Fika: So Much More than Just Coffee


One of the first Swedish words you'll learn alongside Hej (Hello), Tack (Thank you) and Ushekta (Sorry/Excuse me) is Fika, or "taking a break". Fika provides an ideal setting for all sorts of interactions, from getting to know a new acquaintance to deep, philosophical ponderings with an old friend. During fika, you pair your locally-brewed coffee with delightful snacks and pastries as you separate yourself from the bustle of everyday life. Keep reading to learn more about "fika" and how other aspects of the Swedish culture and values are embedded within this tradition!

What tradition did I learn about?:

Fika, when described loosely, is a more-involved coffee break. While getting coffee is typically an activity we do to gain a quick boost of energy in the morning, fika is a much more sociable affair. One can fika at home, at work, or at school... it's not limited to just hip, cozy cafés (although those are very popular in Stockholm!). Some have referred to fika as a "non-date, date" as it is merely a relaxed gathering of people sharing in beloved beverages. 

What does one do when they fika? Just sit back, relax, and enjoy each other's company, You might be surprised by how much you can learn about another person in 15 minutes.