"One thing that really surprised me and had never happened before [in other countries] was 'ghosting'," she says, using a term referring to people who cut off all contact with a partner with no explanation.

The word officially entered the Swedish language at the end of 2016.

There, and in Amsterdam and Glasgow, it's easy to meet people on the street and the conversation just flows, but in Sweden it's the opposite so 'traditional' dating seems more weird." Though she found it easy to make connections through Tinder, she had the impression that many men didn't take this seriously.

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I was planning to stay [in Sweden] long-term so I made sure to let him know; Swedes might feel too awkward to ask those hard questions.

"It's the same when it comes to having 'the talk' to define your relationship.

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.

This was one of several differences in the dating culture she noticed compared both with her home country of Greece and with Scotland and the Netherlands, having spent six months working in each.

"I didn't have any expectations [of Swedish dating culture] to begin with; I didn't know much about the stereotypes, but from discussions with girlfriends who are single, I think I had a very stereotypical experience! "In Greece, it's still a big taboo and is seen as a bit desperate to be on a dating site.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.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.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.