How to Become an Icelandic Citizen

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Iceland has beautiful natural features, a strong government dedicated to social welfare and some of the lowest crime rates in the Western world. If you'd like to be a part of Iceland, the process of citizenship is rigorous but not overwhelming. For any dedicated person who wants citizenship, becoming a citizen of Iceland will be an uncomplicated process.

Review the Criteria

Carefully check the time conditions in the Icelandic Nationality Act to ensure you have spent enough time in Iceland to qualify to apply for citizenship. Single foreign nationals will have needed to live in Iceland for seven years, while foreign nationals married to an Icelandic citizen will only need to have resided in Iceland for three years after the marriage.

Secure Two Testimonials

Secure at least two testimonials from former employers. These testimonials should discuss your suitability for citizenship, your work ethic, and your ability to support yourself as a citizen. Be sure to have several signed original copies of these documents in your files in case you need to present them to more than one official. Also secure any tax documents you may be missing from your employers.

Register for the Citizenship Exam

Register for and take the Icelandic citizenship exam. This exam is administered twice a year, to demonstrate you have a working knowledge of the Icelandic language and the history of Iceland. If this test would somehow be unfair to you, due to disability or other mitigating factor, you should contact the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, which will work with you on this issue.

Review Additional Requirements

Review any special requirements with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, and then present all necessary materials, such as the testimonials and tax records of your time in Iceland, to the ministry for review. Retain copies of these documents in case you need to present them again. It may take several months before you hear from the Ministry.


  • Always retain copies of correspondence and documents you receive or present to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.