Ikea is a Swedish company and brand that designs and manufactures ready-to-assemble home furniture, accessories and kitchen appliances. The company was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad
. Ikea is now worth upward of 40 billion dollars and is the largest furniture retailer in the world.
The name Ikea derives from the founder's initials Ingvar Kamprad (IK
), Elmtaryd (E
), the name of the family farm where he was born and his hometown, named Agunnaryd (A
), thus forming IKEA
In English, the name Ikea is often pronounced as eye-kee-ah.
However, the native Swedish pronunciation of Ikea is actually different. The correct pronunciation of Ikea eek-eh-ah.
First of all, the subdivision of syllables in Ikea follows the initials from which it is constructed. Consequently, the "i" and the "k" are placed together, and they are pronounced as you pronounce the letters "i" and "k" in Swedish. The "i" is pronounced as "ee" in Swedish, while the "k" is pronounced as you would in English. The "e" is then pronounced as a short "e" in Swedish, so with an "eh" sound. The final "a" is pronounced in the same way both in English and in Swedish.