Flatpack empire with a work ethic
The idea conjures up visions of plastic classroom chairs being replaced by stylish new sofas, and teachers forced to trail round windowless maze-like warehouses in search of the staffroom.
The reality is a little more prosaic. By adopting the schools, the Swedes have allowed pupils to take part in an Australian government initiative designed to allow them to see first-hand how a workplace works.
"It's a terrific way to educate them about potential jobs to pursue in the future," explains Elle Winter, human resources manager at Ikea in Adelaide.
But what's in it for teachers? Well, I suppose there ought to be plenty of inspiration around for assembly.