Getting married in Sweden

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A marriage ceremony in Sweden can take place either in a church or before a civil authority.

As of 1 May 2009 The Marriage Code and other statutes involving spouses have been made gender-neutral.
Swedish Government

Before the ceremony you need to get a marriage license from the local Swedish Tax Office (Skatteverket) in the area where the wedding is taking place. It is essential to contact the tax office well in advance since you must visit in person. The procedure can take some time and you need to make sure that you have the correct documents. Your marriage licence is valid for four months from the date of issue.

In order to apply for a marriage license British citizens living in the UK need to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment from their local Registry Office. Citizens from other countries need to provide documentation that they are free to marry according to the laws of their home country.

Swedish citizens registered as living abroad and getting married in Sweden must apply for their marriage license in Sweden. A Swedish citizen who has lived in the UK for a longer period of time might be asked by the Tax Office to produce an additional certificate of civil status. Such a certificate is called No trace of Marriage and is issued by the General Register Office. Telephone: 0151-471 4637 or call centre  0300 123 1837.
E mail: certificate.services@ips.gsi.gov.uk

Marriage in a church

If the parties wish to get married in a church before a vicar, they should contact the vicar well in advance for information on what is required and to make the necessary arrangements. A marriage in a church belonging to the Church of Sweden is also a legally valid ceremony.
Church of Sweden

Marriage before a civil authority in Stockholm

In Stockholm, a marriage can take place at the Stockholm City Hall. See website for further information
City Hall

Marriage before a civil authority in other districts than Stockholm

The Local County Administrative Boards appoint the civil marriage officiants. Swedish civil marriage officiants are appointed by the local County Administrative Boards. For a list of County Administrative Boards in Sweden please see:
List of County Administrative Boards