Fika (pronounced fee-ka) is a Swedish custom, a kind of social coffee break where people gather to have a cup of coffee or tea and a few nibbles. Have you really been to Sweden if you have not had a fika? Maybe not. Because fika plays a big part in Swedish culture. In this guide, you will get familiar with the concept. Why you should fika. Why you should do it in Sweden.
Sweden is the largest country in Scandinavia. With a population of 10 million people. Described as a travelers’ paradise by another travel guide. Famous for its rich nature. Such as lakes and forests. Also for being the worlds capital of pop music. And one of the oldest monarchies in the world.
Here you can do a lot. Like enjoying the green landscapes. Visit national parks and castles. Go to the beaches. Check out Swedish architecture. That is often a mix of new and old styles.
Top tourist attractions in Sweden. The Vasa musem (stockholm), Skansen (animal park in Stockholm), Gamla stan (stockholms old town), Drottningholm palace, the Ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sigtuna (the first town in Sweden). The locals are friendly and helpful. And it’s easy to get around by public transport.
Stockholm. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. Found on Swedens southeast coast. Famous for being one of the most welcoming and inclusive cities in the world. Also called “Venice of the North”.
There are lots of things to do here. Guided tours and shopping. Discover art and museums. Places to see art are: Moderna museet, Artipelag and Fotografiska. Museums to visit are: Tekniska museet, Nordiska museet, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet. But of course, there are more than these selections.
What is a Swedish fika? Fika is having coffee with treats. Tea or lemonade are common choices instead of coffee. A moment to enjoy with friends, family or co-workers. Since fika is a part of the work culture.
The translation of the word is coffee break. But fika is more than that. It’s an attitude and a custom. And therefore, it is a significant part of Swedish culture. Swedes of all ages take part in the tradition. And the social part is as important as the sweets.
Fika can be held anywhere, anytime. But usually in the forenoon or afternoon. Regular places are at home, outside, at work or cafes.