|Material living conditions||All Periods||Happiness Not happy (%)||Happiness Happy (%)||Satisfaction with life Not satisfied with life (%)||Satisfaction with life Satisfied with life (%)|
|Total of material living conditions||2010 new method||16||84||15||85|
|Total of material living conditions||2012||17||83||17||83|
|Income level: 1st 25%-group||2010 new method||27||73||26||74|
|Income level: 1st 25%-group||2012||25||75||26||74|
|Income level: 2nd 25%-group||2010 new method||18||82||17||83|
|Income level: 2nd 25%-group||2012||18||82||20||80|
|Income level: 3rd 25%-group||2010 new method||14||86||14||86|
|Income level: 3rd 25%-group||2012||16||84||15||85|
|Income level: 4th 25%-group||2010 new method||11||89||10||90|
|Income level: 4th 25%-group||2012||12||88||11||89|
|Holidays: none||2010 new method||28||72||26||74|
|Holidays: once||2010 new method||16||84||16||84|
|Holidays: more than once||2010 new method||9||91||9||91|
|Holidays: more than once||2012||.||.||.||.|
|Housing: own home||2010 new method||13||87||12||88|
|Housing: own home||2012||13||87||13||87|
|Housing: rented with rent subsidy||2010 new method||32||68||33||67|
|Housing: rented with rent subsidy||2012||29||71||34||66|
|Housing: rented without rent subsidy||2010 new method||18||82||18||82|
|Housing: rented without rent subsidy||2012||21||79||19||81|
This table contains information on the wellbeing of the Dutch population aged 18 years and older in terms of happiness and satisfaction with life. These subjects are broken down by various characteristics of material living conditions, i.e. standardised income, frequency of holidays and living situation. The data are also broken down by personal characteristics, that is gender, age and origin. The data are based on the Health Interview Survey (POLS, 2003-2009), the Voluntary Work and Social Cohesion module (V&S, 2010 old method), the Social Cohesion and Well-being survey (SocSam, 2010 new method, 2012) and the Social Statistics Database (SSB). Data on household income and living situation from the SSB were added to POLS data for the years 2003 up to and including 2009. From 2010 onwards data were supplemented with the SSB data from the previous year.
Data available from 2003 till 2012.
Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are definite.
Changes as of 16 January 2015:
This table has been discontinued.
Changes as of 16-12-2013:
In 2010 the survey was redesigned. As a consequence, statistics from 2010 onwards are not completely comparable to statistics from previous years. For 2010 there are statistics based on both the old as well as the new method. More information on the redesign can be found in paragraph 4.
When will new figures be published?
- Not happy
- Share of the population who responded ‘not happy, not unhappy’, ‘not very happy’ or ‘unhappy’ to the question ‘To what extent do you consider yourself a happy person?’.
- Share of the population who responded ‘happy’ or ‘very happy’ to the question ‘To what extent do you consider yourself a happy person?’.
- Satisfaction with life
- Not satisfied with life
- Share of the population that responded ‘fairly satisfied’ or ‘not so satisfied’ to the question ‘to what extend are you satisfied with the life you’re currently living?’.
- Satisfied with life
- Share of the population that responded ‘satisfied’, ‘very satisfied’ or ‘exceptionally satisfied’ to the question ‘to what extend are you satisfied with the life you’re currently living?’.