Civil marriage in Gothenburg

You have two ways of making an appointment for civil marriage. Either you can choose to have a private civil ceremony or you can conduct your ceremony at the city office, Rådhuset, located at Gustaf Adolfs torg 1.

Before the ceremony

In order to get married, you need to apply for two documents called Intyg Hindersprövning (Certificate of no impediment to marriage) and Vigselintyg (Marriage certificate) from Skatteverket. To do this you must fill out the form Hindersprövning – Ansökan och försäkran, which can be found on their website skatteverket.se.

Before the ceremony-Consideration of impediments to marriage- on Skatteverket.se

If impediments to the marriage cannot be found, the certificates will be sent to your home address. To receive a confirmation of your appointment, you must send both of these documents to City Hall/Stadsledningskontoret at least two weeks before the booked date of marriage. If we do not receive the documents within the stated time, your date will be canceled. Send the certificates to the following address:

Göteborgs Stadsledningskontor
Vigsel
404 82 Göteborg

Adminstrative fee

All ceremonies that are performed using Gothenburg City marriage services are invoiced an administrative fee of 500 kr. The fee must not be paid before the ceremony. The invoice will be sent to your home address.

Civil Ceremony in Rådhuset

  • The ceremonies are, with some exceptions, performed on Saturdays between 14.0016.30.
  • The ceremony takes about 5 minutes. Please make sure to be there at least 15 minutes before your appointment and to bring valid identification.
  • If you chose to get married in Rådhuset, we can provide two witnesses from our personnel.
  • The ceremonial text can be read in both Swedish and English.
  • If one of you does not understand Swedish or English, you must bring someone who can translate. This person can also act as a witness.
  • After the ceremony has been conducted you will receive your certificate of marriage.

Register here to make an appointment for civil marriage (in Swedish)

Or, You can call Kontaktcenter at 031-365 00 00 and they will assist you.

Private Civil Ceremony

If you wish to book a private ceremony on another date or in a different location, you can contact one of the the registrars (information in Swedish with contact information to the registars)
Once you agree on an appointment with the registrars you can send the documents to us. Before you send us your documents regarding a private ceremony, please fill out our e-services for the private ceremony-(in Swedish). Please note that the documents must be sent to us at least two weeks before your ceremony date.

Ceremony text

Ceremony text in English-Long version

You have expressed a will to enter into marriage with each other. The foundation of marriage is built on love and trust. By entering into marriage you promise to respect and support each other.

As husband and wife/husbands/wives you are still two independent individuals who gain strength from each other in your relationship.

Since you have declared a will to enter into marriage I now ask:

Will you N.N. take N.N. to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband and to love her/him in sickness and in health?

(Response: I do)

Will you N.N. take N.N. to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband and to love her/him in sickness and in health?

(Response: I do)

(The couple exchange rings.)

I now pronounce you husband and wife/to be husbands/to be wives.

When you now move on in life and back to the struggles of every day life, remember the will to live together, the love and respect you have felt for each other in this moment and which led you to this day.

I would like to wish you joy and wellness in your marriage.

Ceremony text in English-Short version

You have expressed a will to enter into marriage with each other.

Will you N.N. take N.N. to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband.

(Response: I do)

Will you N.N. take N.N. to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband.

(Response: I do)

I now pronounce you husband and wife/to be husbands/to be wives.