What is The Honours System Of Germany?

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is The National Awards of Germany. In awarding the Order of Merit the Federal President wishes to draw public attention to achievements. The main fields honoured are:

  1.  Social, philanthropic and church work “away from the public eye”.
  2.  Efforts to improve employment prospects as well as create jobs and training opportunities for young people.
  3. Entrepreneurial achievement in boosting long-term growth and employment particularly in regions with structural problems.
  4.  Outstanding scientific achievement generating new momentum or resulting in innovations and inventions with strong future potential.
  5.  Efforts to foster peaceful interaction and mutual tolerance between different religions and cultures.
  6.  Contributions to enhancing Germany’s standing abroad and its relations with its European neighbours.


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