Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has removed out all the women from the version of the company's famed catalogue to be distributed in Saudi Arabia, prompting a stern reaction from Sweden's trade minister.

Nearly 200 million copies of Ikea's forthcoming catalogue will be printed in 27 languages for distribution in 38 countries.

And the catalogues will be nearly identical, save for those printed for distribution in Saudi Arabia, a country where women don't get to vote, drive cars, or move freely on the streets, the Metro newspaper reported.

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