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QUIZ: Would you pass the Norwegian driving theory test?

Norway has taken strong measures to ensure there are safe drivers behind the wheel, which is why obtaining a driving licence (a "førerkort") is not an easy task. To get a licence, you'll have to take the theory test, but would you pass it?

QUIZ: Would you pass the Norwegian driving theory test?
To get a licence in Norway you'll need to pass the theory test. Photo by Dessy Dimcheva on Unsplash

Getting a driving licence in Norway requires time, commitment, and, unfortunately, a good chunk of cash. Yes, the process of obtaining a licence in Norway can be rigorous. But it is a big part of why the roads in Norway are considered some of the safest in all of Europe

Along with meeting the number of required driving hours with a certified instructor, new drivers must also pass practical and written driving exams before getting their license.

Unfortunately, we can’t sit in the passenger seat next to you. But, we can provide a quiz with official driving theory exam questions from Theoritentamen, along with answers and helpful test day information to help you better understand what Statens Vegvesen (The Norwegian Road Administration) expects you to know before getting behind the wheel. 

The actual driving theory test is taken on a computer in person at your local Statens Vegvesen centre. It is a multiple-choice exam with four possibilities and only one correct answer. 

Before we get to the quiz, you can also take a peek at our citizenship quiz to give your brain a workout and see if you are as Norwegian as a Bunad on May 17th or whether you need to read up on Scandinavian history and culture a bit more. 

READ ALSO: Norway has the strictest driving fines in Europe, study shows

Sample Quiz

1. What is the stopping distance? 

Answer: The stopping distance in Norway is calculated as the reaction distance added to the braking distance. The braking distance can be twice as long on wet asphalt as on dry asphalt, increasing the total stopping distance.

2. Can mandatory abstinence be applied to professional drivers?

Answer: Yes, if the driver is a professional transport driver of either goods or people.

This means professional drivers must abstain from consuming alcohol or sedatives during their shift and the eight hours leading up to the start of their shift.  

3. Can stress affect the way you drive?

Answer: Yes, it can lead to lowered attentiveness.

Anything that can reduce your concentration, including stress, can affect your ability to drive. Other factors include illness, fatigue, alcohol, and anger and irritation. 

4. The road you are driving on is reduced from two lanes to one. Who has an obligation to give way?

Answer: No one has the right-of-way; drivers in both lanes must take care to accommodate each other.

When two lanes merge, the traffic rules state that it is up to the driver to take care. So no matter what lane you are in, you should give way. 

5. What do yellow markings in the middle of the roadway mean?

Answer: The road has traffic going in both directions.

In Norway, yellow road markings are used to divide traffic lanes with traffic going in opposite directions. 

6. What is meant by aquaplaning?

Answer: Water between the tyre and the road causes the tyre to lose traction.

Aquaplaning happens when there is water between the car’s tyres and the surface of the road – the risk of aquaplaning increases when driving at higher speeds. So take care to slow down in wet driving conditions. 

7. What are the three parts of the road called?

Answer: The shoulder, the carriageway/roadway, and the traffic lane.

Take note to find out what parts of the road are called as many of the questions on the theory exam have pictures asking you to identify a traffic situation. Or, in this case, certain parts of the road.

8. You are going to turn right onto a priority road. A car coming from the left signals that they are turning into the road you are coming from. Can you rely on their signal?

Answer: No

A driver must always look out for signs from the other driver along with the signals given. Check that they have also reduced their speed and positioned themselves correctly in the lane before turning onto a priority road. 

9. Your car’s power steering has suddenly stopped working. What is the correct thing to do?

Answer: You can continue driving as long as your car is roadworthy.

You can still drive if it is considered safe to do so for you and other cars and passengers on the road. Though you should take the car to a repair shop to make the necessary repairs. 

10. How can emergency lay-bys in a tunnel be used?

Answer: They must only be used in case of emergency. 

11. What kind of lines are the white lines?

Answer: Dividing lines

Take note and make sure you can identify what warning lines, edge lines, and lane lines are well. 

12.The three-second rule indicates a minimum driving distance. Greater distances are required when….

Answer: When there are hazardous driving conditions.

