[ fee-ka ]


Fika is both a Swedish verb and noun that roughly means, ”to drink coffee” usually accompanied by something sweet. There are deviations from this where a sandwich replaces the sweet nibble, which is NOT OK. Because over promising and under delivering is never a good thing.

Have a break, have a fika.

Use this word in a sentence

Ska vi ta en fika?

Do you want to take fika?

Pronunciation guide

For the weird Swedish letters.


The first of the three Swedish characters. You’ll find the sound just before the L in words that contain AL, like: all, alter and Aldershot. Try saying ALL, but skip out the L’s. It should sound something like a mix of A and O, and it should come from the back of your mouth.


Ä is a rare sound in the British language. But if you try on an American accent and let out a fully fledge ass (or asshole), cut away everything after the A you’ll have the hang of it. It should sound something like a mix of A and E. Just as Å you’ll find the sound near your throat rather than the tip of your tongue.


Ö is the same letter as the Norwegian and Danish Ø. If you, once again, try that American accent you can hear the sound in words like: skirt, flirt, nerd, turd and bird. It’s the sound just between the U/I and the R.