Your Fika moment

Updated: Jan 8

I want to introduce you to yet another Scandinavian concept: FIKA. This is a good one to know, so please read along to understand the meaning of fika.

Fika is Swedish and is pronounced "Fee-kah". A Fika is "a coffee and cake break" and much more than that. Like "Hygge," "Fika" represents an idea, a state of mind. When you Fika, you make time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea ) and a little something to eat. It is a way of being social with another person or a group of people. So Fika is a social act, it is not drinking coffee at your work desk by yourself. It is an essential part of Swedish culture, and Swedes consider it vital to make time for a Fika every day.

The word Fika originates from a 19th-century slang word for coffee, "kaffi." Invert the word kaffi, and you get fika. Fika operates as both a noun and a verb, like in 'Let's Fika'! or "Fika, Fika"

Coffee is key. Scandinavians, and in particular Swedes, are among the top consumers of coffee in the world.

Fika can happen at any time of day, morning as well as evening. You can enjoy it at home, at work or in a café. Together with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know - even a date.

The social aspect of Fika is treasured and is a shortcut to creating a comfortable atmosphere. You will find that many Swedish companies, for example, request employees take two Fika breaks a day! Many leaders in Sweden will even bring homebaked goodies to work for a Fika with co-workers. Accompanying sweets to the Fika is crucial. Cinnamon buns, "Kanel Bullar" are a favorite (You will find Pearl Sugar and beautiful recipe print included in the April 2021 Norlii box). But you can enjoy other cakes, cookies, as well.

Give Fika a try in your daily schedule. And soon you will realize that you are never too busy for Fika!

See our blog about the April 2021 Norlii box, themed Fika

Read about more unique Scandinavian words here - Hygge, Lagom, and lykke explained 😀

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