Do you know what fika is? It’s the Swedish word for coffee-break, but it’s more of a concept than just a word.
Fika (pronounced fee-kah) is both a noun and a verb: “taking a fika” is the same as “to fika“. It basically means to take a break and have coffee, usually with something sweet. You can also have other beverages, including tea and lemonade, but nothing with alcohol.
Swedes have fika almost everyday, and often several times a day. We enjoy it at home, outdoors, in cafés and at work (most work places actually have fika on the schedule, including in the government).
Traditionally you were supposed to serve at least seven freshly baked pastries when having guests over for a fika, but today people are more relaxed about it. It isn’t mandatory to offer anything besides coffee for it to constitute a real fika.
PS. I saw this picture on Facebook yesterday – priceless!