On 28 July 1943, Ingvar Kamprad, then only 17 years old, founded IKEA in the small town of Älmhult in Småland, Sweden. Now, IKEA is celebrating 80 years of entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and co-creation with a curious, humble, and positive outlook for the future.
In the beginning, IKEA was a small mail-order business where orders were filled by a teenage Ingvar on his bicycle. The brand is now represented in 62 markets with 462 IKEA touchpoints, 700 million physical customer visits, 2.6 billion online visits, and more than 20 million IKEA app downloads*. The team of 231,000 IKEA co-workers worldwide helps create a better everyday life for the many people.
‘’IKEA could not be where it is today without our co-workers, customers, suppliers, partners, and supporters. So many people have been part of building what we have achieved. I’m very grateful for each and everyone, and today we all celebrate those achievements together. For the last 80 years, we have had the privilege of being part of the many people’s homes and lives – a role we humbly want to continue to have over the coming 80 years and beyond’’, says Jon Abrahamsson Ring, CEO Inter IKEA Group.
Press Release published28 July 2023