Written exams for the naturalization of foreign residents started on Sunday with a total of 2,465 people to have registered for the first exams to obtain the Certificate of Knowledge Adequacy for Naturalization (PEGP).
Most of the candidates are of Albanian descent, there are also candidates from Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, a few from Pakistan and India as well as a few form the USA and Australia, kathimerini reported.
Candidates are examined on their knowledge adequacy of the Greek language through the comprehension of text and writing. They will also be asked to answer questions on the history of political institutions, geography and culture.
The question reportedly range from the name of the sea where the Aliakmonas River ends up to the names of actors in popular Greek movies from the 1950s and 60s, football clubs, music groups and their singers (some from the 1960s too) but also questions on detailed knowledge of Greek Orthodox religious customs.
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Why should not Greek Orthodox candidates know that one has to prepare koliva 40 days after a person deceases? why should non-Greek Orthodox know why Greeks bake fanouropita?
The candidate passes the exams when he manages 70% of the maximum possible scores such as 66% in Greek language and 50% in the other sections.
Foreigners requesting Greek citizenship must have an annual income of 7,800 euros (equivalent to the salary of an unskilled worker) for a minimum of three years before submitting an application.