About us

One brand, many companies, and many, many people – that’s us in a nutshell. Spread all over the world, we have a passion for home furnishing and an inspiring shared vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people. This, together with our straightforward business idea, shared values, and a culture based on the spirit of togetherness, guides us in everything we do.

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To offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low, that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

IKEA business idea

464 IKEA stores worldwide

Updated: 25 November 2021.

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  • The first IKEA store opened in 1958 in Älmhult, Sweden.
  • The latest IKEA stores to open are Mumbai, India and Pasay City, Philippines.
  • Germany has the most IKEA stores in the world.
  • The biggest IKEA store is IKEA Kungens Kurva, Sweden.
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Our year in review

Get a glimpse of FY21 with a selection of facts and figures.

Together, all over the world

The IKEA Brand unites thousands of co-workers and hundreds of companies with different owners around the world. The retail business is organised in a franchise system with 12 franchisees in 54 markets that – together with the franchisor and other parts of the business – continuously improve and develop the brand.

What’s it like to be an IKEA franchisee?

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The IKEA way of retail

Whether we are entering new markets or meeting customers in new ways, we are constantly innovating to meet customer expectations.

Find out how we develop the IKEA experience

IKEA is not the work of one person alone, it is the result of many minds and many souls working together through many years of joy and hard work.

Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA Founder

More than a retailer

To meet the needs of our customers we have a unique business model and value chain. It includes product development, design, supply, manufacture and sales. And of course, it starts and ends with our customers.

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The history of IKEA

IKEA reaches millions of hearts and homes all over the world. And it all began in a small Swedish town in the 1940s.

Discover our story