All about the Croatian Citizenship Test

Croatian Citizenship Test

Image by Forbes

UPDATED: 07/08/2022

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:

  1. Poznavanje hrvatskog jezika i latiničnog pisma (Knowledge of Croatian language and Latin alphabet)
  2. Poznavanje hrvatske kulture i društvenog uređenja (Knowledge of Croatian culture and social structure)

The official testing rules are available by Narodne Novine on their site here. In this post, we cover the most important information about both tests.

In this post, we cover:

The facts are these…

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 EXEMPT from taking the test if:

  • You are applying based on descent
  • 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 – Knowledge of Croatian language and Latin alphabet

Poznavanje hrvatskog jezika i latiničnog pisma (Knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin alphabet) can be confirmed by providing one of the following documents:

  • 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
  • Certificate of completion of primary, secondary, or higher education in Croatia
  • 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:

  • People with izbjeglički status (refugee status) for at least 10 years
  • People with status korisnika programa povratka, 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.

[Read: How to find administrative police stations in Croatia]

Citizenship Test #2 –  Knowledge of Croatian culture and social structure

Poznavanje hrvatske kulture i društvenog uređenja (Knowledge of Croatian culture and social structure) 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 110 possible questions. Of these 110 questions, 15 questions will be selected and you must answer at least 10 questions correctly.

All 110 questions are available here (scroll down until you find the section “PRILOG 1”).

Where you will take the test

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.

Need help with your Croatian citizenship application?

If you are currently a resident of Croatia, our expat-vetted lawyer network can take care of your application from beginning to end. We have excellent English-speaking lawyers across the country that specialize in immigration.

If you live abroad, you must apply for citizenship at an embassy or consulate. While our lawyers cannot file applications on behalf of those abroad, they can:

  • Validate your claim (which includes confirming if you qualify)
  • Collect birth records in Croatia, if applying based on descent (a new copy is required)
  • Confirm exact requirements with your embassy or consulate (where you will submit your application, as the requirements can vary)
  • Provide guidance on preparing a successful CV biography (and coordinating translation into Croatian)
  • Prepare your family tree
  • Prepare supporting documentation
  • Coordinate translations for foreign documents, as needed
  • Assist with any issues or questions that arise after submission. They are with you throughout the process from start to approval.

Having a lawyer prepare and review your application will increase your chances of approval on the first try. It takes 1-2 years on average for applications to be processed, so best not to risk denial. To get help with your application for citizenship, complete the form below and will match you with an expert.

Do you qualify for Croatian citizenship?

If you’re interested in learning more about Croatian citizenship and whether you qualify, read this post.

View our other citizenship posts

Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant. We can recommend one if you contact us.

Sharing is Caring:
Subscribe to the Expat in Croatia Newsletter and get our FREE Croatia Starter Kit.
I'm already subscribed.