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QUIZ: Would you pass the Norwegian citizenship test?

If you want to get Norwegian citizenship, you will - most likely - need to pass the citizenship test in Norwegian. Can you pass our quiz version?

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While there are 36 questions (and they’re in Norwegian) in the real test, we’ve compiled 15 questions for you to have a go at answering. Photo by Gu Bra / Pexels

So, you’ve decided you want to apply for Norwegian citizenship, and you want to know more about the country’s citizenship test. If that’s the case – you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we will cover the key aspects of Norway’s citizenship test, how and where you can take it, the number of correct answers you’ll need to pass the test, and you’ll even get the chance to try your hand at our mock version of the test!

Key aspects of Norway’s citizenship test

The Norwegian citizenship test (Norwegian: statsborgerprøve) is one of the two tests that most people need to pass before they can apply for citizenship in the country.

The test itself lasts up to 60 minutes, and you must take it in Norwegian. However, you’ll be free to choose either the bokmål or the nynorsk form of the Norwegian language. There are a total of 36 questions in the citizenship test. In order to successfully pass the (real) test, you need to have 24 correct answers.

READ MORE: What you need to know about Norway’s citizenship test

The Local’s mock quiz

While there are 36 questions (and they’re in Norwegian) in the real test, we’ve compiled 15 questions for you to have a go at answering – based on the official examples provided by the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.

The 36 questions in the real citizenship test cover a broader range of topics than those covered here, so please don’t take our quiz as any certain measure of your ability to pass the real thing, and prepare diligently for the real thing.

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How long do Norwegian citizenship applications take to process?

Becoming a fully-fledged Norwegian citizen is an attractive proposition for many reasons. So, how long will you have to wait after checking off the criteria and submitting your documents? 

How long do Norwegian citizenship applications take to process?

Being recognised as a citizen of a country where you have lived and paid your taxes for years is a major goal for many people. 

Since Norway adopted dual citizenship in 2020, becoming Norwegian has only become more attractive. 

Whether it feels as if you have become a bit Norwegian after learning the language and living in the country for years, wanting to secure the right to live in Norway indefinitely, or benefiting from the same privileges (such as freedom of movement) that other EEA nationals enjoy, there are plenty of good reasons to take up citizenship.

The road to citizenship is a long one. You will need to have lived in Norway for long enough (with the residency requirements changing on your situation), sat language exams, passed a citizenship or Norwegian social studies test and be able to produce a good conduct certificate from the police. 

Checking off all of these criteria takes years. So, once you’ve submitted all the paperwork and attended your police appointment, how long will you have to wait to find out if your application has been successful? 

Per-Jan Brekke, a senior press advisor for the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), has told The Local that citizenship applications can take up to two years to process.  

“It normally takes 24 months to receive an answer after you have submitted your documents to the police. This is also the case for applicants who have shorter residence-period requirements because their income meets the reference threshold,” he told The Local. 

However, he added that the waiting time varied from country to country. For example, applications from Syrian nationals take longer to process than nationals from other countries.

“One of the reasons for long waiting times is that it is a challenge for Norwegian authorities to confirm the identity of persons from Syria. It has been difficult to determine the authenticity of Syrian passports since the civil war began in 2012. Consequently, the UDI has to confirm identities in other ways. Carrying out these alternative activities requires a case officer to evaluate your application,” he said. 

As 24 months is a rough guideline and processing times differ for nationals of different countries, many may experience significantly shorter waiting times to receive an answer to their application. Anecdotally, The Local has seen cases where applications have received a response within months, while others have waited much closer to (and beyond) the 24-month mark to receive an answer. 

The UDI provides an overview of estimated waiting times for nationals of different countries on its website

As a rough example, citizens of Syria face waiting times of 26 months, while those from the USA are advised that it will take around 22 months to find out if their application has been successful.

Factors that can increase the time one has to wait to receive a decision on their case is if the UDI has to do additional casework on your application. Additionally, some applications will be automatically processed, while others will be processed earlier than others because they are working through similar applications simultaneously. 

The UDI advises on its website that those who do not receive an answer to their application within two months can assume that their documents are not being processed automatically, which means a case officer is handling it. It also writes that there is nothing wrong with applications being worked on by a case officer but that they do take longer to process. 

Estimated waiting times are updated on an almost monthly basis by the UDI. Therefore, checking in regularly before you submit your application can give you an accurate overview of how long your case may take to process