Wellbeing; health and lifestyle, 2003-2012

Wellbeing; health and lifestyle, 2003-2012

Health and lifestyle Personal characteristics Periods Happiness Not happy (%) Happiness Happy (%) Satisfaction with life Not satisfied with life (%) Satisfaction with life Satisfied with life (%)
Total health Total population 2010 new method 16 84 15 85
Total health Total population 2012 17 83 17 83
Experienced health: very good Total population 2010 new method 8 92 6 94
Experienced health: very good Total population 2012 5 95 7 93
Experienced health: good Total population 2010 new method 12 88 12 88
Experienced health: good Total population 2012 12 88 12 88
Experienced health: less than good Total population 2010 new method 33 67 32 68
Experienced health: less than good Total population 2012 39 61 38 62
Smoking: no Total population 2010 new method 14 86 13 87
Smoking: no Total population 2012 . . . .
Smoking: yes Total population 2010 new method 20 80 21 79
Smoking: yes Total population 2012 . . . .
Alcohol consumption: no Total population 2010 new method 24 76 20 80
Alcohol consumption: no Total population 2012 . . . .
Alcohol consumption: moderate drinker Total population 2010 new method 14 86 12 88
Alcohol consumption: moderate drinker Total population 2012 . . . .
Alcohol consumption: heavy drinker Total population 2010 new method 18 82 19 81
Alcohol consumption: heavy drinker Total population 2012 . . . .
Weight: underweight Total population 2010 new method 21 79 16 84
Weight: underweight Total population 2012 . . . .
Weight: healthy weight Total population 2010 new method 14 86 14 86
Weight: healthy weight Total population 2012 . . . .
Weight: overweight Total population 2010 new method 16 84 15 85
Weight: overweight Total population 2012 . . . .
Weight: seriously overweight Total population 2010 new method 21 79 20 80
Weight: seriously overweight Total population 2012 . . . .
Exercise: does not comply with norm Total population 2010 new method . . . .
Exercise: does not comply with norm Total population 2012 . . . .
Exercise: complies with norm Total population 2010 new method . . . .
Exercise: complies with norm Total population 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 health and lifestyle, that is experienced health, smoking, alcohol consumption, (over)weight and physical exercise. 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 who responded ‘fairly satisfied’ or ‘not very satisfied’ to the question ‘To what extent 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 extent are you satisfied with the life you’re currently living?’.