We loved lots of things about our trip to Sweden – lovely people, beautiful interiors, stunning countryside. But one thing that we could not get enough of was fika. Fi-what!? Fika! You fools. The Swedish coffee and cake break.
What does it mean? Swedes prefer not to translate the word fika. They don’t want it to lose significance and become a mere coffee break. It is one of the first words you will learn when visiting Sweden, right after tack (thank you) and hej (hello).
Fika is much more than having a coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. Fika can happen at any time, morning as well as evening. It can be savoured at home, at work or in a café. It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know. It is a tradition observed frequently, preferably several times a day.
We have made fika part of our every day routine and we are much happier.