Do not miss the Swedish "Fika"

Source: "The Swedish Toolkit"

Fika is more than just a coffee break

For Swedes it represents a lot

It is at the core of the social web at work

It is a frame for socializing

Swedes love to have a frame for socializing

Fika is a set time during work where colleagues meet up to drink coffee twice a day

Eating lovely Swedish cakes,



or sandwiches

Fika is where relaxed interactions happen

Conversations can be about anything

Private life, weather, sports, training, work., etc.

And sometimes fika can become “business fika”

And may last longer

There are set fika times both in the morning and afternoon

Never miss them if you want to be part of the team

You’re expected to participate

And sometimes even to bring some cakes

You prepare them yourself or buy them at the bakery

Planning is essential in Sweden

Some workplaces will have a fika schedule

Where you can see when each employee needs to bring cakes


"The Swedes" and "Working with Swedes" present many of the unknown social rules in Sweden

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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