Without a direct translation, but meaning “a coffee and cake break“, Fika and Fika-ing is a key part of Swedish life and culture. It epitomises the country’s balanced, rational approach to work, and the necessity of taking regular breaks and socialising. Fika takes place sitting down in local cafes and bakeries, as opposed to a lifeless Starbucks take-away quaffed desk-side between mountains of paperwork. A holiday is hardly a 9-5 affair, but all in the name of market research and cultural immersion, we Fika’d daily to energise us through our walking and swimming. Below are some of our favourites.