When applying for Croatian citizenship, some applicants are required to pass the citizenship test as part of the requirements. This test is actually two tests that evaluate your understanding of the Croatian language as well as culture and history.
The Croatian citizenship test is broken into two parts:
- Poznavanje hrvatskog jezika i latiničnog pisma (Knowledge of Croatian language and Latin alphabet)
- Poznavanje hrvatske kulture i društvenog uređenja (Knowledge of Croatian culture and social structure)
Who is required to take the Croatian Citizenship tests
When applying for Croatian citizenship, you will be required to take the citizenship tests if:
- You are applying for citizenship based on residence (naturalization)
- You are applying based on lineage because you are a child, grandchild, or a great-grandchild of a Croatian citizen
You are EXEMPT from taking the test if:
- You are 60 years old or more
- You are a child younger than 18 years old
- You have completed a language certificate in Croatian (more on this in the next section)
- You can prove Croatian language knowledge by completing your citizenship application ON YOUR OWN (more on this two sections down)
- You are a spouse or civil partner of a Croatian citizen (and meet the residence requirements)
- You are applying for citizenship as a “special interest to Croatia”
- You are applying for citizenship under re-admission
- You are applying for citizenship as a “member of the Croatian people”
What are the Croatian citizenship tests?
Citizenship Test #1 – Poznavanje hrvatskog jezika i latiničnog pisma (Knowledge of Croatian language and Latin alphabet)
Knowledge of Croatian language and Latin alphabet can be confirmed by providing one of the following documents:
- A certificate showing you passed the Croatian language and Latin alphabet – the exam can be taken at:
- Visoko učilište (higher education institution)
- Srednjoškolska ustanova (secondary school)
- Ustanova za obrazovanje odraslih (adult education institution) which has the approval of the Ministry of Education
- A certificate of completion of primary, secondary or higher education in Croatia
- A certificate from a foreign educational institution or a certificate of B1 proficiency in the Croatian language
Certain residents can prove Croatian language knowledge by completing their application for acquiring Croatian citizenship if they are:
- A person with Izbjeglički status (refugee status) for at least 10 years
- A person who has status korisnika programa povratka ili obnove ili stambenog zbrinjavanja (status of the user of the return, renovation or housing program) and held a permanent Croatian address on October 8, 1991.
In this case, you must fill out the application in front of an officer at MUP (administrative police station), Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova (The Ministry of Internal Affairs) or at a diplomatska misija (diplomatic mission)/konzulatni ured (consular office abroad).
You must fill out the form completely on your own, without another person’s presence or assistance.
Citizenship Test #2 – Poznavanje hrvatske kulture i društvenog uređenja (Knowledge of Croatian culture and social structure)
What is on the test
The test consists of 15 questions in the fields of social structure, history, culture, customs, art, literature, sports, economy, tourism, and geographical location of the Republic of Croatia.
There are 100 possible questions. Of these 100 questions, 15 questions will be selected. Those 100 questions are available here (scroll down until you find the section “PRILOG 1”).
Where you will take the test
This test (officially called “Poznavanje hrvatske kulture i društvenog uređenja “) is administered by an officer at MUP (administrative police station), Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova (The Ministry of Internal Affairs) or at a diplomatska misija (diplomatic mission)/konzulatni ured (consular office abroad).
The kind of questions on the test
There are 2 types of questions on the test:
- Multiple choice
- Fill in the blank
Getting your results
After you finish the test, the official person evaluates it immediately and informs you whether you passed. To pass the test, you must answer correctly 10 of 15 questions.
If you didn’t pass the test, you can request to see what you got wrong and right, but you can’t take the test with you out of the institution.
Do you qualify for Croatian citizenship?
If you’re interested in learning more about Croatian citizenship and whether you qualify, read this post.
Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. We can recommend one if you contact us.