The three-second rule is merely a rule of thumb. It would be wise to give the vehicle in front of you a greater distance, especially during the winter months.

13. The traffic rules regarding driving on motorways state that….

Answer: Only vehicles that can drive faster than speeds of 40km/h are permitted to go on the motorway. 

Practical information before you show up to take the Norwegian driving theory exam

  • Before you take the theory exam, you have to apply for a driving licence. Look here for the link to apply. 
  • The exam consists of 45 questions. You must get at least 85 percent of the answers, or 38 questions, correct to pass. Your test results will be given immediately after taking the test.
  • You have 90 minutes to complete the test.
  • The test costs 680 kroner.
  • To book a slot to take the theory test in Oslo, look here.
  • Remember to take with you a valid ID. Remember that your Norwegian ID card or foreign driving licence is not a valid form of identification for this test. So take your passport instead.
  • If you are applying for the standard “class B” driver licence, then language options for the test include: Norwegian, English, German, Turkish, Sami, and Arabic.

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Trollstigen: Tips for driving Norway’s most famous road this summer

One of the country's most iconic roads, Trollstigen, has reopened for the summer season. But, before you buckle up and take in the spectacular scenery, there are a few things you should know. 

Trollstigen: Tips for driving Norway's most famous road this summer

Trollstigen, famous for its 11 hairpin turns draped over a breathtaking mountain pass, reopened for summer traffic on June 10th. 

Up to one million tourists, motorists, cyclists and motorcyclists are expected to take to the road in Møre og Romsdal, Western Norway. 

The road’s original reopening was delayed due to a series of avalanches in the valley this winter. The mountain pass is probably the most iconic of Norway’s 18 tourist route roads. So if you plan a trip this summer, you’ll want to know what to expect from the route. 

Where is Trollstigen? 

The road is located on country road 63 in the Rauma and Fjord municipalities in the Møre og Romsdal county of west Norway. The Geiranger to Trollstigen stretch is 104 kilometres long and has an elevation change of 1,000 metres. 

However, the most famous part of the road is the section which ascends, or descends, from Stigøra. This stretch of road is blanketed with 11 hairpin bends and is notable for being carved into the mountain, supported by stone walls and the impressive bridge which crosses the Stigfossen waterfall. 

What to see? 

Looking out of the windows will be the easiest place to start, but you shouldn’t just pass through the road and valley as there are plenty of places to stop. 

For starters, there is the large viewing platform which hovers 200 metres above the most picturesque stretch of road, with different observation points for both bold and more cautious visitors. 

Near the road’s end is Flydalsjuvet, located on the steep mountains that back onto the inner Geirangerfjord. The fjord is a UNESCO world heritage site, and the rest stop at Flydalsjuvet is excellent for taking photos.

 
 
 
 
 
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If you get hungry, you can stop at the Gudbrandsjuvet viewing point. The café there is open from 10am until 5pm every day during the summer season. 

For more inspiration on where to stop and what to see, click here

Expect some congestion too

You may be left disappointed if you dream of having the open road ahead of you and the mountain pass all to yourself. The reason for this is that during the high season, 2,000 vehicles pass the Trollstigveien Plateau. This is the equivalent of a car every 10 seconds. 

Furthermore, the route is becoming a popular cycling destination, and slower vehicles such as mobile homes, which can struggle with the inclines, also use the road. Therefore you can expect slow-moving traffic. 

This may not be the worst thing in the world, as it means you’ll have more time to take in the views. If you prefer quieter roads then it is best taking the route outside of peak hours. 

Weather in the west of Norway can’t always be relied on

Perhaps after seeing a picture of the road, it’ll be easy to imagine yourself pootling down it, or meandering up it with the sun shining, windows opening and clear skies above. 

This may not be the case as the weather in west Norway doesn’t always cooperate, and grey skies and rain are relatively common during the summer. 

Due to the altitude, weather can also affect visibility significantly, so if you plan a trip to see the road especially, you should do so when the forecast is on your side. 

Checking the weather will help give more nervous drivers a heads up to whether they can expect wet or greasy roads, while cyclists and motorbike owners can avoid having their trip ruined by bucketing rain. 

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