Fika | A Swedish Cup Of Coffee

Fika | swedish coffee -- Up Knorth, photo by Hannah Lemholt

Fika | swedish coffee -- Up Knorth, photo by Hannah Lemholt

Fika is Swedish for a coffee break that’s more about socializing than drinking coffee. And something sweet is also (always) welcome.

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Coffee isn't just coffee in Sweden. It's a lifestyle. 

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).

Sweden is in the top three of the world's biggest coffee consumers (surpassed only by Finland and the Netherlands).

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And Fika is much more than having a coffee. It is an important 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.

Fika Break - by Skona Hem

Fika Break - by Skona Hem

Accompanying sweets are crucial. Cinnamon buns, cakes, cookies, even open-faced sandwiches pass as acceptable fika fare. It comes as no surprise that Swedes are among the top consumers of coffee and sweets in the world – or that Swedes appreciate the good things in life.