Close to 400 people granted citizenship in first half of 2020

Estonian passports.
Estonian passports. Source: Piret Kooli

In the first six months of 2020, the state has granted Estonian citizenship to 391 people, of whom 273 previously had no determined citizenship.

As of July, citizenship has been refused for 33 persons.

The largest proportaion of Estonian citizenship granted this year has been granted to people who were previously of undetermined citizenship. On 83 occasions, citizenship was granted to people who previously held Russian citizenship, and 10 were granted to Ukrainian citizens. Taking on Estonian citizenship requires surrendering the previous citizenship.

Seven people from Pakistan, three to formerly Belarusian citizens, three to from Latvia and also three from Armenia also received Estonian citizenship. Two former U.S. citizens also became Estonians, along with two from Turkey and two Sri Lankans.

In 2019, in addition to Estonians, people of 146 different nationalities are registered as residing in the country.


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