The furniture giant has its roots in Sweden. In 1943, Ikea was founded by Mr Ingvar Kamprad, who lent his initials to the company.

The "e" in Ikea is a reference to the family farm Elmtaryd and the "a" refers to the village of Agunnaryd, Sweden, where he grew up.

Mr Kamprad, who is dyslexic, could not remember the number codes of his furniture so he devised his own naming method.

According to The Guardian, carpets are named after places in Denmark and dining tables have names inspired by places in Finland. Chairs and desks have masculine names while curtains have feminine names.

Ikea is pronounced like this: aɪˈkiːə

This article was first published in The Straits Times.