Imagine the ceremonial moment in 1888 when Anne Kristine Knudsdatter receives history's first Medal for Long and Faithful Service as a maid for 46 years at Nedre Klækken farm. An honour she was probably extremely proud of.

Today it is still grand to get the medal as an appreciation from your employer. The Medal is concrete evidence of work well done for at least 30 years. When an employer applies for it to be awarded it is a lot more than a gift. It represents a tradition with solid values.

The Medal of Long and Faithful Service is lasting proof of the recipients dedication and meaninfulness.

The Medal of Long and Faithful Service is lasting proof of the recipients dedication and meaningfulness.

In the beginning it was employees within agriculture and private houses that were honoured with the medal. After a while industry joined as well. Today any area of employment can be given it. Since the first medal was given in 1888 more than 220 000 people have received one.