As well as a growing number of Thai workers travelling to Sweden as seasonal workers, the number of Thai women arriving in Sweden has increased three fold over the last 10 years.
Over 80% of Thai immigrants to Sweden are relationship partners or Thai wives of Swedish men and Sweden, like Germany has a long tradition of men seeking Thai women as life partners.
This is similar to studies carried out in diverse countries such as Finland, Germany and Australia where government agencies have accepted that most relationships between Thai women and foreign men are, in fact, bone fide.
Says Jim: 'Sweden is a great country but it's the same as all wealthy countries, there has been such a change in the dating culture and family life.
In spite of it representing its country as liberal and progressive, Swedes has been putting their government under pressure to investigate such issues as gay and lesbian marriages, the ordination of lesbian bishops and the growth of the sex industry in Sweden, including the large numbers of Thai massage parlours in Stockholm.
Those lobbying the Swedish government highlight the number of Thai women who appear to be discarded by their male Swedish partners or seek help from Sweden's welfare agencies.
But as a German who was schooled in the UK and married a Swede, his family have led an international lifestyle that hasn't always been animal-friendly – and now he's hoping to help others facing the same dilemma.
I think the authorities are right to be so protective here but I am concerned that some people have an agenda.I'm a professional, I've had wonderful dating experiences with Swedish women but I never married until I met my wife in Thailand.It never occurred to me that there could be something wrong with what I was doing until I had some comments from friends and started reading stuff on the net.Thais can make enough money picking berries in a season to buy a house back in Thailand.Their monthly income is more than that of a doctor in Thailand, and Swedes should not judge income by their own standards.