Fika—a Moment to Connect and Recharge
In Sweden, we don’t take a break to have a Kit-Kat. We take a break to have a fika.
Fika is kind of like a coffee break, though you could be drinking tea, or even cordial, and it implies you’re having something with your drink. Usually a cake or cookie.
Technically, that’s what it is.
In reality, it’s more. So much more.
When you meet someone you haven’t seen in a while, you invite them over to your place for a fika.
When you want to get to know someone, you ask them out to a fika.
If you want to stay in touch with someone, you meet them for fikas regularly.
If your employer wants to keep you happy, they include fika in your contract. As in you’re entitled to it. On a daily basis, for a certain amount of time.
If you go traveling with a group of people, you’ll take fika breaks where everyone comes together to relax, recharge, and connect.