Wellbeing; social relations, 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 various characteristics of social connections and relations, that is frequency of contact with family, friends and neighbours, social trust, household composition and rendering unofficial aid. 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) and the Social Cohesion and Well-being survey (SocSam, 2010 new method, 2012).

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.

Wellbeing; social relations, 2003-2012

Social relations Personal characteristics Periods HappinessNot happy (%) HappinessHappy (%) Satisfaction with lifeNot satisfied with life (%) Satisfaction with lifeSatisfied with life (%)
Total social contacts and relations Total population 2010 new method 16 84 15 85
Total social contacts and relations Total population 2012 17 83 17 83
Contact with family:At least once a week Total population 2010 new method 15 85 14 86
Contact with family:At least once a week Total population 2012 15 85 15 85
Contact with family: twice a month Total population 2010 new method 23 77 21 79
Contact with family: twice a month Total population 2012 - - - -
Contact with family: once a month Total population 2010 new method 19 81 17 83
Contact with family: once a month Total population 2012 21 79 24 76
Less than once a month Total population 2010 new method . . . .
Less than once a month Total population 2012 . . . .
Contact with family: rarely / never Total population 2010 new method . . . .
Contact with family: rarely / never Total population 2012 . . . .
At least once a week Total population 2010 new method 15 85 14 86
At least once a week Total population 2012 15 85 16 84
Contact with friends: twice a month Total population 2010 new method 18 82 16 84
Contact with friends: twice a month Total population 2012 - - - -
Contact with friends: once a month Total population 2010 new method 21 79 19 81
Contact with friends: once a month Total population 2012 18 82 18 82
Less than once a month Total population 2010 new method 20 80 22 78
Less than once a month Total population 2012 . . . .
Contact with friends: rarely / never Total population 2010 new method 36 64 32 68
Contact with friends: rarely / never Total population 2012 . . . .
Contact neighbours: At least once a week Total population 2010 new method 14 86 13 87
Contact neighbours: At least once a week Total population 2012 14 86 14 86
Contact with neighbours: twice a month Total population 2010 new method 18 82 15 85
Contact with neighbours: twice a month Total population 2012 - - - -
Contact with neighbours: once a month Total population 2010 new method 17 83 17 82
Contact with neighbours: once a month Total population 2012 16 84 18 82
Less than once a month Total population 2010 new method 22 78 20 80
Less than once a month Total population 2012 17 83 19 81
Contact with neighbours: rarely / never Total population 2010 new method 27 73 26 74
Contact with neighbours: rarely / never Total population 2012 32 68 29 71
Social trust: no Total population 2010 new method 22 78 20 80
Social trust: no Total population 2012 22 78 23 77
Social trust: yes Total population 2010 new method 13 87 12 88
Social trust: yes Total population 2012 12 88 13 87
Household: one-person households Total population 2010 new method 27 73 25 75
Household: one-person households Total population 2012 27 73 27 73
Household: couple without children Total population 2010 new method 13 87 12 88
Household: couple without children Total population 2012 14 86 14 86
Household: couple with children Total population 2010 new method 12 88 12 88
Household: couple with children Total population 2012 12 88 12 88
Household: single parent Total population 2010 new method 30 70 26 74
Household: single parent Total population 2012 25 75 28 72
Household: other households Total population 2010 new method . . . .
Household: other households Total population 2012 . . . .
Unofficial aid: no Total population 2010 new method 17 83 16 84
Unofficial aid: no Total population 2012 18 82 18 82
Unofficial aid: yes Total population 2010 new method 15 85 14 86
Unofficial aid: yes Total population 2012 14 86 14 86
Source: CBS.
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