Talk:Fika (coffee break)

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In the previous vesion of the article, there was a claim that Swedes were second in per capita consumption of coffee to the Finns. I did a quick web search and found that the World Resources Institute ranked them 6th in 2003, which is the last year with complete data. The last time that Swedes were second was in 1994. (One must take the WRI data with a grain of salt because Aruba has wildly fluctuating consumption, according to them. For example in 1974, the WRI counts Aruba as consuming 121.4 kg/person, which is over 300 g/day -- an impossible quantity.) I changed the page to reflect this and added the references. 217.162.119.17 22:46, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

I notice this is an old comment to which I am replying, but Aruba coffee consumption would heavily include that consumed by tourists and overorders/wasteage by tourism-related industries. Its proximity to the coffee producers Columbia and Venezuela might also make it a major coffee outlet: and if most of that leaves underground or otherwise goes to end consumers such as cruise ships, it might be counted into domestic consumption. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 216.254.157.138 (talk) 14:59, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Noun usage[edit]

The noun usage paragraph was wrong. Fikabröd is actually a compound word (not "combined noun") consisting of a verb and a noun, so I edited that out. Fika can be used as a noun, but that refers to the noun, as I wrote. --83.255.57.191 20:19, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

Fika and Coffee[edit]

Actually you don´t have to consume any coffee to have a fika. I actually would translate fika to: "Anytime and place non-alcoholic bewerage break/party". This is the most correct translation of the word that I have seen in English so far. I never translate the word in to English, I just use fika when I want to talk about fika in english. It´s like the Swedish words lagom, smorgasbord and ombudsman.

http://arneke.net/?Fika

Peter a Swede from Växjö. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 195.84.40.8 (talk) 08:14, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Did you know what "fika" means in Hungarian? :)[edit]

Amusing fact: "fika" is also a Hungarian slang term for "snot". It can also be verbed (as in "fikázni"), and the resulting verb means "to criticize [sg or sy] heavily, possibly disproportionately or without real reason" (probably the intent is to evoke the image of smearing something with snot). Maybe the English slang verb "to knock" means something similar, I'm not entirely certain.

This is just so you Swedes know why you get smirks from your Hungarian immigrants when you talk about a "lovely fika". :)

--195.56.53.118 (talk) 14:37, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

FYI, the "i" of Sw. fika is long. 85.8.12.78 (talk) 19:31, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Oh. That seems to have been completely lost on my countrymen who heard the word spoken. The joke, such as it is, only works in writing then (not a great loss, all things considered). --195.56.53.118 (talk) 23:04, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Fika and indian languages[edit]

The old people in my family use the word fika strictly as a noun meaning coffe. That is in the western part of sweden. I've allways heard that the word as such comes from romani and that it was brought to Europe from India by the Romanies. But I don't know how to spell it in hindi. Nevertheless I spoke with some indian collegues and they say that fika in hindi means tea without milk or sugar and the connection looks clear to me.

Anders from Sweden —Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.71.68.101 (talk) 10:40, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Wiktionary[edit]

Seems to me that this article belongs in the Wiktionary. What do others think? Spidern 13:16, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

I agree, there is no need for an article that describles nothing more than a having a snack with company, because that's essentially what it is. This article does nothing but make the subject seem more than what it really is: a social gathering coupled with a snack. It's the same thing as a bunch of Italians or French or Arabs or whatever going to a café. Also, as a previous user pointed out, fika doesn't neccessarily have to involve coffee. While it usually does in adult circles, especially in workplaces, anything that involes pastry with something to drink can also be classed as a fika. Nederbörd (talk) 22:19, 21 April 2009 (UTC)

Fika in the workplace[edit]

It is common practice to have a fikapaus (i.e. coffee break) at a fixed time in the morning and again in the evening in the workplace. (Ex. 9 AM and 3 PM) There is usually also a fikarum (fika room) for this in most workplaces that often, but not always, doubles as a lunchroom.

Unsourced recommendations[edit]

In this article there was claims that you'd "best stay away from sweet things altogether" when making fika. Not only was this claim unsourced, I'm also skeptical to having that kind of recommendations at all, it's not particularly encyclopedic. --OpenFuture (talk) 20:24, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

Company called FIKA espresso bar[edit]

Its pretty good coffee, a bit above average NYC price, as well as coffee bags, accessories, etc.

http://fikanyc.com

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=fika&aq=&sll=40.740462,-73.984315&sspn=0.008227,0.016522&vpsrc=6&ie=UTF8&hq=fika&hnear=&ll=40.743485,-73.983886&spn=0.004146,0.008261&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=40.743581,-73.983811&panoid=BRduADmrpBHyoJL3Yc1EYg&cbp=12,153.56,,1,-2.45 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 160.79.125.18 (talk) 20:42, 5 April 2013 (UTC)