Europe is the second smallest continent, dominated by the most dynamic countries. European countries are well known for their culture, nightlife, architecture, lifestyle, museums and restaurants, which makes them a favorite tourist attraction. In addition to being a tourist destination, European citizenship policies are in the first place to attract the attention of foreigners to obtain citizenship.
Citizens have all the rights, freedom of work, life, education and a wide range of benefits, which makes more and more foreigners want to obtain a European passport. Obtaining an EU nationality is an easy task for a person in several ways such as descent, naturalization and marriage. However, a person without a European parent or spouse can also obtain their second nationality by naturalization. Each European country offers citizenship by naturalization but with different requirements.
In andis the articlewe have compiled a list of the easiest countries to obtain European citizenship:
Portugal took the top spot in the list and one of the fastest growing citizenship policies for its simple and most accessible requirements to obtain citizenship. This nation grants their nationality to people with basic knowledge of the Portuguese language with a minimum of five years of residence permit. However, Portugal does not require a person to live there permanently; it suffices to reside there two weeks a year.
Sweden is one of the easiest and unrestricted countries for citizenship on the European continent. Like Portugal, Sweden requires a residence permit of at least five years without any language requirements to obtain citizenship. The language requirement is not currently necessary, but may be added later. However, a person can also reduce this residence time to three years if they have had a Swedish spouse for at least two years. Everyone found it convenient and quick to get Swedish citizenship about 39 months after applying. Additionally, citizens enjoy equal rights and responsibilities, economic stability, ease of traveling across different countries without a visa, excellent education, healthcare facilities, and dual nationality for other countries than Swedish nationality.
Obtaining French nationality is simple, but requires a minimum lifespan for each foreigner. Residents are only required to reside there for five years, although people who complete their higher education at a French university can apply for citizenship in two years. After obtaining a residence permit, the foreigner must show basic knowledge of the French language, history, culture and politics to obtain citizenship.
Malta is the country that offers the fastest citizenship program through investment. Residents must present a one-year residence permit in addition to contributing the minimum required amount of €750,000. However, a person with a three-year residence permit obtains citizenship with less investment. The Maltese citizenship by investment process takes an average of 12-36 months and receiving the Maltese passport is effortless.
The United Kingdom offers British citizenship to anyone who has resided there for at least five years. Candidates must also demonstrate the skills necessary to pass the Life in the UK test and must demonstrate an intermediate command of the English language. Other benefits of living in the UK include dual citizenship which makes life easier for wealthy individuals.
Norway, unlike other Schengen countries, changed its citizenship restrictions in 2015. Under the new law, Norwegians are allowed to keep their second citizenship and must have spent at least 7 years in the country before applying for naturalization . Apart from this, applicants must also serve a series of documents including a certificate of good conduct from the police.
The Netherlands is another of the European countries that ranks among the most important investors for citizenship. Applicants who wish to spend the rest of their life in the country must live at least 5 years before applying for residency status. Other criteria include passing the civic integration exam and giving up their current nationality to become a Dutch citizen.
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