While you have to go to the government or a church or your parents to gain permission and recognition for a marriage, no stamps of approval are needed to call someone your sambo.
Workers in Sweden and Finland are even guaranteed breaks, which often culminate in unofficial fika at 10 and 3, where you may find it difficult to reach someone on the phone.
While it’s true that many other countries also take coffee breaks, they aren’t appreciated in the same manner as they are here, nor are they mandated by law.
Fika is a cultural requisite often including baked sweets, fruit or open-faced sandwiches enjoyed alongside coffee.
In addition to the food, fika is also about relaxing in the company of others. S., cafés are filled with individuals on laptops who take up an entire table for four to check their email. In Nordic countries however, a café can be filled all day with friends, colleagues and love interests discussing the weather, travel, weekend plans and family life.
The word itself (pronounced fee-ka) originates from a former spelling of the Swedish word for coffee—kaffi—and is still used by older generations to mean just that.