How Can Such Groups or Organizations Help?

Exposure to and dealing with a culture that is very different from yours can be an overwhelming experience. Even the most resilient of people might end up having a hard time, especially if the length of stay is a long time. With that said, here are some of the benefits of social support groups for expatriates like your spouse:

 Experience the ‘Sense of Belonging’

Most immigrants who move to other countries often desire one thing – the feeling that they belong. Leaving behind her family, friends, and home, your wife would eventually feel very lonely. There’s no doubt that you will be there for her and she for you, but she may need to talk to or see friendly faces every once in a while. Now if she joins an expatriate group or community, she can enjoy the support and companionship of new acquaintances and friends (whether Thais or nationalities) who can empathize with what she’s going through.

 Be Able to Use Her Native Language

One of the hardest challenges that expatriates experience in a foreign land is the language barrier. Indeed, it can be something that’s very difficult to overcome without help, especially for an adult immigrant as with the case of your spouse. With a bit of time and effort, she will eventually learn and grow accustomed to the Swedish language, but having others to talk to who share her language can prove to be a real comfort for her.

Although most expat groups aren’t necessarily exclusive in terms of nationality, joining one will at least give her the chance to meet other Thais while interacting with other foreign nationals who are in situations similar to hers.

How/where can you find such groups?

Here’s a list of some of the organizations that your Thai wife can join in:

Thai Culture Association – Salathai ( Thailändska Kulurföreningen Salathai)

Box 26259, 10041 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0) 70 714 7733, +46 (0) 8 605 3933

Email: info@thaiculture.se

Website: www.thaiculture.se

 

Swedish – Thai Study Association (Svensk – Thailändska Studie Förreningen  Thai – Svenska )

Box 3004, 195 03 Märsta

Phone: +46 (0) 70 450 6802

 

Kila – Thai Association (Kila – Thai Förening)

Celsingsvägen 9, 1tr, 192 79 Sollentuna

Phone: +46 (0) 8 754 2538, +46 (0)76 817 6791

 

Swedish – Thai Association (Swedish – Thai Förening)

Wiboms Väg 21, 171 60 Solna

Phone: +46 (0) 73 917 1985

 

Wat Santinivas Förening

Almvägen 11, 136 71 Haninge

Phone: +46 (0) 8 776 3309, +46 (0) 8 776 3359

 

Thai Learning Center Association, Stockholm

Kämpevägen 34, 175 68 Järfälla

Phone: +46 (0) 73 534 1773

Email: b1ramscan@yahoo.com

 

Wat Buddharama Förening

Torsbyvägen 42, 139 51 Värmdö

Phone: +46 (0) 8 570 24916, +46 (0) 70 607 5113

 

Thai Association in Uppsala (Thailändska Föreningen i Uppsala)

Timmermansgatan 12B, 753 33 Uppsala

Phone: +46 (0) 18 241 403, +46 (0) 73 077 8108

Website: www.tfu-uppsala.se

 

Thailändska Föreningen i Nyköping & Oxelersund

Mosstorpsvägen 6, 611 92 Nyköping

Phone: +46 (0) 155 224214, +46 (0) 73 575 9182

 

Thai Association in Värmland (Thailändska Föreningen i Värmland)

Hantverkaregatan 4 66440 SLOTTSBRON

Phone: +46 (0) 533 12400

Email: thailandskavanforeningen@bredband.net

Website: hem.bredband.net/thailandskavanforeningen

 

Buddra Saddha Dhamma Society

Fabriksgatan 38, 3 Vån, 412 51 Göteborg

Phone: +46 (0) 70 661 5586, +46 (0) 30 392599

Website: www.buddhasd.se

 

Thai Association in Borlänge (Thailändska Föreningen i Borlänge)

Pilotvägen 4, 784 63 Borlänge

Phone: +46 (0) 70 253 2194, +46 (0) 243-233819

 

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Association in Sweden (Chulalongkorns Minne i Sverige)

Stagneliusgatan 7, 754 27 Uppsala

Phone: +46 (0) 18 235446

 

Tantars Culture Association (Tantars Kulturföreningen)

Hule 174, 857 51 Sundsvall

 

Buddhist Förening i Malmö

Emeralsgatan 51, 214 37 Malmö

 

Buddhist Förening i Dalarna

C/O Kontorskatellet. Box 875, 781 71 Borlänge

 

Thai Association in Sormland (Thailändska Föreningen i Sormland)

Herresta Säteri,64791 MARIEFRED

Phone: +46 (0) 73 688 8864

Email: matlagningskurs@chanhom.se

Website: www.thaisormland.se

 

