IKEA was started in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad in the forest town of Älmhult, Sweden, as a small mail order catalog company. What started small back then has gradually developed into a global furniture brand that provides people all over the world with affordable design and comfort. But what always remains is our vision: to enable the many people to have a better everyday life at home. Discover the history of IKEA, find out more about our traditions, what drives us today and how we try to make a positive difference to people and our planet.