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Before the ceremony – consideration of impediments to marriage

Before you can get married in Sweden, you must apply to the Swedish Tax Agency for a consideration of impediments to marriage. You apply by filling in a form that you send to the Tax Agency. It is important that you submit your application in good time before the ceremony.

Under Swedish legislation, the following impediments to marriage exist:

  • Age – if either of you is under the age of 18, you may not get married.
  • Kinship – if you are closely related, you may not get married to each other.
  • If either of you is already married/has a registered partner, you may not get married.

These impediments apply if you are getting married in Sweden, even if you are not Swedish citizens or do not live in Sweden.
When the consideration of impediments to marriage is complete, you will receive a certificate of no impediment and a wedding certificate from the Tax Agency. The certificates are posted to you and are valid for four months. You then contact the officiant in good time before your ceremony. You must provide both certificates to the officiant, but bear in mind that many organisers of ceremonies, e.g. municipalities, may need to have the certificates earlier in order to be able to plan for the ceremony. After the ceremony, the officiant fills in the certificates and sends them to the Tax Agency.

No stamps on the certificates

As of 1 March 2015, certificates of no impediment are no longer stamped and signed. For a transitional period there will be both certificates with and certificates without a signature. From 1 July, certificates with a stamp are no longer valid.

How to apply for a consideration of impediments to marriage

Apply for a consideration of impediments to marriage by filling in the Tax Agency's form SKV 7880 and send or hand it in to the Tax Agency. Depending on what ties you have to Sweden, you might also need to submit other documents and personally visit the Tax Agency at the time of application.

Read more about what applies to you:

We are both registered in Sweden

If both of you are registered in Sweden, you can apply for a consideration of impediments to marriage by filling in the Tax Agency's form SKV 7880. Sign the form and send or hand in the original to the Tax Agency.

One of us is not registered in Sweden

If one of you is not registered in Sweden, i.e. is either deregistered from the Swedish population register or has never been registered here, you must visit a Tax Agency office to submit your application for a consideration of impediments to marriage. At the office, the person who is not registered must prove their identity with a passport. For citizens of an EEA country or Switzerland, a national ID card can also be used.

If you are not registered in Sweden, you must also provide a certificate confirming your civil status. This certificate will have been issued preferably by a competent authority in the country in which you now live or, if this is not possible, by a competent authority in the country of which you are a citizen. The certificate may be no more than four months old.

If you do not have such a certificate, you can contact a competent authority in the country in which you now live, the country of which you are a citizen or your closest embassy for further information.

Neither of us is registered in Sweden, but one or both are citizens of Sweden

If neither of you is registered in Sweden, but at least one of you is a citizen of Sweden, both of you must visit a Tax Agency office when submitting your application for a consideration of impediments to marriage. At the office, both of you must prove your identity with a passport. For citizens of an EEA country or Switzerland, a national ID card can also be used.

Each of you must also provide a certificate confirming your civil status. If you are a Swedish citizen, the certificate must be issued by an authority in the country in which you now live, i.e. not from a Swedish authority. If you are not a Swedish citizen, you will provide a certificate issued preferably by a competent authority in the country in which you now live or, if this is not possible, by a competent authority in the country of which you are a citizen. The certificates may be no more than four months old.

You can also submit a marriage licence, if these are issued in the country in which you now live. A marriage licence is a certificate from a competent authority in that country which demonstrates that you have the right to get married to each other. If you do not each already have a certificate, you can contact a competent authority in the country in which you now live for further information. If you are not a Swedish citizen, you can also contact a competent authority in the country of which you are a citizen or your closest embassy.

 
Neither of us is registered in or a citizen of Sweden

If neither of you is a Swedish citizen or registered in Sweden, both of you must visit a Tax Agency office when submitting your application for a consideration of impediments to marriage. At the office, both of you must prove your identity with a passport. For citizens of an EEA country or Switzerland, a national ID card can also be used.

In order to get married to each other in Sweden, you must have the right to get married under Swedish law and under the law of the country of which you are citizens or in which you live. In order to demonstrate this, you must have one of the following:

  • A certificate from a competent authority in the country of which you are citizens or the country in which you live showing your names and showing that you have the right to get married to each other, this is known as a marriage licence.
  • A certificate from a competent authority in the country of which you are citizens or the country in which you now live showing which rules apply in order to get married in that country. Each of you must also have a certificate showing your civil status. The certificates may not be older than four months. The certificates can also be from a competent foreign authority in Sweden, for example an embassy.

Please note that the country of which you are citizens or the country in which you live may require that additional certificates are provided in conjunction with the consideration of impediments to marriage. For this reason, make sure to obtain these before the consideration of impediments to marriage in Sweden.


One of us has previously been married or a registered partner

If either of you has previously been married or a registered partner, you must be able to demonstrate the dissolution of the most recent marriage or partnership. If there is no information about this in the civil status certificate or in the population register, you can, for example, present a legally binding decree of divorce or a death certificate for the former spouse or registered partner.

Consideration of impediments to marriage in another Nordic country

If you have had a consideration of impediments to marriage in another Nordic country, this is also valid if you get married in Sweden, but only if you are a man and a woman. This applies regardless of citizenship. You do not need to have any new consideration of impediments to marriage in Sweden and can instead provide the certificate of no impediment from the other Nordic country directly to the officiant.

Notification of surname

In conjunction with the ceremony, Swedish citizens must notify the Tax Agency which surname you will have when married. This applies regardless of whether you live in Sweden or abroad. Danish, Finnish or Norwegian citizens living in Sweden must also register their surname.

If you are a citizen of a country outside the Nordic region but live in Sweden, you may notify the Tax Agency of your surname if you wish.

Notify the Tax Agency using form SKV 7831 no later than at the time of the ceremony, but preferably at the same time as you apply for a consideration of impediments to marriage.

If you have any questions you can call the tax information service on +46 771-567 567.

 

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