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While many people might find the focus on equality refreshing, Lax says she has worked with some women who are shy or from more traditional or macho cultures who feel uncomfortable approaching men or admitting a preference for traditional gender roles in their relationships.
Of course, it's not only in cross-cultural marriages that communication is key.
For example, it can be hard to understand how the other person is feeling if they're reluctant to talk about emotions, particularly with an added culture and language barrier, and technology removes the possibility of interpreting their body language, which Tollgerdt-Andersson says accounts for up to 70 percent of communication.
Kathy, who asked not to share her surname, moved to Stockholm in 2015 and says that Tinder was responsible for around 95 percent of the dates she went on.
"No research has completely explained why people fall in love, or why some couples last and others don't," says psychologist Tollgerdt-Andersson.
"There's chemistry and hormones, but it's also a choice.
READ ALSO: What they don't tell you about moving to Sweden for love The flipside to the reliance on technology is the many online options for dating which have sprung up over the last few decades, allowing people to meet without this kind of face-to-face interaction.
After meeting, it actually evolved quite fast into a relationship; we didn't really have a casual phase." READ ALSO: What happens when you move across the world for love, then break up?
Kathy's tips are backed up by counsellor Veronica Lax, who works at Turning Point in Stockholm, where she offers couples therapy as well as ' Love and Confusion' workshops primarily aimed at the international community, while a colleague runs a year-long group aimed at international men.
But in Sweden, several times we'd go on long dates, with no indication that it wasn't going well – more than just a couple of hours at a bar, but an entire afternoon or day – and then they would just stop replying.
My assumption is that it's a way of not hurting you and avoiding confrontation, but it actually has the opposite effect," she explains.
If the expat partner isn’t happy living here then the Swedish partner may feel responsible." Lax adds that people from certain cultures and personality types are more likely to clash with a typical Swede, noting that in the US and the Netherlands for example, the value placed on assertiveness might not mesh well with the Swedish philosophy of 'lagom'.