Life satisfaction survey

Data are based on the survey Social coherence and welfare conducted by Statistics Netherlands. In this survey, respondents were invited in 2012 to define their degree of satisfaction with life in general and with various specific aspects of life. All respondents answered the same questions, except the question on job satisfaction and the question on daily routines. People working at least 12 hours a week were asked to answer the question on job satisfaction. The remainder of the respondents were asked to answer the question on daily routines.

Answers are rated on a scale ranging from 0 to 10; 0 equals ‘completely dissatisfied’, 10 equals ‘completely satisfied’. For this publication, people are classified by degree of satisfaction:

  • Score 0-4: dissatisfied
  • Score 5 and 6: not satisfied, not dissatisfied
  • Score 7 and 8: satisfied
  • Score 9 and 10: very satisfied

All figures in this article refer to persons aged 18 years or older who are members of a particular household in the Netherlands.

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