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  • Coffe, or having a cup of coffee, is informally 'fika': without transposition! kaffe coffee fi-ka ffe-kon; fika fekon losing the last part becomes 'fika'.

    languagehat.com: WELSCHEN IN FRAMMERSBACH.

  • Every manojo of Bontoc and Samoki palay is tied up at harvest time with a strip of one variety of bamboo called "fika" made by the pueblos from sections of bamboo brought in bundles from a day's journey westward to barter during April and May.

    The Bontoc Igorot

  • Uppsala has many cafés where students can hang out and "fika".

    RSS — Articles on Sweden.se

  • "Matimu ya yindlo ya kokwana Pontia ku fika ka vatatana va hina."

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • So: 'Come, let's "fika lite"' does not sound like such a nice invitation to a Norwegian...

    Spikning - as Luther did it

  • Stockholm is made up of 14 small islands, each with a very different feel; strolling across the little bridges that connect the capital, stopping for fika coffee and cake and perusing the boutiques, is a wonderful way to spend a city break.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • One of the first Swedish words any new visitor learns is fika, which means a coffee break, usually enjoyed with a little cake or pastry, much like the British term elevenses but with no time restriction.

    NYT > Home Page

  • By reinventing Swedish classics or drawing inspiration from other places, they've brought fresh sophistication to the fika.

    NYT > Home Page

  • And this is a popular hangout for fika, or coffee and a slice of cake.

    RSS — Articles on Sweden.se

  • She has also come to appreciate a classic Swedish pastime: the coffee break, or fika.

    RSS — Articles on Sweden.se

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  • according to them, it means "coffee and cake", that is, a whole branch of cuisine

    October 4, 2009

  • Ha! :-)

    And there I was, standing on the headland at Turku, part-Moomin-dreamer and part-wide-eyed foreigner, gazing devoutly out to sea for signs of something interesting. Look!

    March 7, 2009

  • Maybe you are referring to... figa? :o] I knew that. I also knew that you can never say "Look, (at) the sea!" in Finnish in Italy. It would be: Katso merta!

    March 7, 2009

  • Don't ask for this in Italy. Please.

    March 7, 2009

  • Swedish for coffee. Also a verb: to drink coffee.

    March 7, 2009