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QUIZ: Can you pass The Local’s mock-up Swedish citizenship test?

Sweden's government is considering bringing in a 'citizenship test' to check prospective citizens are informed on Swedish society and culture. We've adapted some real questions from Denmark's citizenship test. Can you answer them?

QUIZ: Can you pass The Local's mock-up Swedish citizenship test?
A citizenship ceremony at Stockholm town hall in 2017. Photo: Lars Pedersen/TT

Since 2015, Denmark’s citizenship test has consisted of 40 multiple-choice questions, some of which are quite easy, and some extremely challenging. 

The real Danish test can only be taken in Danish, but we’ve translated and in some cases adapted 20 questions from real Danish tests, made public by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

The pass mark on the real Danish test is 32/40 – the equivalent of 16 out of 20 in our quiz.

It should be noted that Denmark’s test is notoriously difficult, and it’s quite likely that Sweden will set the bar a little lower.

Given how closely Sweden’s new government is drawing on Denmark’s example for its plans to toughen migration law, however, it’s fairly likely that a future Swedish test would look quite similar to this one. 

READ ALSO: How does Sweden’s government want to change migration policy? 

Good luck! 

Member comments

  1. Thanks so much for creating this test. I only got 10 questions correct so I need to study more.

    Can you continue creating some more tests so we can continue learning? Maybe once a month or 4 times a year. Gather them together so we can study them. If nothing else it would be good for us to know this anyway!

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Swedish Migration Agency asks to pause fast-track scheme for delayed permits

Sweden's Migration Agency has called for a "temporary pause" in the processing of so-called delayed work permit and citizenship cases, which means individuals would no longer be able to request a decision to be made on their case after four or six months have passed.

Swedish Migration Agency asks to pause fast-track scheme for delayed permits

The Migration Agency’s general director Mikael Ribbenvik explained in a press release that the agency had requested the pause in order to cut waiting times.

“We can see that handling these delayed cases takes far too many resources away from normal processing,” he said.

“This leads to longer processing times, which goes against the whole idea of the rule.”

The request, submitted by the Migration Agency, the Swedish courts and the administrative courts in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, proposes that the government pauses the processing of delayed cases for 18 months. This proposal would apply to work permit and citizenship cases, in order to cut processing times.

Despite taking measures to cut waiting times for work permits and citizenship cases, the Migration Agency admits that waiting times are still long, with a growing number of cases – including delayed cases – meaning that resources cannot be used effectively.

The possibility of applying to have a delayed case expedited was introduced in summer 2018 to help those who had been waiting a long time to get an answer on their citizenship or work permit application to speed up the Migration Agency’s decision and thereby cut waiting times.

However, Ribbenvik stated, the agency warned that this could lead to longer waiting times when it was proposed.

“In our response to the consultation stage of the law, we pointed out that this could lead to the opposite – longer waiting times, as our employees have to dedicate their time to these delayed cases instead of responding to applications for citizenship or work permits,” he said.

Facts and figures

Applications for work permits and citizenship increased by 18 percent in 2022 compared with 2018.

In 2022, around 190,000 applications for work permits or citizenship were submitted.

In 2022, around 75,000 applications for a response on delayed cases were submitted.

The average waiting time for work permits is 171 days.

The average waiting time for citizenship is 431 days.

In recent years, between 13,000 and 33,000 decisions on delayed cases were appealed.