Nyfiken is ’curious’, ‘inquisitive’, anxious to know’. Ny is ‘new’ and fiken is ‘covetous’, ‘greedy’. The verb fika efter means ‘hanker after’. The word is a bit derogatory. It exists also in other Nordic languages and could be onomatopoetic. (Fika also means ‘coffee’, ‘coffee break’, but that is another story)
Curious comes from Old French curios. The modern French version, curieux has been borrowed into Swedish as kuriös, meaning 'strange'.
Det här nyfikna gänget (This curious gang) spend their summer at the sculpture park Pilane. (see Liljekonvalj below) When we walked around the site somebody had left open the door to a black house and they all rushed there to see what was inside.
And what did they think of what was inside?