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Marriage of foreigners

Marriage of foreigners

Foreign nationals can also be married at local register offices. Prior to the marriage ceremony, the foreigner must provide the local register office with a certificate from the authorities of his or her own country stating that there is nothing preventing the planned matrimony.

Apostille Certificate

As a rule, either this certificate must also be accompanied by the Apostille Certificate, or the certificates must be legalized. Exceptions to this general rule are certificates granted by the authorities of other Nordic countries. From February 16, 2019, due to an EU regulation, certain public documents issued by the authorities of an EU member state must be accepted in the other member states without an Apostille certificate. Please ask for more information on this at your Local Register Office.

The registrars of the local register offices carry out civil marriage ceremonies

The registrars of the local register offices carry out civil marriage ceremonies. The marriage ceremony can be short and no-frills, but can also include live music and poetry readings. At least two witnesses must be present at any marriage ceremony.

Church blessing

A church blessing can be carried out in addition to the civil ceremony if agreed upon with a church parish. An investigation is carried out prior to a marriage in order to ensure that there is no reason why the marriage may not be carried out. The investigation can be carried out either by the local register office or an appropriate church parish.

The certificate of no impediment

The certificate of no impediment must be left at the local register office prior to the marriage. In addition, the bride and groom must inform the local register office of the surname or surnames they plan on using.

Contact the local register office

A successful marriage ceremony requires planning. Make sure to contact the local register office well before you plan on getting married.