Creating a better everyday life for many people

IKEA is a Swedish Home furnishings company founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943 in Smål and in southern Sweden. At the age of five Ingvar Kamprad started his journey as an entrepreneur selling matches to his nearby neighbours. From matches he expanded his business to selling flower seeds, greeting cards, Christmas tree decorations, and later pencils and ball point pens.

When Ingvar was 17, his father gave him money as a reward for succeeding in his studies. He used it to establish his own business, IKEA. The name IKEA was formed from the his initials (IK) plus the first letters of Elmtaryd (E) and Agunnaryd (A), the farm and village where he grew up. IKEA originally sold sells pens, wallets, picture frames, table runners, watches, jewellery and nylon stockings. Furniture was introduced into the IKEA range in 1948 and the restis history!

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A cultural landmark at the heart of IKEA world

As the IKEA Concept expands to reach more and more parts of the world it also grows farther and farther from its roots in Sweden, the roots that have nourished our values.

IKEA culture and values play such an important role in the IKEA business that a co-worker culture center was built in Älmhult, Sweden.

Maintaining a strong IKEA culture is one of the most crucial factors behind the continued success of the IKEA concept

Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder

A culture of hearts

The IKEA culture is hard to describe but easy to embrace. It’s a culture of enthusiasm, togetherness and willpower, born from our roots in southern Sweden and inspired by the IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad.

The IKEA culture humbly unites us in our work to create a better The IKEA culture humbly unites us in our work to create a better everyday life for the many people. It’s not an easy task – and maybe that’s why we and all other IKEA coworkers are so dedicated and so stubborn.

We all share the same conviction that many, not few, shall be able to create the home they want and dream of. And when you put your heart into your work, it’s then you really can make a difference.

Many co-workers are involved in the creation of a better everyday life for the many people. Business plans and expansion ideas are great motivators to work hard. But there is no substitute for the feeling of actually contributing to something bigger.

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