Ever felt a craving for a cup of coffee or tea at around three o’clock in the afternoon?
Well, you might be Swedish without even knowing it!
See, most Swedes cherish their “fika” (coffee break) almost as much as a full three week vacation. That time of relaxing, a small chat and something to nibble on really is worth a lot to many of us.
Usually, it would be a cup of coffee and a sandwich at 10 am, and a cup of coffee and something sweet at 3 pm. But, as most cultures in the world, also Sweden has had some changes over the last… Decades. So it could also be a healthy smoothie or a fruit as the morning fika, and maybe a rye sandwich, a fruit, yoghurt or something totally different in the afternoon.
Oh, “holy” as many people still see the coffee/tea break, there really are no rules around how to do it – it just sort of has to be. Let’s just say that when it’s Friday, lots of work places have an afternoon break with some home made sweets together with a chat over a cup. And if someone quits their job, it’s sort of expected of that person to serve the former colleagues something little extra as a good bye-gesture. What’s your favourite fika? And at what time do you serve it?