The Act on Polygamy and Marriage between Related Persons to be tightened

26 May 2021 klockan 17.03

Polygamous marriages and marriages between related persons legal in other countries are no longer to be recognised in Sweden, even in cases where the people in question did not have a connection to Sweden when they got married. The ban will also apply retroactively for older marriages, as long as they have not been registered in the population data base. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

To ensure that the new rules will take into account vulnerable women, it will be possible to make exceptions if there are exceptional grounds. The exceptions would apply to individual cases in which a woman may risk being affected unreasonably severely if she were to forego her entitlement to such things as division of property, maintenance or inheritance. In these cases, the woman's status as married would be recognised.

The amendments will come into force on 1 July 2021. Marriage that has already been registered by the Swedish Tax Agency is not covered by the new rules.

The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to come back to the Riksdag with a legislative proposal in which the implications of the exemptions are changed. In the opinion of the Riksdag, it should be possible to give a vulnerable person legal protection without recognising his or her marriage.