According to Finnish national broadcaster YLE, Ikea started construction of its new store in Tornio-Haparanda yesterday (Monday, Aug 29). The bad news is that the store is now scheduled to open only at Christmas next year, not next summer as I had been led to believe. :( A spokesperson said that they expect one million visitors every year. Jesus, there are barely a million people in all of northern Sweden, Finland, and Norway combined. That said, I'm pretty sure every one of them will be visiting the Ikea store.