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Why Swedes always make time for afternoon delights

The Swedish coffee break, or fika, is more than just coffee and a slice of cake - it's a commitment to slow down

Workers at the Swedish Handball Federation (SHF) meeting for a traditional fika, which is also a natural part of the day at the workplace - and stopping work to sit down for java and a chat is not considered goofing off from one's duties.


THE French have their wine, the British have their tea. For Swedes, it's all about fika, the de rigueur daily coffee break with a sweet nibble that is a social institution.

Sweden's almost 10 million inhabitants account for one per cent of the world's coffee consumption,