IKEA is a Swedish Home furnishings company founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943 in Småland in southern Sweden. At the age of five Ingvar Kamprad started his journey as an entrepreneur selling matches to his 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 pens, wallets, picture frames, table runners, watches, jewellery and nylon stockings. Furniture was introduced into the IKEA range in 1948 and the rest is history!More about IKEA
As the IKEA Concept expands reaching 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 centre was built in Älmhult, Sweden.
Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder
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 everyday life for the many people. It’s not an easy task – and maybe that’s why we and most of IKEA co-workers 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, 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.More about working at IKEA