The Order of the White Rose of
Finland (Finnish: Suomen Valkoisen
Ruusun ritarikunta; Swedish: Finlands Vita Ros’ orden) is one of
three official orders in Finland, along with the Order of the Cross of
Liberty, and the Order of the Lion of Finland. The President of
Finland is the Grand Master of all three orders. The orders are
administered by boards consisting of a chancellor, a vice-chancellor
and at least four members. The orders of the White Rose of
the Lion of
Finland have a joint board.
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 was 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
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Diploma of White Rose Order
The classes of the Order of the White Rose of
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
First Class Medal of the White Rose of Finland
Medal of the White Rose of Finland
Generally the Grand Cross with Collar is awarded only to foreign heads
of state, e.g. to
King Fuad I of Egypt
King Fuad I of Egypt (1935), Charles de Gaulle
Josip Broz Tito
Josip Broz Tito (1963) and
King Birendra of
Prime Ministers of
Finland customarily receive the Grand Cross.
(Certain leftist politicians refused the cross or didn't wear it, and
the transient term in office of
Anneli Jäätteenmäki did not lead to
the President awarding the cross.)
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Col. Bernard Aabel, 1951, In 1948 Aabel became the Assistant Military
Attaché in Helsinki, Finland
Anne, Princess Royal, 1969
Ion Antonescu, 1942
Thomas Beecham, 1955
Simon Beresford-Wylie, Chief Executive Officer, Nokia Siemens
Networks, Awarded 2008
Leonid Brezhnev, 1976
Ernesto Burzagli, 1926.
Carl XVI Gustaf
James Cathey, 2007
Arthur J. Collingsworth, 1984
John Fawcett, 1958
Charles de Gaulle, 1962
Eduard Dietl, 1941
Dean Driscoll, 1941, Chevalier (Knight) of the White Rose of Finland,
for services "toward relieving the civilian population of wartorn
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.
Maggie Gripenberg, 1961
Pauline Kiltinen, 2016  - Cross of Merit of the Order of the White
Rose for the promotion of Finnish culture including the commissioning
Rockland the Opera.
Zoltán Kodály, 1967 - First Class Commander of the White Rose of
Finland (donated by President Kekkonen, 17 February, Finnish Embassy
Greta Kukkonen, 1967
Mart Laar, 2009
Jarl Lindfors, 1960
Arthur Lydiard, 1972
Olli Mannermaa, 1979
Norman Cameron Moore, 1941
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, 2009
Erkki Oja, 2006
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, 2010
Koča Popović, 1963
Tim Purcell, 2008
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.
Ensio Seppänen, 1998, First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland
Birendra Bir Bikram Shah,1988 Late king of Nepal
Margareta Steinby 1991
Elwin Svenson, 2004
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
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.
Josip Broz Tito, 1963
Earl Wagner Twitchell, 1947
Dmitriy Ustinov, 1978, Marshal of the Soviet Union
Josef Veltjens, 1941
Walther von Brauchitsch, 1939
Andrew Wilkinson, 2003, Knight, 1st Class, Order of the White Rose of
Grand Cross with collar, jewels and swords was awarded only once, to
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim 4 June 1944.
Grand Cross with jewels, to three Finns: Senator
Otto Stenroth 1938,
Carl Enckell 1946 and
Jean Sibelius 1950.
Grand Cross with swords has been awarded to three Finnish Lieutenant
Generals: Hjalmar Siilasvuo, Edvard Hanell and Aksel Airo. The
decoration has also been awarded to a number of foreign high officers,
such as the German Colonel General Eduard Dietl.
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^ For services to Finland, acting as manager Finnish Athletics Team
Melbourne Centenary Games 1935 and Olympic Attache for
Melbourne Olympic Games 1958
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accessed 22 Sep 2015 
^ a b Bensley, Lucas, "From 'professor' to knighted 'sir': Finnish
government honors Bob Foster for his work with country's technological
companies", Daily Bruin, UCLA, 2012 January 12, pp. 1 & 4.
^ Press release, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2011 December 20.
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^ For services to the Finnish Government as Naval Adviser 1934-39
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^ a b Carrillo, Sandybeth, "Vice chancellor emeritus receives
Finland awards Svenson for work with
international Anderson program", Daily Bruin, UCLA, 2005 January 10.
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