakia 1999
Benjamin A. Gilman US Congressman 1999
John L. Mica US Congressman 1998
Jean–Philippe Dovin Chief of French Armed Forces 1998
Paul Girod Vice President of the Senate Finance Committee of France 1998
John Karch Director of the Slovak American Informational Council 1998
Herbert Neumayer Vice President of the Austria-Slovak Community 1998
Hugo Gajus Scheltema Ambassador of Netherlands in Slovakia 1998
Ralph R. Johnson Ambassador of USA in Slovakia 1998
Jenő Boros Ambassador of Hungary in Slovakia 1998
Helmut Liedermann Ambassador of Malta in Slovakia 1998
Luigi Dossena Apostolic nuncius in Slovakia 1998
Andrzej Majkowski Deputy Head of the Polish President’s Office 1998
Albrecht Freiher von Boeselager Healthcare Chief of the Sovereign Order of Maltese Knights 1998
Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein Great Commander of the Sovereign Order of Maltese Knights 1998
Ermanno Squadrilli Ambassador of Italy in Slovakia 1997
Edita Gruber Opera Singer 1997
Georgios Zavvos Ambassador of European Commision in Slovakia 1997
Josef Švejcar, in memoriam Czech doctor, founder of the modern Czechslovak pediatry 1997
Emanuel Bőhm, in memoriam Chemist, politician, publisher and fighter for national and human rights of Slovaks 1997
Koloman Sokol Slovak painter and graphic artist living in USA 1997
Heike Zenker Ambassador of Germany in Slovakia 1997
Jerzy Korolec Ambassador of Poland in Slovakia 1997
JUDr. Ján Papánek, in memoriam Slovak diplomat and lawyer living in USA 1997
Aydin Sahinbas Ambassador of Turkey in Slovakia 1997
Ivica Tomič Ambassador of Croatia in Slovakia 1997
Leo Danihels President of the World Congress of Slovaks 1996
Theodor Russell Ambassador of USA in Slovakia 1996
Denis Banneel Ambassador of Belgium in Slovakia 1996
Thang Zhanqing Ambassador of China in Slovakia 1996
Maximilian Pammer Ambassador of Austria in Slovakia 1996
Mihai Dinucu Ambassador of Romania in Slovakia 1996
Filip Šedivý Ambassador of Czech Republic in Slovakia 1996
René Victor Franken Ambassador of South Africa in Slovakia 1996
Sergej Vladimirovič Jastržembskij Ambassador of Russia in Slovakia 1996
Michael Perrin Ambassador of France in Slovakia 1996
Michael John Novak Slovak patriot in USA 1996
Karol Strmeň Poet 1996
Eugen Andrew Cernan Astronaut 1995

