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Fika, The Swedish Coffee Break

Hej Cookfulians!

Last Autumn I was fortunate enough to study communication for a semester in the beautiful country of Sweden. While living in the small town of Jönköping, I spent many afternoons enjoying what Swedes have turned into a national coffee break phenomenon: Fika.

Fika isn’t only a coffee break though. It’s turned into a lifestyle for the people of Sweden. It’s a tradition set in place for people to socialize and get to know one another.

When I first arrived in Sweden I noticed at once how big the event of Fika actually was. Halfway though my first lecture on journalism my professor (who wore jeans and preferred to be called by his first name), stopped class to look at the clock. He exclaimed that it was “Fika Break” and we had fifteen minutes to grab some coffee (only 5 kronor at the student union!) and a small treat. I was amazed.

I joined in with the other students only to find out that each class I took from that day forward included one or two fika breaks. I was in heaven.

Once I arrived back in the States I knew I wanted to share this amazing food-and-coffee based social gathering with everyone. And sharing it with all of you gets the word out even further.

Over the next week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite treats from my time abroad in Sweden. You’ll learn what you need to prepare a proper fika, some amazing recipes to make at home and you’ll even learn a bit of Svenska.

If you can’t wait and want to know it all right now, you can get our Fika Ebook. It has all the info from the series packaged up in one convenient place for you. To get it, subscribe below and then watch your email inbox for info on how to get the book.

Let’s grab a cup of kaffe and a kanelbulle!

🙂 Lyndsay

Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her international food and travel site, Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen . Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.