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NORWEGIAN CITIZENSHIP

What you need to know about Norway’s citizenship test

If you want to become a Norwegian citizen and have access to the many benefits this citizenship allows, you have to pass a test. Here's the lowdown.

What you need to know about Norway's citizenship test
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What is the citizenship test?

The Norwegian Citizenship test is a mandatory test that needs to be passed in order to complete your application for Norwegain citizenship. You have to be between the ages of 18 and 67 in order to be eligible, and it is up to you to find a test date and apply on your own. 

While the Norwegian Citizenship test, or statsborgerprøve, is mandatory in many cases, the timeline and regulations of when you need to take it vary depending on where you are from and what type of residence permit you have. Look here to find out what your situation may entail. 

The Norwegian Citizenship test is one of two tests you have to take for Norwegian citizenship test. You must also pass an oral Norwegian test,  which is not a part of the citizenship test. 

What does the exam involve?

The exam is one hour long and contains 36 questions. Each question is a multiple choice of three options, with one being the correct answer. There are four trial questions that do not count towards your passing grade. 

You need at least 24 correct answers in order to pass. 

The questions you will be asked to answer are about topics in the genres: history and geography, democracy and welfare, education, health and working life in Norway.

To get a better idea , example questions of the Norwegian Citizenship test include: 

How do you register your new address when you move?

Answer: Through the National Population Register. Also known as Skatteetaten.

What is the longest fjord in Norway?

Answer: Sognefjord

When is international women’s day?

Answer: March 8th

Approximately how much of Norway is cultivated land?

Answer: 3 percent

Which country did Norway become a union with in 1814?

Answer: Sweden

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The exam is offered in both Bokmål and Nynorsk. Though  participants are allowed to have the questions read out loud with the aid of an audio file.  

The exam is also offered in other languages. But in order to use your passing grade as a part of applying for Norwegian citizenship, the test must be taken in Norwegian. 

How can I best be prepared?

Firstly, it is up to you to register and mark down your exam date. Your local authority decides where and when the tests will be given.  The price varies between municipalities and can range anywhere between 300 kroner to 2200 kroner.

It is important to note that once you have registered and paid for the exam, it is non-refundable if for some reason you are not able to take the test on the given day. 

Look here for a syllabus that will give you more of an overview for the test. 

The test will be taken on a computer in a monitored area. The test’s administrative system is called PAD. Candidates who will take the test must also set up and login through the PAD system in order to both register and take the test. 

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Results of your test will be available for you to check two to four weeks after your exam date. You can log in with this link to check your test status. 

It could possibly have been a long time since you have had to take a test of any nature. So think back to how you best prepared for exams in the past. No matter how long you have lived in Norway, do not just assume you will pass. Allow yourself a good amount of time to study. And seek out any external resources you need that will help you pass. 

Here is a link to the practical information you will need to know on the day of the exam. 

If you have any questions about the test , then you send any of your inquiries through this form

This link HERE for  the link that will allow you to register for the test.  

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Do children born in Norway automatically get citizenship?

A Norwegian passport comes with many benefits, and the country allows dual citizenship. So, what are the rules for the children of foreign nationals born in Norway? 

Do children born in Norway automatically get citizenship?

Norway opened the door to dual citizenship two years ago, meaning foreign residents could become citizens of the country without giving up their existing passport. 

Norwegian citizenship comes with a number of benefits, whether it’s the right to vote, being automatically enrolled into the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, or simply having a Norwegian passport, one of the most powerful travel documents available. 

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Some may assume that because their children were born in Norway, they will be entitled to citizenship automatically. However, this isn’t the case and not all children born in Norway automatically become Norwegian citizens.  

If both parents are foreign nationals

Children who are born to two parents who are foreign nationals and who are not citizens of Norway do not automatically become citizens. 

Instead, parents will need to apply for a residence permit if the parents are from outside the EU or European Economic Area (EEA), register the child as an EU/EEA national if they are nationals from within the EU/EEA, or apply for a residence permit under the family immigration rules

If you are required to apply for residence for the child, you will need to do so before they turn one. 

Those who are adopted, are under 18  and have an adoption licence issued by Norwegian authorities automatically become Norwegian citizens if they were adopted after September 1st 2006. 

To be eligible for citizenship, if both parents are non-Norwegian citizens, the child will need to be over 12, live in Norway and plan on living in the Scandinavian country in the future. They will also need to have lived in Norway for five of the past seven years and held residence permits valid for more than a year each. Those over 15 will need to apply for a criminal record certificate. You must also fulfil all the permanent residency requirements while the UDI process your application. This means you must not have been outside of Norway for a total of ten months in the last five years. 

Children over 16 will need to have completed mandatory training in the Norwegian language and passed the concluding tests, or if they have received a final assessment grade in Norwegian at secondary school or upper secondary school, they can apply to the municipality for an exemption. 

You can apply here. Application fees for children under 18 are waived. There will also be an ID check to confirm your identity. 

As the applicant is under 18 the parent will be applying on the child’s behalf. 

If one parent is a Norwegian citizen

Children with one parent who is a Norwegian citizen and born after September 1st 2006 automatically become Norwegian citizens at birth.

This applies regardless of whether the child was born abroad or if the parents were married at the time. 

The rules are tighter for offspring born before September 1st 2006, though. Those born before this date are Norwegian citizens from birth if their mother was Norwegian, or their father was Norwegian and married to the mother before the birth, or if the father died before birth, was Norwegian and was married to the mother at the time of his death. 

However, those born to a Norwegian father but who aren’t automatically citizens can become citizens relatively easily by handing in a notification of Norwegian citizenship. You can do this in Norway or from abroad. 

Those born before 1979 will need to contact the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), as per the immigration directorate’s advice

If I become a Norwegian citizen after my child is born, do my children qualify for Norwegian citizenship? 

Children under 18 can also apply for citizenship if their parents have become Norwegian since the child was born or are applying for Norwegian citizenship. 

When the parent is applying for citizenship, the parent’s and child’s applications can be lodged together. Joint applications also require the parent to meet the citizenship requirements that apply to them

Under these circumstances, the child must have resided in Norway for the past two years and held residence permits that were each valid for at least one year. To qualify as having stayed in Norway for two years, the child must not have been abroad for more than two months per calendar year for two years. These rules apply to children aged between two and 18. 

The rules for children younger than two are slightly different

We moved to Norway after our child was born, what are the citizenship rules for them? 

Children under 18 and over 12 can apply for citizenship. They must live in the country full time, have a valid resident permit when they apply and whilst the application is processed.

They must have also been a full time resident of Norway for five of the last seven years. In addition to this, applicants over 15 must submit a criminal record certificate and meet the requirements for permanent residence. 

If one or both of the parents is a Nordic citizen and the child has lived in Norway for two years you can apply once you are over the age of 12.

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