DID YOU KNOW THAT? “IKEA” is an acronym

Let’s end 2022 and start 2023 with a “knowledge sharing” post. During high school and college, I was assigned to contribute tidbits of information for our campus newsletters. And I kinda want to do the same here at BEST LIFE QATAR. So every Saturday, I will also be challenging myself to look for information that may be of interest to our readers but nonetheless will be nuggets of information that some may find amusing and informative. So here’s what our regular posting week will look like:

Sunday – PINOY LINGO (Tag-lish post, open to contributors)
Monday –
Tuesday –
Wednesday –
Thursday – regular blog posting schedule (but may change and can be more frequent depending on the events)
Friday – weekend in Qatar

Let’s start with this. YES! “IKEA” is an acronym. You’d be forgiven for assuming that IKEA is a Swedish word related to furniture. In fact, it’s an acronym that combines the initials of founder Ingvar Kamprad (IK) with the name of the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd) and a nearby village (Agunnaryd). Kamprad was just 17 when he founded the company in 1943, initially selling small household items — think pens and wallets — rather than beds and sofas. He likely had no idea that there would one day be around 460 IKEA stores in 62 markets (as of 22 December 2022) around the globe.

For the last decades, Kamprad has been a mythical creature around IKEA. Just think about the naming of the products. It’s said that Kamprad, who says he is partly dyslexic, christened the products himself – beds after places in Norway, fabric, and curtains after Scandinavian girls’ names, plants or flowers, and bookcases after Scandinavian boys’ names or certain professions. The reason being, that it was easier to keep track of names than numbers. “He loves to tell that story,” says Juni Wannberg, who is a guide at the Ikea Museum in Almhult. Source: https://www.dailyscandinavian.com/ikea-founder-returns-to-sweden/

IKEA isn’t the only unexpected acronym. It’s joined on that list by “laser” (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation), “scuba” (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus), “radar” (RAdio Detection And Ranging), and even fellow Swedes ABBA (Agnetha, Björn, Benny, and Anni-Frid).

Source: interestingfacts.com

Indeed, my blogging activity is a by-product of inspiration and information that I gathered for myself. I believe that we can only give what we have. And so I have to make sure that I fill myself first before pouring it out in the blog – to be shared with others later on. In the same way as sharing our experiences, I need to see, feel, and eat them first so that I will have the confidence to tell my readers about them. Our blog is our very own experience. The stamp of my family’s faces on every experience is what set us apart from the rest – IT IS OUR VERY OWN.

Here are some of our Youtube content for IKEA:

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