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Nationality

relationship between an individual human and a nation

The nationality of a person is that person's legal relationship with a state, for example a Swedish person's legal relationship with the kingdom of Sweden.[1] Nationality is not identical to citizenship but in the majority of states most of the population are also citizens. Dual nationality means that the person has a legal relationship with two different states at the same time, for example the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The rights and duties of individual people and the states they belong to vary from country to country.[2] "Nationality" can take on different meanings depending on the country, language and culture in question. For example, in the United States, if someone is of Italian descent, many people in the United States would claim that person's nationality as "Italian" even though the individual most likely does not have rights to an Italian passport and citizenship. In cases such as in airport security, when immigration officers ask for your "nationality," they are asking for you to give them a passport to use for your travel into a nation other than that of your citizenship.

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