The Swedish home furnishing giant has tallied 17,775 applications, most from Belgrade locals who would have a quick commute to the big box store being set up just outside the capital, Belga news agency reported.
Belgrade once, and briefly, boasted an Ikea. The store opened in what was then the capital of Yugoslavia, on the eve of the break-up of the nation, and was shut when the Balkan wars began in the early 1990s.
Now it says it is investigating 70 million euros ($78 million) in the new site, which it hopes to open by summer and follow with four other locations.
The unemployment rate in Serbia, a country of 7.2 million, was 19.7 percent in 2016, according to UN figures, with 44 percent of youth out of work. The average monthly salary is around 370 euros.
Ikea employs 150,000 people globally and has an annual turnover of more than 30 billion euros.
Article by AFP.