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Marriage ceremony and marriage registration

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

At a Local Register Office (Digital and Population Data Services Agency's service location), the marriage of persons of the same or different sex is performed in accordance with the marriage ceremony script provided for in the Marriage Decree. A marriage ceremony that is performed at a Local Register Office can be officiated by the head of the Local Register Office, a district registrar or a public notary.

Before the marriage, impediments to marriage are examined. The impediment examination certificate must be submitted to the officiator before the marriage ceremony can take place. The engaged parties have to prove their identity to the officiator before the marriage ceremony. At least two witnesses 15 years of age or older must be present at the ceremony.

A marriage concluded in a registered religious community, District Court or Local Register Office is registered in the Population Information System upon notification by the officiator.

Officiating a marriage ceremony at a Local Register Office or in a place registered for marriages during office hours is free of charge.

Do the following

You can make a reservation for a marriage ceremony by phone, email, while visiting, or using the online reservation system (works for some of the Local Register Offices only).

To whom and on what terms

Before the marriage, impediments to marriage must be examined. The impediment examination certificate must be submitted to the officiator before the marriage ceremony can take place. The engaged parties have to prove their identity to the officiator before the marriage ceremony.

The service is free of charge.

Officiating a marriage ceremony at a Local Register Office during office hours is free of charge. A marriage ceremony to be performed outside office hours must be agreed upon separately with the officiator.

A marriage ceremony performed outside the Local Register Office during office hours or outside office hours is subject to a fee. In addition, you will be charged for the officiator’s travel expenses. For more information on fees, see the Local Register Offices’ price list.

Basic information

The service is provided byDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Responsible for the serviceDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Updated: 2/11/2020