Foreign nationals wishing to acquire Greek nationality will have to pass written examinations and demonstrate sufficient knowledge of Greek history, geography, culture and politics as well as sufficient command of the language at a level of competence of at least B1.
The written tests described in the bill tabled Tuesday by the government in parliament replace the oral tests which will now only be possible in special cases in particular if the candidate has a physical or learning disability such as dyslexia, or is over 67 years old.
Graduates from a Greek high school or university will also be exempt from written exams. Exam subjects will be selected from a list of subjects which will be made available to candidates online so that they can prepare for the test. Candidates who do not pass the first time will be able to retake the exam at an additional cost.
The exams will take place twice a year for a fee of 250 euros per person and applicants will need to score 80% or more to pass. According to official figures, more than 30,000 citizenship applications are still pending, many of which were filed several years ago.