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About IKEA

1. When was IKEA founded and where does the name IKEA come from?

IKEA was founded in 1943. The name is made up from the initials of our founder, Ingvar Kamprad and the first letters of the farm Elmtaryd and the village Agunnaryd in rural southern Sweden where he grew up. Ingvar Kamprad was just 17 when he registered the IKEA name. To read more, please visit IKEA history.

2. Who owns the IKEA concept?

IKEA retailing, with its Swedish roots, is based on a franchise system. Inter IKEA Systems B.V., located in Delft, The Netherlands, is the owner and franchisor of the IKEA Concept. IKEA stores are operated by a number of different franchisees in 29 countries.

3. Can I distribute IKEA products?

Inter IKEA Systems B.V., in the Netherlands, is the owner of the IKEA concept and trademark. It has franchise agreements with every IKEA store in the world. The IKEA Group is the biggest franchisee. To read more, please visit About the IKEA Group.

4. How can I become a franchisee?

IKEA products are sold solely in stores operating the IKEA Retail System--franchised by Inter IKEA Systems B.V. of The Netherlands.

Inter IKEA Systems B.V., the owner and world-wide franchisor of the IKEA Concept, aims to bring IKEA products to as many people as possible by franchising the IKEA Concept to IKEA Franchisees. Inter IKEA Systems B.V. constantly seeks market expansion, and grants new franchises to markets/territories according to a detailed expansion plan.

Franchises are granted only to organisations and/or individuals that can secure a strong market position and market penetration in the given territory. Franchises are only granted to organisations and/or individuals that have extensive retail experience and solid local market knowledge. Opening an IKEA franchise requires considerable investment by the IKEA franchisee.

Further information can be obtained by writing to Inter IKEA Systems B.V.:

Attention: Franchising

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
Olof Palmestraat 1
NL 2616 LN Delft
The Netherlands

Fax: +31 15 215 38 38

5. What is the IKEA Group?

The IKEA Group consists of a number of companies, from the Swedwood industrial group to the sales companies that own individual stores. The IKEA Group develops, buys, distributes and sells IKEA products. The IKEA Group is owned by the Stichting INGKA Foundation, which is registered in the Netherlands. To read more, please visit About the IKEA Group.

6. Why is IKEA group owned by a foundation?

The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, wanted to create an ownership structure and an organisation that stand for independence and a long-term approach. That is why, since 1982, the IKEA Group has been owned by a foundation.

7. What is IKEA's vision and business idea?

Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea is to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional, home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them. To read more, please visit Our vision and business idea.

8. How can I find out about job opportunities within IKEA?

For current open positions or for more information about working at an IKEA Group store or an IKEA Group unit, please visit the job site.

9. How many IKEA Group stores are there and where will new stores open?

For an updated list please visit IKEA Group stores , or visit your local country site.

10. How do I get the IKEA Group annual report?

The IKEA Group is not a publicly listed company and therefore does not issue an annual report. All available annual figures and our latest Facts & Figures brochure about the IKEA Group can be found at Facts & Figures.