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Charted: Number of IKEA Stores, by Country

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Charted: Number of IKEA Stores By Country

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The first IKEA opened in 1958 in Älmhult, Sweden, forever changing how students and young adults on a shoestring budget decorated their homes.

Its mission to provide simple, affordable, and functional furniture to the masses revolutionized an entire industry.

But in which countries does the Scandinavian brand have the biggest presence?

We visualize the number of IKEA stores globally, by region and country, using data from World Population Review. The source warns that per-country numbers tend to fluctuate as stores can open and shut at any time. IKEA’s own store count lists them by region only, and has a lower total number, suggesting stores have closed since World Population Review’s last count.

Which Countries Have the Most IKEA Stores?

IKEA’s biggest presence is in Germany, boasting of 55 stores in a country of 83 million people, or about one store per 1.5 million Germans.

RankCountryRegionIkea Stores
1🇩🇪 GermanyEurope55
2🇺🇸 U.S.North America52
3🇨🇳 ChinaAsia37
4🇫🇷 FranceEurope36
5🇪🇸 SpainEurope30
6🇮🇹 ItalyEurope23
7🇬🇧 UKEurope22
8🇸🇪 SwedenEurope20
9🇨🇦 CanadaNorth America15
10🇳🇱 NetherlandsEurope13
11🇯🇵 JapanAsia12
12🇵🇱 PolandEurope11
13🇦🇺 AustraliaOceania10
14🇨🇭 SwitzerlandEurope9
15🇧🇪 BelgiumEurope8
16🇦🇹 AustriaEurope8
17🇮🇩 IndonesiaAsia7
18🇹🇷 TurkeyAsia7
19🇹🇼 TaiwanAsia7
20🇮🇱 IsraelAsia7
21🇳🇴 NorwayEurope7
22🇮🇳 IndiaAsia5
23🇬🇷 GreeceEurope5
24🇵🇹 PortugalEurope5
25🇩🇰 DenmarkEurope5
26🇫🇮 FinlandEurope5
27🇹🇭 ThailandAsia4
28🇰🇷 South KoreaAsia4
29🇸🇦 Saudi ArabiaAsia4
30🇲🇾 MalaysiaAsia4
31🇦🇪 UAEAsia4
32🇭🇰 Hong KongAsia4
33🇨🇿 Czech RepublicEurope4
34🇩🇴 Dominican RepublicNorth America4
35🇪🇬 EgyptAfrica3
36🇲🇦 MoroccoAfrica3
37🇸🇬 SingaporeAsia3
38🇰🇼 KuwaitAsia3
39🇭🇺 HungaryEurope3
40🇧🇬 BulgariaEurope3
41🇵🇷 Puerto RicoNorth America3
42🇷🇴 RomaniaEurope2
43🇮🇪 IrelandEurope2
44🇲🇽 MexicoNorth America2
45🇨🇱 ChileSouth America2
46🇵🇭 PhilippinesAsia1
47🇯🇴 JordanAsia1
48🇴🇲 OmanAsia1
49🇶🇦 QatarAsia1
50🇧🇭 BahrainAsia1
51🇲🇴 MacauAsia1
52🇺🇦 UkraineEurope1
53🇷🇸 SerbiaEurope1
54🇸🇰 SlovakiaEurope1
55🇭🇷 CroatiaEurope1
56🇱🇹 LithuaniaEurope1
57🇸🇮 SloveniaEurope1
58🇱🇻 LatviaEurope1
59🇪🇪 EstoniaEurope1
60🇨🇾 CyprusEurope1
61🇮🇸 IcelandEurope1
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A 2022 survey found that 96% of Germans knew of the IKEA brand of which 64% actively bought furniture from them. But it’s not only a passion for minimalist home design that Germans enjoy. In 2011, a German newspaper found that IKEA ranked as the second-most popular fast food place in the country, successfully beating out McDonald’s.

Across the Atlantic, the U.S. ranks a close second with 52 IKEA stores, most of them congregating on both coasts, though a fair amount can be found in the Midwest.

Both Germany and the U.S. are well-ahead of the next closest countries, China (37), France (36), and Spain (30), which round out the top five.

Like many other brands seeking access to the 1.4-billion strong market, IKEA has focused on China as a major growth opportunity. It prioritized more modular designs to fit smaller Chinese homes, a sharp contrast to their American consumers who wanted bigger beds and closets.

Some countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe only have a single store. However, numbers don’t tell the whole story. For example, in Croatia and Lithuania, IKEA is the most-searched brand in the country.

In the Philippines (also with a solitary IKEA), shoppers are treated to a an incredible (or tiring) experience: in Pasay City, the biggest IKEA store ever measures 700,000 square feet, or the equivalent of 150 basketball courts. Before it had even opened, Filipinos reportedly crashed the website in a rush to sign up for loyalty programs.

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Vintage Viz: World Cities With 1 Million Residents (1800–1930)

From someone born in the 19th century, in the midst of historic population growth, comes this vintage visualization showing world cities growing ever bigger.

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A cropped chart from our vintage viz series showing world cities with one million residents between 1800 and 1930.

World Cities With At Least 1 Million Residents (1800–1930)

This chart is the latest in our Vintage Viz series, which presents historical visualizations along with the context needed to understand them.

The explosive world population boom in the last 300 years is common knowledge today. Much and more has been written about how and why it happened, why it was unusual, and how the specter of a declining population for the first time in three centuries could impact human society.

However, equally compelling, is how people in the past—those living in the midst of the early waves of this boom—were fascinated by what they were witnessing.

Evidence of this comes from today’s vintage visualization, denoting the increasing number of world cities with at least one million inhabitants through the years.

The above pictogram was made by Austrian philosopher and sociologist Otto Neurath (1882–1945), found in his book, Society and Economy, published in 1930.

World Population Doubles Between 1800 and 1930

In 1800, the world population crossed 1 billion for the first time ever.

In the next 130 years, it doubled past 2 billion.

The Second Agricultural Revolution, characterized by massive land and labor productivity, grew agricultural output more than the population and is one of the key drivers of this population growth.

And in the pictogram above, where one silhouette indicates one million inhabitants, this exponential population growth becomes far more vivid.

In 1800, for example, according to the creator’s estimates, only London had at least million residents. A century later, 15 cities now boasted of the same number. Then, three decades hence, 37 cities across the world had one million inhabitants.

YearCities with One Million Residents
18001
190015
193037

Importantly, the data above is based on the creator’s estimates from a century ago, and does not include Beijing (then referred to as Peking in English) in 1800. Historians now agree that the city had more than a million residents, and was the largest city in the world at the time.

Another phenomenon becoming increasingly apparent is growing urbanization—food surplus frees up large sections of the population from agriculture, driving specialization in other skills and trade, in turn leading to congregations in urban centers.

Other visualizations in the same book covered migration, Indigenous peoples, labor, religion, trade, and natural resources, reflecting the creator’s interest in the social life of individuals and their well-being.

Who Was Otto Neurath and What is His Legacy?

This vintage visualization might seem incredibly simple, simplistic even, considering how we map out population data today. But the creator Otto Neurath, and his wife Marie, were pioneers in the field of visual communication.

One of their notable achievements was the creation of the Vienna Method of pictorial statistics, which aimed to represent statistical information in a visually accessible way—the forerunner to modern-day infographics.

The Neuraths believed in using clear and simple visual language to convey complex information to a broad audience, an approach that laid the foundation for modern information design.

They fled Austria during the rise of the Nazi regime and spent their later years in various countries, including the UK. Otto Neurath’s influence on graphic design, visual communication, and the philosophy of language has endured, and his legacy is still recognized in these fields today.

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