Wellbeing; economic risks, 2003-2012


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 several indicators of economic risk, that is economic self-reliance, financial independence and employment. The data are also broken down by personal characteristics such as 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. Furthermore, for 2010 based on the old method statistics about employment have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Not applicable.

Wellbeing; economic risks, 2003-2012

Economic risks Personal characteristics Periods HappinessNot happy (%) HappinessHappy (%) Satisfaction with lifeNot satisfied with life (%) Satisfaction with lifeSatisfied with life (%)
Total of economic risks Total population 2010 new method 16 84 15 85
Total of economic risks Total population 2012 17 83 17 83
Total of economic risks Gender: male 2010 new method 14 86 15 85
Total of economic risks Gender: male 2012 18 82 17 83
Total of economic risks Gender: female 2010 new method 18 82 16 84
Total of economic risks Gender: female 2012 16 84 17 83
Economic self-reliance: no Total population 2010 new method 21 79 19 81
Economic self-reliance: no Total population 2012 21 79 21 79
Economic self-reliance: no Gender: male 2010 new method 20 80 20 80
Economic self-reliance: no Gender: male 2012 24 76 23 77
Economic self-reliance: no Gender: female 2010 new method 21 79 18 82
Economic self-reliance: no Gender: female 2012 18 82 19 81
Economic self-reliance: yes Total population 2010 new method 12 88 12 88
Economic self-reliance: yes Total population 2012 13 87 14 86
Economic self-reliance: yes Gender: male 2010 new method 11 89 11 89
Economic self-reliance: yes Gender: male 2012 13 87 14 86
Economic self-reliance: yes Gender: female 2010 new method 14 86 13 87
Economic self-reliance: yes Gender: female 2012 12 88 13 87
Financial independence: no Total population 2010 new method 19 81 18 82
Financial independence: no Total population 2012 20 80 21 79
Financial independence: no Gender: male 2010 new method 20 80 22 78
Financial independence: no Gender: male 2012 24 76 26 74
Financial independence: no Gender: female 2010 new method 19 81 17 83
Financial independence: no Gender: female 2012 18 82 19 81
Financial independence: yes Total population 2010 new method 15 85 14 86
Financial independence: yes Total population 2012 15 85 15 85
Financial independence: yes Gender: male 2010 new method 13 87 13 87
Financial independence: yes Gender: male 2012 16 84 15 85
Financial independence: yes Gender: female 2010 new method 18 82 15 85
Financial independence: yes Gender: female 2012 14 86 14 86
Employment: full-time Total population 2010 new method 10 90 9 91
Employment: full-time Total population 2012 . . . .
Employment: full-time Gender: male 2010 new method 9 91 9 91
Employment: full-time Gender: male 2012 . . . .
Employment: full-time Gender: female 2010 new method 15 85 12 88
Employment: full-time Gender: female 2012 . . . .
Employment: part-time Total population 2010 new method 12 88 12 88
Employment: part-time Total population 2012 . . . .
Employment: part-time Gender: male 2010 new method 12 88 14 86
Employment: part-time Gender: male 2012 . . . .
Employment: part-time Gender: female 2010 new method 12 88 12 88
Employment: part-time Gender: female 2012 . . . .
Employment: flexible Total population 2010 new method 20 80 18 82
Employment: flexible Total population 2012 . . . .
Employment: flexible Gender: male 2010 new method 21 79 20 80
Employment: flexible Gender: male 2012 . . . .
Employment: flexible Gender: female 2010 new method 18 82 16 84
Employment: flexible Gender: female 2012 . . . .
Source: CBS.
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