Wellbeing; material living conditions, 2003-2012

Wellbeing; material living conditions, 2003-2012

Material living conditions Personal characteristics 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 Origin: Foreign western background 2003 17 83 16 84
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2004 14 86 16 84
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2005 17 83 15 85
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2006 13 87 16 84
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2007 15 85 16 84
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2008 15 85 15 85
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2009 12 88 17 83
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2010 old method 15 85 18 82
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2010 new method 19 81 18 82
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign western background 2012 19 81 21 79
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2003 28 72 25 75
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2004 28 72 27 73
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2005 28 72 27 73
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2006 22 78 28 72
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2007 25 75 19 81
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2008 23 77 19 81
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2009 22 78 24 76
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 old method 23 77 22 78
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 new method 26 74 20 80
Total of material living conditions Origin: Foreign non-western background 2012 23 77 25 75
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2003 27 73 30 70
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2004 20 80 24 76
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2005 26 74 21 79
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2006 21 79 25 75
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2007 20 80 26 74
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2008 20 80 26 74
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2009 23 77 29 71
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 old method . . . .
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 new method . . . .
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2012 . . . .
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2003 36 64 30 70
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2004 39 61 36 64
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2005 38 62 35 65
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2006 31 69 34 66
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2007 33 67 26 74
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2008 30 70 26 74
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2009 28 72 29 71
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 old method 24 76 27 73
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 new method 31 69 23 77
Income level: 1st 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2012 . . . .
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2003 17 83 16 84
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2004 14 86 17 83
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2005 15 85 14 86
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2006 14 86 18 82
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2007 15 85 13 87
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2008 15 85 12 88
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2009 17 83 19 81
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 old method . . . .
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 new method . . . .
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2012 . . . .
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2003 24 76 23 77
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2004 27 73 26 74
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2005 21 79 21 79
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2006 16 84 22 78
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2007 27 73 21 79
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2008 24 76 22 78
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2009 26 74 29 71
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 old method . . . .
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 new method . . . .
Income level: 2nd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2012 . . . .
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2003 15 85 13 87
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2004 14 86 14 86
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2005 17 83 18 82
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2006 11 89 16 84
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2007 15 85 13 87
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2008 13 87 16 84
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2009 8 92 15 85
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 old method . . . .
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 new method . . 18 82
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2012 . . . .
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2003 25 75 24 76
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2004 17 83 20 80
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2005 25 75 18 82
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2006 16 84 28 72
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2007 17 83 15 85
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2008 19 81 12 88
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2009 20 80 20 80
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 old method . . . .
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 new method . . . .
Income level: 3rd 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2012 . . . .
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2003 11 89 9 91
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2004 10 90 12 88
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2005 10 90 10 90
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2006 10 90 10 90
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2007 14 86 16 84
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2008 11 89 11 89
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2009 4 96 9 91
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 old method . . . .
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2010 new method 15 85 12 88
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign western background 2012 . . . .
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2003 9 91 10 90
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2004 12 88 14 86
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2005 . . . .
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2006 9 91 18 82
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2007 . . . .
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2008 14 86 9 91
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2009 8 92 15 85
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 old method . . . .
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 new method . . . .
Income level: 4th 25%-group Origin: Foreign non-western background 2012 . . . .
Source: CBS.
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Table description


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 applicable.

Description topics

Happiness
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?’.

Happy
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?’.