|Education and labour||Periods||Happiness Not happy (%)||Happiness Happy (%)||Satisfaction with life Not satisfied with life (%)||Satisfaction with life Satisfied with life (%)|
|Total||2010 new method||16||84||15||85|
|Education level: primary||2010 new method||23||77||21||79|
|Education level: primary||2012||28||72||27||73|
|Education level: junior secondary||2010 new method||17||83||16||84|
|Education level: junior secondary||2012||19||81||20||80|
|Education level: senior secondary||2010 new method||15||85||15||85|
|Education level: senior secondary||2012||15||85||15||85|
|Education level: tertiary||2010 new method||12||88||11||89|
|Education level: tertiary||2012||13||87||15||85|
|1. Employed||2010 new method||12||88||12||88|
|1.1 Employee of private company||2010 new method||13||87||13||87|
|1.1 Employee of private company||2012||14||85||16||84|
|1.2 Government employee||2010 new method||12||88||11||89|
|1.2 Government employee||2012||11||89||11||89|
|1.3 Director or large shareholder||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|1.3 Director or large shareholder||2012||.||.||.||.|
|1.4 Self-employed||2010 new method||11||89||13||87|
|1.5 Employed, other||2010 new method||14||86||10||90|
|1.5 Employed, other||2012||.||.||.||.|
|2. Unemployed||2010 new method||23||77||20||80|
|2.1 Claiming unemployment benefit||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|2.1 Claiming unemployment benefit||2012||.||.||.||.|
|2.2 Claiming income support benefit||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|2.2 Claiming income support benefit||2012||.||.||.||.|
|2.3 Claiming other social provision||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|2.3 Claiming other social provision||2012||.||.||.||.|
|2.4 Disabled||2010 new method||38||62||44||56|
|2.5 Pensioner younger than 65 years||2010 new method||15||85||12||88|
|2.5 Pensioner younger than 65 years||2012||.||.||.||.|
|2.6 Pensioner 65 years or older||2010 new method||20||80||16||84|
|2.6 Pensioner 65 years or older||2012||18||82||15||85|
|2.7 Unemployed, other||2010 new method||15||85||13||87|
|2.7 Unemployed, other||2012||9||91||12||88|
|3. Without income||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|3. Without income||2012||.||.||.||.|
|1. Income from labour||2010 new method||13||87||13||87|
|1. Income from labour||2012||15||85||15||85|
|1.1 Wage of employee||2010 new method||13||87||13||87|
|1.1 Wage of employee||2012||16||84||16||84|
|1.2 Wage of government employee||2010 new method||13||87||12||88|
|1.2 Wage of government employee||2012||13||87||14||86|
|1.3 Other income from labour||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|1.3 Other income from labour||2012||.||.||.||.|
|2. Income from own enterprise||2010 new method||12||88||12||88|
|2. Income from own enterprise||2012||13||87||12||88|
|3. Income from transfers||2010 new method||24||76||21||79|
|3. Income from transfers||2012||23||78||22||78|
|3.1 Income from income insurance||2010 new method||22||78||19||81|
|3.1 Income from income insurance||2012||21||79||19||81|
|3.1.1. Unemployment benefit||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|3.1.1. Unemployment benefit||2012||.||.||.||.|
|3.1.2 Sickness/disability benefit||2010 new method||36||64||43||57|
|3.1.2 Sickness/disability benefit||2012||.||.||.||.|
|3.1.3 Pension/survivors benefits||2010 new method||19||81||15||85|
|3.1.3 Pension/survivors benefits||2012||17||83||16||84|
|3.2 Social provisions benefit||2010 new method||43||57||40||60|
|3.2 Social provisions benefit||2012||.||.||.||.|
|3.2.1 Income support benefit||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|3.2.1 Income support benefit||2012||.||.||.||.|
|3.2.2 Social provisions, other||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|3.2.2 Social provisions, other||2012||.||.||.||.|
|3.3 Other income from transfers||2010 new method||.||.||.||.|
|3.3 Other income from transfers||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 the highest completed level of education and a number of labour-related characteristics, that is socio-economic category and main source of income for the household. 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 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?’.