Fika du överallt i Skandinavien, eller bara i Sverige?
Is Fika something unique to Sweden, or is it also done in Norway and Denmark?
The term fika is unique to Sweden, I believe, as it's not a word I heard in Denmark and my friend who lived in Norway did not know it either. However the love of coffee and cake exquisites throughout scandinavia :)
After posting here, I went over to Tumblr and talked with a Norwegian friend about it. She actually had to look up fika on Google before she could tell me that no, they don't really have anything like that.
I also blew her mind by writing to her in Norwegian; funny thing is, I just used Google translate, and checked it with the Swedish/Danish I've learned here! :-P
:-P True, though I feel like fika evokes something grander than just a quick cup of coffee with a friend.
If you just drink coffee, you will most of the time just call it kaffe. Any non-alcoholic drink (coffee being the most common) combined with sandwiches, cookies or pastries is a fika.
The term is used also when you take a glas of wine in the afternoon - at tea time (?) - then you 'vinfika'.
I read that "en fika' is specifically a coffee break with friends. :)
Edit: and that its unique to Swedish, but I'm not entirely sure about that part ;)
While coffee is by far the most common drink, it doesn't have to be coffee. Kids often drink saft or milk as an example.
Funny, I just read you comment before I opened Amazon and this (http://www.amazon.com/Fika-Swedish-Coffee-Recipes-Pastries/dp/1607745860/ref=pd_ys_sf_s_283155_a2_1_p?ie=UTF8=1KZXRS4TVHDVBAS0EQKP)is the first book I see on the page :)