Are you considering European citizenship?
Getting dual citizenship and European citizenship can be a little messy and usually takes time. However, there are certain European countries that are especially easy to gain citizenship in. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the European nations with the simplest routes to take. But first, let’s look at some elements of European citizenship and how they apply to gaining dual citizenship in Europe:
European Citizenship And Jus Sanguinis
It helps to understand what jus sanguinis is when considering gaining citizenship in a European country. Jus sanguinis is Latin for “right of blood.” It is a principle of national law that states that one’s citizenship isn’t based solely on where they were born, but also if one or both parents were born in a particular country. It also applies to children of parents who belong to a diaspora. For example, former president Fujimori of Peru has parents from Japan. He has Peru citizenship because he was born in Peru. He was able to register for citizenship in Japan and gain dual citizenship because Japan is a jus sanguinis country. Many European countries abide by the jus sanguinis principle and it makes registering for citizenship in such countries a bit easier if you have parents who are citizens of a jus sanguinis country.
Naturalization And Dual Citizenship Laws
Some European countries do not abide by the jus sanguinis principle. Just as well, if you do not have a parent from a European country, jus sanguinis is useless to you. This is where naturalization comes in. If you have a skill or an education that can benefit a country’s economy, getting residency in a particular country usually isn’t too hard. The amount of time you stay there can eventually lead to naturalization and subsequent citizenship. In countries like Belgium, if you work and reside within the country for five years, you become a naturalized citizen. In countries like Austria, however, you must reside there for ten years and dual citizenship is not allowed. The time for naturalization to take effect and lead to citizenship is a big factor when considering which European countries are the easiest to gain dual citizenship in.
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The Easiest European Countries To Gain Citizenship
Let’s get into it! These countries each have great attributes and would make for great places to live in. They’re also super easy to become a citizen.
Finland is definitely one of the easiest Nordic countries in Europe to become a citizen. It is also a very quiet, prosperous country. To become a citizen of Finland, you must be a resident of the country for at least five continuous years. You must also speak Finnish, Swedish, or know how to sign in Finnish. If you are a refugee, are married to a Finnish citizen, or have strong ties to the country, naturalization time is only four years. For Nordic people, naturalization time is only two years. Dual citizenship is also allowed in Finland and it is a jus sanguinis country.
Malta is a small, sunny, lovely island country in the Mediterranean sea near Italy. The naturalization time is five years in the country and dual citizenship is permitted. Malta is unique when it comes to gaining European citizenship. Should you not wish to wait five years and also have a lot of money, naturalization time is only a year when you donate 650,000€ to the country’s National Development and Social Fund. If you purchase 350,000€ worth of property or more in Malta and own it for five years, you can gain citizenship there as well. Money makes a difference in Malta, but if you have the cash and don’t want to wait, it may be the best option. Malta is a jus sanguinis country as well.
This Eastern European country is another spot that is easy to gain European citizenship in. To become a Romanian citizen, you must be at least eighteen years of age, prove that you can legally work and reasonably won’t become destitute in the country, have a squeaky clean criminal record, and known the basics of Romanian culture and language. You’ll have to recite the Romanian national anthem and constitution as a well. The naturalization time in Romania is five years and dual citizenship is permitted. Like Malta, your wait time can be reduced if you have the money. Naturalization in Romania is reduced to two and a half years if you have invested 5,000,000€ in the country, are a European Union citizen, or are famous. Romania is a jus sanguinis state, too.
Who doesn’t love Sweden? The great food, fantastic Stockholm nightlife, and thriving economy are very appealing. To become a Swedish citizen, you must be at least eighteen years old, have a clean criminal record, and a permanent or stable living situation. Naturalization time is five years and is reduced to two years if you’re a citizen of another Nordic country. And of course, dual citizenship is allowed. Sweden is also a jus sanguinis country.
The romantic and culturally rich country of France is not just a great place to live but also is an easy country to gain citizenship in. In France, the naturalization time is five years to gain European citizenship and it is a dual citizenship country. You can also apply for permanent residence every five years if for whatever reason you are not granted citizenship, but you would not have all of the rights that French citizens have. France is a jus sanguinis country, but it only narrowly applies jus sanguinis principles.
Moving To Europe
Now that you’re aware of how European citizenship often works and which countries are the easiest to get into, you can properly consider your options. Good luck and enjoy your new life in Europe! Do you have a dual citizenship success story similar to Interpass founder Stephen’s story? Tell us about it in the comments! We’d love to hear how moving abroad has changed your life.