Croatia: new rule for citizenship applicants – citizenship test

Croatian ministry of the interior has October 26 published in the Government gazette (Narodne Novine) a 100-question supplement rule-book for citizenship applicants to fill in (answer). Applicants must answer correctly at least 10 out of 15 randomly picked questions for the test; some questions are of multiple choice answer type.  The questionnaire or test covers the applicants’ knowledge of Croatian language, Latin script, Croatian culture, society, history, customs, arts, literature, sports, economy, tourism and geographic position. 15 questions covering any of these areas may be randomly picked (by the authorities) for an individual applicant to answer.

Questions include knowledge, e.g., about what town lies on four rivers, what sport Drazen Petrovic, Toni Kukoc and Dino Radja played, the name of the world-famous Croatian female skier, what Croatia observes on 5 August, when is Day of Antifascism commemorated in Croatia, where the biggest amphitheater is in Croatia and when the Mohac Battle was fought.

Some of those 100 questions are about the inventor and researcher, who was born in Smiljan in 1856 (Nikola Tesla), who was the leader of the Croatian peasant revolt of 1573 (Matija Gubec) and applicants may be asked to name Croatian politicians killed in the parliament in Belgrade in 1928, or to name the monument, that is the tablet which is one of the first monuments containing an inscription in the Croatian language, dating from the year 1100, or to name the Catholic Archbishop of Zagreb during WW II (Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac) who was later persecuted by the Communist regime, or who is the author of the first Croatian novel “Planine.” (“Mountains”) written in 1536 (Petar Zoranic).

They may be asked who was Slava Raskaj, or to name the medieval tournament still held in Sinj every summer, or to name the most popular Croatian food condiment, which is a mixture of spices and various vegetables.

Otherwise the requirements for becoming a Croatian Citizen can be found here (as retrieved 4 November 2012). Of course, the matter of the above Questionnaire has not yet been updated due to its most recent publication by the Croatian ministry of internal affairs. Whether the 100 questions for the citizenship test will be translated into various languages is an information yet unavailable. I assume that citizenship applicants do not need to possess fluent Croatian language skills in order to be able to take this citizenship test.  Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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