The King Haakon VIIs Freedom Cross was established 18 May 1945. The medal is awarded to Norwegian or foreign military or civilian personnel for outstanding achievement during war. The medal is in the shape of a Maltese cross. In the middle of the cross on the adverse side is a circular red field with the monogram of King Haakon VII of Norway over the letter V for victory in gilded silver. On the reverse side the following is engraved: "Alt for Norge 7 juni 1945" (All for Norway 7 June 1945), the seventh of June being the day the King came back to Norway after his five year forced exile during World War II. The medal is hung from a blue ribbon with a narrow white stripe along both edges. It is ranked fifth in the order of precedence of Orders, decorations, and medals of Norway.