So this is our first Friday as an official website/blog! We’ve had some great response already and we appreciate everyone checking out the site! What better way to celebrate a fabulous first week than to start a Friday tradition! I think we’ll call it Fika Friday!
Our favorite Swedish word so far is fika (fee-ka)! Not just because it’s a fun little word to say, but because of it’s meaning. I like how FIKANYC explains it.
FIKA is a Swedish word that roughly translates into taking a coffee break, usually accompanied by something sweet and delicious. While most Americans take their coffee to go, having a fika is an extremely important daily ritual for Swedes who enjoy taking a longer moment to indulge in conversations with friends and colleagues. If you’re in Sweden, you should be prepared to fika every day, at least 3 times per day. Keeping this in mind, it should not come as a huge surprise that Swedes happen to be among the top consumers of coffee in the world!
We first heard about fika when the team from New Life Church Stockholm visited our church in 2011. We loved that fika isn’t just about hastily consuming your midday pick-me-up. It’s more about slowing down, being with people, and having good conversation together. This Swedish custom sums up a lot of what we saw in Stockholm when we visited last year. Everyone we met was welcoming and very interested in getting to know us. We had fika many times a day. Sometimes at cafes, but also in people’s homes and at New Life Church. Over a strong cup of coffee and a sweet treat or two, we bonded with our new friends.
As I sit here alone and drink my Starbucks Americano, I’m reminded of the importance of community and of different cultures. We can learn a lot from each other. Maybe we just need to slow down, have a cup of coffee and talk more. Thinking of our friends in Stockhom makes me even more excited to know that we will be back there soon. Thank you Sweden for a beautiful custom.