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Try taking a "Fika" with friends to chat about culture and current world events.

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"Fika" is a Swedish term for "coffee break," but culturally it's so much more! The Fika Cafe says it's "a Swedish social institution, where friends gather to chat about life and current events." Fika can happen at a coffee shop, at home, or in a workplace, but the important thing is that it's a formal tradition (in workplaces, fika is often taken at ten and three) and involves thoughtful, productive conversation and socialization with friends.

A comment from a Swede on TheKitchn sums it up: "I think the key difference between fika and our idea of a coffee break is how seriously it's taken. Fika is a scheduled part of many work and school days and seems to be recognized by most employers as an important, productive part of the day -- not just an acceptable period of 'slacking.'" (

Try fika: Take conscious, scheduled time to talk with friends over coffee and snacks about what's going on in the world. You'll feel renewed and productive.



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