IKEA is a company known all over the world, mainly for its ready-to-assemble furniture.

The company was founded on July 28, 1943 by a 17-year-old Swede – Ingvar Kamprad.

IKEA interesting facts

1. IKEA has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since 2008.

2. In 2015, the founder of IKEA – Ingvar Kamprad was the 8th richest man in the world. His fortune was estimated at $ 58.7 billion.

3. IKEA stores are located in 445 places around the world.

4. Annually, over 900 million people visit IKEA stores.

5. About 1% of all cut trees in the world are used for the production of IKEA furniture.

6. The IKEA company initially only dealt with mail order sales. The idea to add to the furniture offer was realized in 1948.

7. Most IKEA stores are located in Germany (53). The United States is in second place (51).

8. The first piece of furniture for self-assembly was a leaf-shaped table (Lovet). It went on sale in 1956.

9. The most-selling piece of furniture at IKEA is the Billy bookcase. To meet demand, more than 15 are produced per minute. The Billy Bookcase has been sold for over 40 years. On its 30th anniversary in 2009, 41 million copies have been sold worldwide.

10. It is estimated that around 10% of Europeans were conceived in IKEA beds.

11. Meatballs are the most popular dish bought at IKEA food outlets (over 150 million are sold annually).

12. One of the company’s main goals is to supply its facilities exclusively with renewable energy, using wind turbines and solar panels.

13. IKEA employs approximately 165,000 people worldwide.

14. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was famous for his extremely modest life despite his enormous wealth. Once he was not admitted to the Entrepreneur of the Year award gala because he came by bus.

15. There are over 12,000 different products to choose from in IKEA stores.

16. In 2012, all women were removed from IKEA catalogs published in Saudi Arabia.

17. The largest IKEA store is located in Seoul (South Korea). It has an area of ​​59,000 m2.

18. There is a playground for children in every IKEA store.

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Where did the name IKEA come from?

It is an acronym consisting of the initials of the name of the founder (Ingvar Kamprad), the farm he grew up on (Elmtaryd) and his home village of Agunnaryd.

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