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Fika

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Is Fika something unique to Sweden, or is it also done in Norway and Denmark?

April 7, 2015

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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 :)

April 8, 2015

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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

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

People all over the world drink a cup of coffee or tea, that's fika:)

April 8, 2015

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:-P True, though I feel like fika evokes something grander than just a quick cup of coffee with a friend.

April 8, 2015

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throw in a biscuit and it's complete:)

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Anders91

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.

May 5, 2015

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The term is used also when you take a glas of wine in the afternoon - at tea time (?) - then you 'vinfika'.

April 8, 2015

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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 ;)

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Anders91

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.

May 5, 2015

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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 :)

May 6, 2015

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Haha wow. I have to admit that actually looks very authentic.

May 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/paradis_eva

i'm danish and i have never heard of "fika" :)

April 8, 2015
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