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Orders and medals

A. National Orders:

  • Legion of Honour, Great Cross, French Republic
  • Saint Michael and Saint George Order, Great Cross, United Kingdom
  • Order of the Elephant, Denmark
  • Saint Olaf Order, Great Cross, Norway
  • Order of Merit of the Republic of Austria
  • White Rose of Finland, Collar, Republic of Finland
  • Order Infante Dom Henrique, Collar, Portuguese Republic
  • Cross of the South, Collar, Federal Republic of Brazil
  • Saviour Order, Great Cross, Hellenic Republic
  • State Decoration, Republic of Turkey
  • Stara Planina Order, with Ribbon, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Aztec Eagle Order, Collar, United States of Mexico
  • Double White Cross Order, Republic of Slovakia

  • King Tomislav Order, Collar and Great Star, Republic of Croatia
  • Skanderberg Order, Republic of Albania
  • Sun of Peru, Great Cross with Brilliants, Republic of Peru
  • Independence Order, Collar, Qatar
  • Yaroslav the Wise Order, 1st Class, Collar, Ukraine
  • Order of the Republic of Moldavia


  • Medals conferred by the National Institute of Sciences and Arts in France (1995), Paris–Sorbonne University and the University in Amsterdam
  • Medal of Athens, 1997
  • 1998 International Democracy Medal, conferred by the Center for Democracy, Washington
  • Arthur Bertrand Medal, conferred by the Academy of Sciences, Institut de France, 1999
  • George Kastrioti Skanderberg Medal, Republic of Albania, 1999
  • Bethlehem 2000 Medal, conferred by Palestinian National Authority
  • Golden and honorific medals from Comenius University in Bratislava; Caroline University in Prague and from the University in Sao Paolo (2000)
  • Jozsef Attila Medal, conferred by the Szeged University, Hungary
  • Medal of European Parliament
  • Official Annual Medal of His Holiness Pope John Paul II