Fully a third of all immigrants in Norway who apply for citizenship flunk the required test. Around 6,000 people took the test last year, and far from all of them were granted Norwegian passports.
The citizenship test became obligatory last January, so the results for 2017 are the first available. Gina Lund, director of the state agency Kompetanse Norge, told state broadcaster NRK that she and her colleagues would take a closer look at which questions seem to be the most difficult.
“You can take the citizenship tst as many times as you want, but if you don’t pass, you don’t get to be a citizen,” Lund said. The test consists of 32 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within an hour. At least 24 must be answered correctly in order to pass.
The questions are meant to confirm what’s considered a basic knowledge of Norway and Norwegian. For a sample test compiled by NRK, click here.