Kicking off the weekend
In the 1990s, the term fredagsmys, or ‘cosy Friday’, established itself in the Swedish consciousness. The expression stems from a long tradition of making the start of the weekend a bit special in combination with… a marketing campaign for crisps. Terminology aside, it is a much-needed way to mark the end of the working week and gear up for the weekend. It is a culinary semicolon.
Fredagsmys takes on different shapes depending on who it is for: a couple, a family with kids and friends will all have their own variation. A key ingredient, however, is easy meals for which everyone is the master chef. Finger food and snacks are preferred to cooking and cleaning a pile of dirty pots and pans. On a Wednesday evening the kids may sit in front of the computer while the parents are busying themselves in the kitchen, but on Friday it is all about time together. Many also associate fredagsmys with watching television.
Last updated: 8 May 2014