In Sweden, coffee breaks are taken so seriously, it even has a name: 'Fika'.
WHAT IS FIKA?
'Fika' — which roughly translates from Swedish as drinking coffee, eating sweet treats and chatting — is mandatory for many companies.
It was first introduced in the workplace in the 1900s and has since become an integral part of Swedish culture.
It's about spending time with people while eating delicious baked goods, and drinking great coffee.
The tradition reflects the Swedish ideal of slowing down to appreciate life's smaller joys. If done right, fika is believed to improve productivity and enhance wellbeing.
Some compare it with going to a bar with friends and many view it as a contributing factor to happiness in the workplace.
HOW DO YOU FIKA?
You don't even have to go to a coffee shop to fika, you're free to enjoy the experience almost anywhere, but you cannot do it alone.
Find a friend or colleague, order a cup of coffee or tea, and choose up to seven different cakes or pastries.
You then eat the baked goods in a particular order starting with the least fancy treat and ending it off with a slice of the Swedish Princess cake.
We really can't argue with a tradition that encourages everyone to enjoy each other's company, sip on a hot beverage, and eat delicious baked goods. Sign us up!