What is the difference between nationality and naturalness?

The main difference between naturalness and nationality is that the first refers to a person’s city and state of birth. Nationality indicates the country of birth.

Nationality can also be that of the country where citizenship was obtained. In this case, the person will have two nationalities.

What is nationality?

Nationality refers to a person’s country of birth, or the country of which the person is a citizen.

The right to a given nationality can be achieved by two means:

  • Blood rightsjus sanguinis ): for example, a person who was not born in Brazil, but who has a father or mother of Brazilian nationality. In that case, the person will be entitled to two nationalities, that of the father and mother.
  • Solo rightjus solis ): it is the nationality you obtain through naturalness, that is, the place where you were born.

In some countries, nationality can also be obtained after living in it for a while.

In Brazil, a foreigner can apply for Brazilian nationality if he has lived in Brazil for at least 15 years, uninterrupted.

Examples of nationality:

  • Brazilian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

What is naturalness?

Naturalness indicates a person’s city and state of birth. Unlike nationality, a person can only have one place of birth, that of the place where he was born.

The term can also be used to indicate the place of origin of something, for example: “the handicrafts are naturally from Minas Gerais”.

Examples of naturalness:

  • Salvador, Bahia.
  • Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.
  • Curitiba, Parana.

How to fill out documents

Data on naturalness and nationality are widely used in resumes, identification documents, forms and forms.

In the case of nationality, the use of male or female depends on the gender of the citizen. For example, a woman is Brazilian, while the man is Brazilian.

In the case of naturalness, you must put the name of the city and state where the citizen was born.


  • Name: Maria Silva
  • Brazilian nationality
  • Place of birth: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
  • Name: João dos Santos
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Hometown: Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo


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