Getting Married in Sweden: A Guide for Foreigners

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If you are getting married in Sweden, Stockholm City Hall is the place to do it! This beautiful building is located in the heart of the city and is a popular wedding venue for both Swedish and foreign couples.

In this blog post, you will find a guide on how to get married at Stockholm City Hall. You will also find information on what documents you need to bring with you, as well as what the process is like.

My now-husband and I had a small wedding celebration in the Stockholm City Hall. Neither of us is Swedish, and I am the only registered resident in Sweden at that time.

A step-by-step guide on getting married in Sweden

How to Get Married in Stockholm City Hall

The process of getting married in Sweden is relatively simple. Here are steps on how to get married in Stockholm City Hall:

  1. Book a wedding in Stockholm City Hall 
  2. Apply for a certificate of no impediment (hindersprövning) at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket)
  3. Pay the fee of 800 SEK. 
  4. Submit the documents to the Stockholm City Hall at least 4 weeks before the wedding.

Book a wedding in Stockholm City Hall

You need to create an account in Stockholm’s e-services if you don’t have one yet. You can also log in using your BankID.

You will need to fill out the following details:

  • Name 
  • Birthdate 
  • Address 
  • Phone number
  • Language of the ceremony and marriage certificate

Currently, the e-service for booking a wedding is closed for maintenance.

You can book your wedding date about 6 months in advance. This will be a preliminary booking only; your booking will be confirmed once they received the documents from the Skatteverket.

There is also an option to select your desired wedding day in case your preferred date is already booked. Just make sure that the email address that you entered is still valid because they will send you a notification if a slot becomes available.

How to book a schedule without creating an account

You can send them an email at vigsel@stockholm.se or call them at 08-508 29 330 to make a booking. If you are sending an email, include your names, dates of birth, address, and phone number.

Apply for a certificate of no impediment

Before you can get married in Sweden, you need to apply for a certificate of no impediment (hindersprövningsintyg) at the Skatteverket.

Once you made a wedding reservation, you will also receive an email from the city hall with more information on how to proceed. The earliest application for the certificate is 4 months before the reserved wedding date.

The documents you will need to submit depends on your ties in Sweden:

  1. You are both registered in Sweden
  2. One of you is not registered in Sweden
  3. Neither is registered in Sweden, but at least one is a citizen of Sweden
  4. Neither is registered in Sweden nor a citizen of Sweden
  5. One has previously been married or a registered partner 

Both are registered to Sweden

It’s easy to apply for this certificate if you are both registered in Sweden. All you need to do is fill out the form SKV 7880 and submit it to Skatteverket.

You can either print the form and fill it out or order from Skatteverket and they’ll send it to your mailbox.

Only one is registered in Sweden

If only one of you is registered, then you need to make a personal appearance to Skatteverket and submit additional documents.

The processing time is approximately 3 months* and Miguel originally planned to arrive here 2 weeks before our wedding, so imagine our worry when we found out about this.

I contacted the Skatteverket and informed them about Miguel’s travel date so they let us apply in advance.

  1. Fill out the form SKV 7880. In the Övriga upplysningar (Other information) section, let them know when you will visit the Skatteverket.
  2. (Person not registered) Provide a certificate confirming your civil status
  3. (Person not registered) Copy of passport.
  4. Make a personal appearance to the Skatteverket, provide the original copy of CENOMAR and passport, and submit the application form SKV 7880.

In the Philippines, the certificate confirming your civil status is called CENOMAR. And, it was apostilled by DFA.

I submitted the form SKV 7880 together with a copy of Miguel’s CENOMAR and passport on 28 November.

We had a personal appearance and submitted everything by 10 February, and on 14 February, we received the documents (a marriage certificate is also included)!

* This was based on the information Skatteverket provided to us for our wedding in March 2020.

Pay the fee of 800 SEK

You will receive an invoice to your mailbox to pay the ceremony fee.

Submit the documents to Stockholm City Hall

Skatteverket will be sending you the certificate of no impediment (hindersprövning) together with the marriage certificate. You will need to submit them to:

Vigslar Stadshuset
105 35 Stockholm

And wait for a confirmation of your wedding ceremony!

The Wedding Day

Our wedding day is on a Saturday, so we had our ceremony at the Oval Room.

You need to be there at least 15 minutes early together with your witnesses and guests. The city hall staff can also serve as your witnesses if you don’t have any.

Don’t forget to bring your IDs!

I'm Married

The ceremony will only take less than 5 minutes and you will get your marriage certificate right after.

Unfortunately, we got married during the COVID-19 pandemic so our friends and family could not celebrate this special day with us. We also had to cancel our small celebration after the wedding due to this.

Here’s a more personal blog post about our wedding in Stockholm during the pandemic!

If you want to change your surname…

If you are registered in Sweden and want to change your surname, you can apply using form Efternamn, byte – Ansökan (SKV 7502).

More information about getting married in Sweden

  1. You need to have at least two witnesses.
  2. The Oval Room has a maximum capacity of 15 guests.
  3. Wedding Photographer: Evia Photos

The process of getting married in Sweden is straightforward and you don’t need to provide unnecessary documents!

By following the instructions provided here and getting all of your paperwork squared away before your wedding day, getting married in Sweden is a simple process that will take just minutes to complete.

And, for foreigners who want to get married in Sweden? I’m glad this blog post was helpful! If you have any questions about how getting married in Sweden might work for you, just send me a message!


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8 comments
  1. Hi just want to ask if I’m in the Philippines and my boyfriend is in Denmark can we process the certificate of no impediment

    I’ll be leaving Denmark this month and planning to come back after 90 days . While I’m in Philippines can we process the certificate of no impediment around May or June? We need to book an appointment first right to the City Hall right?

  2. Hi, I’m Anel and I would like to talk to you about the problems that a person can have when living abroad, the main one being getting a job and with a good salary, another would be having a decent home and above all adapting to a new future and finding friends although they do not speak the same language, an important point is that discrimination exists abroad and it is very difficult not to find a person who discriminates against you for not belonging there, and I hope this information is useful to you.

  3. Hi! My partner is a British citizen and is currently working in Stockholm. We are planning to get married when I visit in May, but I’m having a hard time finding the SKV 7880 document in English. I’ve been able to download it in Swedish but neither my partner nor I speak Swedish. I would appreciate any help as we get these documents together!

  4. Hej Karen

    Congratulations and thank you for the information. I will move to Sweden very soon and I plan to get married there in July. Would it be possible to register for a marriage with the city hall? How long have you lived in Sweden to be able to register? We are not Swedish and my fiancé is European. Do they accept English or French translated documents or only in Swedish?

    Cheers

  5. Thank you for the post. Could you help me with my papers to apply for marriage in Sweden. We will be getting married in Kalix, Sweden. Need to all the paperwork together. We are planning it for around February of 2023.

  6. Both persons need to visit Skatteverket for submitting the documents or if it is okay that only one person make appearance to Skatteverket? I am asking this question because my girlfriend is not in Sweden and if it is okay that I will do all the documentation and she arrive few days before marriage.

    1. In our experience, Skatteverket asked my husband to personally submit the documents. What we did was submit the copy of the documents in advance and we indicated when my husband will be arriving in Sweden. After his personal appearance, we got everything in a week. And got married a month after.

  7. Hej Karen
    This is a lovely story and nice description of what to do. Very informative, especially in this special circumstances.
    We are planning of getting married in the near future as well during the pandemic and your listing helped a lot with planning. Especially since we are in a similar situation like you and Miguel were.
    All the best for the future.
    Pascal

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