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 Local Registry Office 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, have the right to conduct marriages abroad. For further information, visit the website.
You cannot get married at an embassy of Finland.
Notify the marriage to the Local Register Office
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 Local Register Office for registration.
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.
Notification of marriage of a Finnish citizen outside Finland (pdf to be filled in on the screen)
Registration in South Africa
Registering a South African marriage in Finland requires the following:
-A fully completed and signed registration form
-the original and Apostille legalised marriage certificate issued by the local authorities. Registration cannot be made in the Finnish Population Register without a legalization. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) offers legalization services in South Africa, please see their website for more information. If you wish to keep the original ones to yourself, please visit the embassy with the original documents, we'll take copies of them to be send to Finland. You may also send the originals to us and we'll return them to you, courier service needs to be arrange by the customer.
-photocopies of both spouse's/partners’ passports
Please note that when the documents are sent to Finland by the embassy, delivery time is a few weeks. Registration takes also a few weeks.