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Arena Idé is a progressive, non-partisan think tank based in Stockholm, Sweden. We focus on issues related to the labour market, economic policy, welfare and democracy. We are funded by Swedish trade unions. Arena Idé is part of Arenagruppen.

Arena Idé’s fundamental values are equality, democracy and freedom.

Our work centres on researching, producing and releasing reports, podcasts and books. We host workshops and other events.   

The working team at Arena Idé consists of Lisa Pelling, German Bender, Håkan A Bengtsson and Helena Eitrem.

At Arena Idé we carry out our own analyses and investigations, and collaborate with external partners. We work with an extensive network of researchers, journalists and writers. 

Arena Idé is mainly funded by the blue-collar Swedish Trade Union Confederation LO and its three largest members Kommunal, IF Metall and Handels, as well as unions within the white-collar trade union confederations TCO and Saco

Lisa Pelling is the head of Arena Idé.

Get in touch with Lisa at or +4673-654 13 16.
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German Bender is chief analyst at Arena Idé, with particular focus on labour market and education policy. He is also a PhD candidate at Stockholm School of Economics.

Get in touch with German at or +4670-202 31 11.
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Håkan A Bengtsson is CEO of Arenagruppen and works with progressive thinking on economics, working life, democracy and the welfare state.

Get in touch with Håkan at or +4673-654 13 00.

Helena Eitrem is the head of communication and has many years of experience in political communication 

Get in touch with Helena at or +4673-654 13 13.

For over 20 years, the think tank has developed a large international network, mostly in Europe. 

As the Swedish representative for the Innovation in Politics Institute, we help identify and develop innovations in politics and facilitate best practice exchange across borders and party lines. 

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Collaboration partners through Innovation in Politics Institute: