Registration of Marriage in the Population Information System
If you are a Finnish citizen and you get married abroad, you must notify the marriage to the Finnish Population System.
Ask the person conducting the marriage, what documents are needed when the ceremony is performed before a foreign public authority. A Finnish certificate of no impediment can be ordered in multiple languages from the Digital and Population Data Agency in your municipality of residence. Documents that are used abroad, must be legalised.
Some priests working among expatriate Finns, who are employed by Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (list in Finnish), have the right to conduct marriages abroad.
You cannot get married at an embassy of Finland.
Notify the marriage to the Digital and Population Data Agency
When a Finnish citizen gets married outside Finland it must be notified to the Local Register Office. You can also leave the notification at a Finnish embassy or send it there to be posted to the Digital and Population Data Agency.
The original marriage certificate or a copy of it, authenticated at the mission of Finland, must be appended to the notification. The document must be legalised and if it has been issued in some other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, an authorised translation in one of these languages must be provided. Translations made abroad must be legalised. Translations made by an authorised translator in Finland are valid as such.
An Apostille stamp is not required for a marriage certificate, which is issued by an EU country authority and a translation of the certificate is not needed if a multilingual standard form is appended to the document.
Registration of marriage in the UK
A Finnish citizen married in the United Kingdom must register the marriage to the Finnish population register by submitting the following documents:
- Signed and fully completed notification form. You can find the notification form on the Finnish Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s website: Notification of a marriage concluded abroad.
- The original marriage certificate issued by the British authorities.
Note! From 16 February 2019, based on new EU Regulation, certain public documents issued by the authorities of EU countries must be accepted in other EU countries without requiring a so-called apostille to be attached to the document. Read more: Acceptance procedure for public documents is simplified in EU countries.
- Photocopies of the spouses’ passports.
The registration form and all the appendices should be posted to the Jakobstad Unit of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (address: Digital and Population Data Services Agency, Jakobstad Unit, PO Box 26, FI-68601 Jakobstad, Finland). Alternatively, the documents can also be posted to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of the municipality where the person most recently resided in Finland. If the registration documents are submitted via the Consular Section of the Finnish Embassy in London, there will be a fee of 30 euros according to the Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service.
The registration is processed at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in Finland. All the related enquiries should be sent directly to them. In most cases, sending documents directly to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency will make the processing time faster. Digital and Population Data Services Agency will not normally return original certificates. Contact details to the agency offices in Finland: Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
Each part of the form should be filled in carefully and signed by both spouses. If the spouse’s last name is changed due to the marriage, the name change must also be filled into the previously mentioned notification form. Additional information can be found here: Name change due to marriage.