Food Friday: Swedish fika

October 26, 2012

in Eating out in Stockholm,Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Sweden,Swedish traditions

In Sweden, fika is huge. What’s fika, you ask? Pronounced fee-ka, the word is used as both a noun and a verb. At it’s most basic, fika can be translated as a coffee break. But it means so much more than that. You can fika at work, on a date or with friends. Generally, you will drink coffee, have a pastry such as cinnamon rolls and chat. Fika is such a cultural institution in Sweden that even this non coffee drinker has learned not to turn down a fika invitation – it’s an opportunity to interact with friends and co-workers on a social level.

For a little more insight into fika in Stockholm, check out this video that Alexander Farnsworth created.




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1 christian November 3, 2012 at 01:58

I was looking at the schedule for the Swedish church here in Brisbane, and couldn’t help but chuckle as I saw fika tacked on to every event they have planned: kyrkfika, fika i pausen, kvällsvika, julfika…

2 Sandra November 3, 2012 at 11:50

That’s really cool Christian. You just have to love all the fika options!

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