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 (%)
Holidays: none Total population 2003 22 78 22 78
Holidays: none Total population 2004 22 78 21 79
Holidays: none Total population 2005 23 77 22 78
Holidays: none Total population 2006 21 79 22 78
Holidays: none Total population 2007 22 78 22 78
Holidays: none Total population 2008 22 78 23 77
Holidays: none Total population 2009 22 78 23 77
Holidays: none Total population 2010 old method 24 76 23 77
Holidays: none Total population 2010 new method 28 72 26 74
Holidays: none Total population 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Gender: male 2003 20 80 20 80
Holidays: none Gender: male 2004 21 79 21 79
Holidays: none Gender: male 2005 21 79 22 78
Holidays: none Gender: male 2006 19 81 22 78
Holidays: none Gender: male 2007 22 78 22 78
Holidays: none Gender: male 2008 23 77 22 78
Holidays: none Gender: male 2009 20 80 23 77
Holidays: none Gender: male 2010 old method 20 80 23 77
Holidays: none Gender: male 2010 new method 25 75 26 74
Holidays: none Gender: male 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Gender: female 2003 23 77 24 76
Holidays: none Gender: female 2004 24 76 21 79
Holidays: none Gender: female 2005 25 75 23 77
Holidays: none Gender: female 2006 22 78 21 79
Holidays: none Gender: female 2007 23 77 22 78
Holidays: none Gender: female 2008 21 79 23 77
Holidays: none Gender: female 2009 24 76 23 77
Holidays: none Gender: female 2010 old method 29 71 23 77
Holidays: none Gender: female 2010 new method 31 69 26 74
Holidays: none Gender: female 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2003 16 84 19 81
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2004 17 83 20 80
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2005 19 81 23 77
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2006 15 85 19 81
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2007 17 83 19 81
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2008 15 85 19 81
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2009 18 82 21 79
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2010 old method 16 84 18 82
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2010 new method 24 76 25 75
Holidays: none Age: 18 to 35 years 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2003 25 75 29 71
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2004 25 75 26 74
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2005 23 77 25 75
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2006 21 79 24 76
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2007 23 77 24 76
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2008 24 76 26 74
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2009 23 77 27 73
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2010 old method 21 79 27 73
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2010 new method 29 71 30 70
Holidays: none Age: 35 to 50 years 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2003 21 79 21 79
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2004 23 77 22 78
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2005 26 74 26 74
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2006 25 75 27 73
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2007 26 74 24 76
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2008 28 72 28 72
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2009 23 77 24 76
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2010 old method 27 73 28 72
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2010 new method 31 69 29 71
Holidays: none Age: 50 to 65 years 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2003 25 75 21 79
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2004 24 76 18 82
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2005 23 77 17 83
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2006 22 78 18 82
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2007 23 77 20 80
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2008 21 79 18 82
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2009 24 76 20 80
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2010 old method 30 70 21 79
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2010 new method 28 72 21 79
Holidays: none Age: 65 years or older 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2003 19 81 20 80
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2004 20 80 19 80
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2005 19 81 20 80
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2006 18 82 19 81
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2007 20 80 20 80
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2008 20 80 21 79
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2009 20 80 20 80
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2010 old method 23 77 21 79
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2010 new method 27 73 25 75
Holidays: none Origin: Native Dutch background 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2003 27 73 26 74
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2004 25 75 23 77
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2005 31 69 23 77
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2006 24 76 27 73
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2007 24 76 27 73
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2008 27 73 32 68
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2009 21 79 26 74
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2010 old method . . . .
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2010 new method . . . .
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign western background 2012 . . . .
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2003 35 65 33 67
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2004 38 62 36 64
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2005 41 59 37 63
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2006 32 68 35 65
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2007 35 65 29 71
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2008 30 70 26 74
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2009 37 63 36 64
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 old method . . . .
Holidays: none Origin: Foreign non-western background 2010 new method 36 64 30 70
Holidays: none 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?’.