Question: What is Swedish Fika?

Fika. The whole thing with coffee, buns or cakes and socialising has a word in Swedish: fika. Fika 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.

How often do Swedes fika?

Nowadays, the Swedes generally take two fika breaks a day: once in the mid-morning, and again around 3 p.m. The word fika actually derives from the 19th-century slang word for coffee, kaffi. Its pretty simple: Invert the word kaffi, and you get fika.

What is fika food?

Fika is a Swedish concept that involves drinking coffee, whilst eating baked goods such as pastries, cookies or pie.

Do Swedes like coffee?

Like all good Scandinavians, Swedes love their coffee; theyre actually among its highest consumers in the world. Swedish coffee is not just a drink, its a way of life. The Swedish custom of fika has been cultivated around the hot drinks, and theres even a special brew made with eggshells (more on that later!).

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