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Home NATIONAL71% qualify in driving test on first attempt
Sun, 21 Jun, 2015 12:05:45 AM
FTimes – STT Report, June 21
File picture: Driving school student is practicing driving in Helsinki. Photo Lehtikuva.
Only 71 percent of driving license applicants pass the test on the first attempt,  reported Finnish language daily Helsingin Sanomat.
In 2004, 76% of first-timers passed. 
According to the newspaper, the rate of first-timer success rates varies by region.
For example, in Pohjanmaa (Ostrobothnia), 81 percent pass the driving test on their first attempt, while in southwest Finland (Varsinais-Suomi), it is only 64%. The data is based on statistics from the Transport Safety Agency Trafi.
Trafi expert Veljo Tuononen in an interview said that one of the reasons for the regional difference is the different traffic environments. In large cities, driving is more demanding than in rural areas.
A gender gap is also evident in the statistics. Among men, 75 percent pass on their first try, while only 65 percent of women pass. 
According to Tuononen, the difference can be explained by the fact that men are, in general, more interested in cars than women.
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