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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


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. 


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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REVEALED: Do higher language requirements make Norwegian citizenship less appealing?

Norway will raise the language requirements for citizenship in October. Foreign residents in the country have told The Local whether the new rules will put them off applying in the future. 

REVEALED: Do higher language requirements make Norwegian citizenship less appealing?

The language requirements for Norwegian citizenship will become stricter from October 1st. The required level will be raised from A2 to B1, in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

For those that register their application and submit it via the online application portal before September 24th but are unable to hand in their documents to the police before October 1st, the UDI will count their application as handed in before the new rules take effect- meaning they are required to pass the language test at A2. 

READ MORE: How long does it take to meet Norway’s new language requirements for citizenship? 

So, how have those hoping to become a Norwegian citizen in the future taken the news, and do they think the new rule is fair? 

Shortly after the change was announced, The Local ran a survey among readers and subscribers to find out whether they thought the new requirements would put them off applying. The results of the survey delivered a clear “no”. 

Just under 75 percent of readers said that the higher requirements would not put them off applying, while 26.7 percent said that the new rules would deter them from attempting to become a Norwegian citizen in the future. 

Additionally, only one-fifth said that language requirements for citizenship were a bad thing. 

When using social media as a bellwether, you should always exercise caution. Still, even there, most comments and replies to articles announcing the change were reasonably positive towards the change. 

One common thing readers undeterred by the language requirements shared in common is that they felt knowing the language to a certain degree should be expected of a citizen. 

“Knowing the language goes hand in hand with living in a foreign country and certainly with becoming a citizen. If citizenship is important to you, the language must be as well. B1 level is achievable and a reasonable level to expect a citizen to have,” Even, who originally hails from the USA but lives in Vestland County, told The Local. 

Similarly, many felt the requirement for B1 isn’t too demanding, either because by the time they are eligible for citizenship, they should be comfortable at that level or because they feel that the country gives a lot in return. 

“By the time I’ve spent enough time here to apply, the language requirement will not be an issue,” Peter, who has lived in Norway for a year, said. 

Meanwhile, Lester from South Africa wrote: “Norway gives me so much but asks so little in return. A few hundred hours of language training is well worth living in one of the best countries in the world.” 

Others also wrote that B1 was a reasonably attainable level if you put in a couple of hours a week to reach the language requirements.  

However, not everyone felt the same. A common frustration among those who think that the Norwegian language requirements would hamper their chances of becoming a Norwegian citizen was that they thought the new requirements moved the goalposts. 

A reader from Brazil said that the process led them to decide to leave Norway for good.

“This process (applying for citizenship) became so frustrating for me. It was hard for me to pass Norwegian A2 level. Then when everything was ready for me to apply for citizenship, they changed the (residence) rule from 7 to 8 years and now (new) language (requirements). I got totally discouraged and now decided that I will move out of Norway as well,” the reader wrote.