What’s the difference?
I understand that longtime residents of Greece know the difference, but I wanted to prevent newcomers in need of medical services from traveling to Spata or Aigaleo, only to find inexpensive furniture and not an “IKEA hospital.” IKEA does not repair people or even furniture for that matter. Some would argue that IKA does not provide the means to properly repair people either, but that’s a different story altogether.
Likewise, an IKA location offers no furniture for sale and can only provide workers and retirees in Greece with services pertaining to insurance matters and pensions.
*Article last updated March 2, 2012
IKEA and IKA websites
Links to official websites, one with a limited English version and the other (now) only in Greek.
IKA (www.ika.gr) purports to have their site in several languages, however it’s not quite true. The English, French and German versions have been expanded from one sentence to a few paragraphs with a Word document containing “more information” in Greek, which isn’t very useful since those choosing this option can’t read Greek. The Albanian, Russian, Romanian and Bulgarian versions connect to a one-page PDF in the respective language, and this isn’t nearly enough to cover the basics.