IKEA applications show true sign of Spain’s economic struggles

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VALENCIA, SPAIN – IKEA is known for its easy, ready-to-assemble furniture, but something not easy to fix and assemble is Spain’s unemployment problem.

A new IKEA store set to open near Valencia next summer shows just how bad it is. When IKEA posted 400 job openings for the new store, more than 20,000 people applied within 48 hours. The amount of applicants crashed IKEA’s computer serves in Spain.

While times are tough in Spain, it’s a complete 180 in Denmark. The company did so well there this past year, they’re giving a Christmas bonus to all their employees. It’s equivalent to half a month’s salary.

That’s certainly one way to spread the Christmas cheer!