Holders of the Order of the 3rd Class White Double Cross

Name Reason/Occupation Year
Gila Fatranová For propagating good reputation of Slovakia abroad 2010
Juraj Fatran For propagating good reputation of Slovakia abroad 2010
Ailsa Rosemary May Domanová Activist helping the widows of veterans from Western Resistance 2009
Eduard Kabát For propagating Slovakia abroad and for the many years of work for the Slovak community in Argentina 2008
Joe Veselsky Slovak patriot in Ireland 2007
Corneliu Barborica Slovak patriot in Romania 2007
Alain Pellet Professor of International Law on the X-Nanterre University in Paris, France 2006
Ryszard Siwiec, in memoriam Polish citizen who burned himself on 8th of September 1968 as a protest against the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia 2006
prof. Sir Derek W. Bowett, CBE, QC LLD, FBA Professor of International Law and President of Queens’ College in Cambridge, UK 2005
Toyojiro Soejima Ambassador of Japan in Slovakia 2005
Gerard Hendrik Meulensteen Honorary Consul of Slovakia in Eindhoven, Netherlands 2005
Ivan Schwarz Retired General-Mayor 2005
Otto Sagner German bookseller 2004
Sir Bernard Schreier Businessman 2004
Magdaléna Hajóssy Opera singer 2003
Hervé Marseille Mayor of Meudon, France 2003
Georges Koch Deputy Mayor of Meudon, France 2003
Margaret Huber Leaving Ambassador of Canada in Slovakia 2003
Sergio de Queiroz Duarte Ambassador of Brazil in Slovakia 2002
Malikus Suamin Ambassador of Indonesia in Slovakia 2002
Josef Byrtus General Consul of Czech Republic in Slovakia 2002
Lena May Jéger Baroness, Great Britain 2001
Daniel Compagnoni Director of the association Slovakia 2001
Anton Hrubý Slovak patriot in Argentina 2001
Peter Paulíček Slovak patriot in Brazil 2001
Tuletai Suleimenov Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Slovakia 2001
Walter Rochel Ambassador of European Commission in Slovakia 2001
Zuzana Chalupová Naive painter in former Yugoslavia 2000
Michel Duger Economic and commercial counselor of the French Embassy in Slovakia 2000
Folker Weissgerber Chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen 2000
Paul Friedrich von Fuhrherr Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta 1998
Julian N. Niemczyk Ambassador of USA in former Czechoslovakia 1998
Zenon Bryk Military 1998
Henryk Kuč Director of EXBUD 1998
Janusz Siatkowski Professor of slavism 1998
Jadwiga Podrygallo Member of the elite Armia Krajowa DYSK 1998
Jan Komornicki Ambassador of Poland in Slovakia 1998
Marek Grela Deputy Head of the Office of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1998
Jerzy Chmielewski Slavist 1998
Wojciech Czajka Deputy Director of the International Department of the Polish President’s Office 1998
Jacek Baluch Philologist 1998
Norbert Kinski Counselor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta 1998
Meda Mladková Founder of the first Czechoslovak exile publisher – Sokolova Edition 1998
Wendy W. Luers President of the Foundation for a Civil Society (formerly the Charter 77 Foundation in New York) 1998
Emil Wagner Historian 1998

Andrej Hlinka Order

It is given to Slovak citizens:

  • for Special Merit for the establishment of the Slovak Republic.
1st Class Andrej Hlinka Order 2nd Class Andrej Hlinka Order 3rd Class Andrej Hlinka Order
Andrej Hlinka Order, 1st Class Andrej Hlinka Order, 2nd Class Andrej Hlinka Order, 3rd Class

Ľudovít Štúr Order

It is given to Slovak citizens:

  • for defending the democracy and its development,
  • for defending the human rights and freedoms,
  • for the defense and security of the Slovak Republic,
  • for special achievements in politics, managing and governing the country,
  • for development of economy, local authorities, science and technology, education, culture, arts, sports and social affairs, or
  • for spreading good reputation of Slovakia abroad.
1st Class Ľudovít Štúr Order 2nd Class Ľudovít Štúr Order 3rd Class Ľudovít Štúr Order
Ľudovít Štúr Order, 1st Class Ľudovít Štúr Order, 2nd Class Ľudovít Štúr Order, 3rd Class

Pribina Cross

It is given to Slovak citizens:

  • for Special Merit for economic, social or cultural development of the Slovak Republic.
1st Class Pribina Cross 2nd Class Pribina Cross 3rd Class Pribina Cross
Pribina Cross, 1st Class Pribina Cross, 2nd Class Pribina Cross, 3rd Class

Milan Rastislav Štefánik Cross

It is given to Slovak citizens:

  • for risking own life to defend Slovakia,
  • for risking own life to save other person’s life,
  • for risking own life to save material values.
1st Class M. R. Štefánik Cross 2nd Class M. R. Štefánik Cross 3rd Class M. R. Štefánik Cross
M. R. Štefánik Cross, 1st Class M. R. Štefánik Cross, 2nd Class M. R. Štefánik Cross, 3rd Class

Medal of the President of Slovak Republic

It is given to Slovak citizens:

  • for significant merit in the management and governance of the country,
  • for development of defense and security of Slovakia,
  • for development of economy, local authorities, science and technology, education, culture, arts, sport and social affairs, or
  • for spreading good reputation of Slovakia abroad.

Medal for Bravery

It is given to Slovak soldiers:

  • for military bravery or valor.
Name Rank Date
Michal Forgách Captain 06.12.2005
Miroslav Staník Soldier 26.08.2004