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So, first things first what is a Swedish fika [fee-ka] and why is it so important to our Scandinavian neighbours to the north? In basic terms fika is a coffee break but culturally it is so much more than that. To enjoy a fika means to slow down for a moment and appreciate the good things in life.
Fika is a social affair, enjoyed with friends, strong coffee and a sweet treat and it can come in many forms. Much like a regular coffee break fika is the perfect excuse to pause a long or difficult task. It can be taken mid-morning, mid-afternoon and all the hours in between. It can last for 10 minutes or continue for hours. It can be spontaneous afternoon date with friends or a meeting between business partners. However you plan to fika you get the picture – fika can be anything you want it to be.
Swedish Grace - Midnight blue
When the sun arrives you’ll find Swedes enjoying the rays with their fika outside.
Traditionally the Swedish fika is all about a steaming hot cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun but of course the coffee can be swapped for tea or even lemonade and the cinnamon bun for any other sweet or even savoury snack.
The focus of the fika is about taking a break, getting to know a new colleague, or exchanging ideas so make of it what you like.
As we mentioned before Swedish fika can be enjoyed anywhere any time but Swede’s love to enjoy the great outdoors and fika outside is a well loved pastime.
After a long cold winter at the first sign of spring you will find Swede’s wrapped in blankets enjoying fika on their balcony, in the forest, on the beach, always with their face turned to the sun soaking up some vitamin d!
Whenever the weather allows take your fika outside and surround yourself with nature.
Photography: @emelia.sundberg, @kohlundkimchi, Angeliqa Daldorph