Thai – Asian Association (Thai – Asian Föreningen)

Snixåsvägen 11, 460 64 Frändefors

Phone: +46 (0) 70 891 0172, +46 (0) 521 40180

Website: www.thai-asian.info.se

 

Thai Thaiförening i Köping

Scheelegatan 44, 731 33 köping

Phone: +46 (0) 70 368 0429

Email: matlagningskurs@chanhom.se

Website: www.thaiforeningen.se

 

Thailändska föreningen i Malmö

Östra stallmöstaregatan 8a, 21749 Malmö

Phone: 0765 84 87 40

Email: info@thaiassociation.se

Website: www.thailandskaforeningen.com

 

Thaiförening i Linköping

c/o Kanya Mcleod Stromvägen 50, 582 74 Linköping

Phone: +46 (0) 76 219 5918

Email: kanya.mcleod@tflkpg.com

Website: www.tflkpg.com

 

Thai Thaiförening i Eskilstuna

Södra Stationsvägen 15, 63519 Hällberga Eskilstuna

Phone: +46 (0) 73 075 4373 Email : bra_liv@live.se

Website: ww.thaiforeningeskilstuna.com

 

How/where can you find Buddhist temples / places of worship for her?

Here is a list of some of the notable Buddhist temples in Sweden:

 

Wat Pha Gothenburg

Fabriksgatan 38, 3 Van, 412 51 Goteborg, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0) 31 409599, 076-2416251

Email: vimalo2000@hotmail.com, vimalo_1@hotmail.com, watphagothenburg@hotmail.com

 

Wat Sanghabaramee

Trollenäs 107, 241 92 Eslöv, Sweden.

Phone: +46(0) 413 545292

Email: yui_inlund@yahoo.se

Website: www.watsanghabaramee.se

 

Buddharam Temple

Holmselevägen 68, 910 50 Fredrika, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0) 8 570 24 916; Fax: +46 (0)8 570 24 213

Email: watsweden@hotmail.com

Website: www.watlappland.com

 

Wat Siammin Mangkalaram

Rydsvägen 50B, 584 31 Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden

Phone: +46(0) 73 255 3533

Email: watsiammin@gmail.com

Website: www.watsiammin.com

 

Buddharama Temple

Torsbyvägen 42, 139 51 Värmdö

Phone: +46(0) 8 570 24 916, 570 24 213

Email: swedentemple@hotmail.com, watsweden@hotmail.com

Website: www.buddharam.se

 

Wat Buddha Gothenburg

Östra Arödsgatan 17B, 422 43 Hisings Backa, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0) 31585799

Email: watbuddhagothenburg@hotmail.com

Website: www.dhammakaya.or.th

 

Wat Santinivas

Almvägen 11, 136 71 Haninge, Sweden

Phone: +46(0) 8 776 3309

Email: watsanto@hotmail.com

Website: www.watsantinivas.org

 

Wat Buddha Udayana

Industrivägen 8, 438 92 Härryda, Sweden

Phone: +46(0) 301 302 04, 076-235 6634, 070-440 4952

Email: kusalo99@yahoo.com, watbuddhaudayana@yahoo.com

Website: www.watbuddha.dinstudio.se

 

Wat Dalarnavanaram

Ulvshyttan 63, 781 96 Borlänge, Sweden

Phone: +46(0) 243 195 80

Email: watthaidalarna@hotmail.com

Website: www.watdalarna.com

 

After what must have been a long wait, you and your Thai partner are finally betrothed. And since everything concerning the legalities of your marriage has been properly accomplished, you’re now itching to go home to Sweden with your lovely wife. And yet, the getting married part is not the end-all and be-all of your relationship, especially when you and your Thai spouse set foot on your home country.

In fact, another challenge awaits you when you take her home, and that is helping her adjust to living a life with you in Sweden. Mind you, it’s not going to be easy. After all, she may have to deal with language barriers, cultural and religious differences, and maybe even the occasional discrimination.

However, there’s a way to make the transition easier. Aside from the support you are already giving her as a partner, you can let your Thai wife join in social communities and worship her own religion to help her deal with the change.

Now we Thais are the type of people who are ready to face any challenge, and there’s no doubt that your partner would be the same. However, even if she is a strong woman, she will need the company of friendly faces or fellow Thais and Buddhists (assuming she is one) to help her adjust and adapt. It is thus fortunate that in Sweden, there are social communities that your wife can join as well as temples she can worship in.

 

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