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Marriage in Denmark for foreign couples recognized in Germany

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Marriage in Denmark

Anja and Ryan from Germany chosen marriage in Denmark

Anja & Ryan from Germany got married in Denmark

Germany has many international companies that attract talented employees from all over the world.  Inevitably, this is where many of those employees meet their partners, fall in love and wish to be married.

At this exciting time for the newly engaged couples, German bureaucracy tends to grind everything to a halt with many couples waiting over 8 months just to get approval to get married

That is why so many foreign couples from Germany choose to get married in Denmark for many reasons.

Denmark is one of the easiest countries in the world to get married in.  Here at Nordic Adventure Weddings, we can plan your wedding with just two weeks’ notice and get you approved to be married in Denmark in just five working days.

If you’re a foreign couple in Germany considering getting married in Denmark - below are some frequently asked questions

What are requirements to get married in Denmark?

A couple holding their wedding paperwork after their wedding ceremony in Denmark.

Of course, there are the standard restrictions you would expect.  They are:

  • Both parties must be at least 18 years old and unmarried.

  • Any previous marriages must be dissolved

  • Close relatives are not permitted to marry

  • Individuals under guardianship must have permission from the guardian

  • Documentation for legal entry into Denmark

What documents are required for foreign couples from Germany to get married in Denmark?

For legal marriage in Denmark the following documents are required by the Danish Authorities:


o   Passport or EU/EEA ID card

o   Certificate of Residence if you share an address.

o   Schengen visa or German Residence Permit

o   Proof of Relationship

o   Divorce decree absolute, if divorced (ask us if legalization needed)

Add straight forward forms that we send you in advance to complete and then we submit them for you.  In some special cases, additional documentation may be asked for, but we will contact you and let you know about that well in advance. Get today your list of the documents you will need for your marriage in Denmark: Free Documents List.

Can I get married in Denmark on a tourist Visa?

Yes, you can get married in Denmark on a visitor visa or student visa. The visa must be valid while you are staying in Denmark.  If you’re not sure about what type of Visa you have, or need to have, follow this link for help

You don't need to be a citizen or a resident of Denmark to get married here.

Is marriage certificate from Denmark Recognised in Germany?

Marriage conducted in Denmark is recognized worldwide, and immediately recognized in Germany.

According to the bilateral agreement made between Denmark and Germany in 1936, Danish marriage certificate do not need additional legalization. Only in case if one of partners need to come back to the non-EU home country and prepare the documents for the family reunion, legalization through the Apostil might be needed.

You can have up to 2 marriage certificates for no extra cost and they are written in 5 different languages including German so there’s no need for translation.

For any further advice on the legalization, feel free to get in touch with us.

How do I register a marriage in Denmark in Germany?

You are back home and the Danish marriage needs to be registered in Germany – what is the next step?

Simply request for German marriage certificate in your local Rathaus (civil registry office), showing your Danish marriage registration document.

If one of you are not resident in Germany, or any other EU country, you must to come back to your home country and

at the German embassy request for "Ehegattennachzug” – a special permission for spouses’ reunification.
General requirements to receive it: applicants basis knowledge of German language, sufficient earnings and adequate habitation for German-based partner.

With "Ehegattennachzug" you come up to Germany and immediately apply for a German residence permit at the local immigration office "Ausländerbehörde”.

Happy foreign Couple getting married in Denmark

We hope this has been helpful for any foreign couples in Germany who are looking to get married in Denmark.  If you do choose to book your wedding in Denmark through us, you will have the peace of mind of know that we’re taking care of the paperwork, allowing you to focus fully on enjoying your wedding adventure in Denmark. 

We’re only too happy to help.

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