Wellbeing; social relations, 2003-2012

Wellbeing; social relations, 2003-2012

Social relations Personal characteristics Periods Happiness Not happy (%) Happiness Happy (%) Satisfaction with life Not satisfied with life (%) Satisfaction with life Satisfied with life (%)
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2003 17 83 16 84
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2004 14 86 16 84
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2005 17 83 15 85
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2006 13 87 16 84
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2007 15 85 16 84
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2008 15 85 15 85
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2009 12 88 17 83
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2010 old method 15 85 18 82
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2010 new method 19 81 18 82
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Western foreign background 2012 19 81 21 79
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2003 28 72 25 75
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2004 28 72 27 73
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2005 28 72 27 73
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2006 22 78 28 72
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2007 25 75 19 81
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2008 23 77 19 81
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2009 22 78 24 76
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 old method 23 77 22 78
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 new method 26 74 20 80
Total social contacts and relations Origin: Non-western foreign background 2012 23 77 25 75
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2003 15 85 14 86
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2004 12 88 13 87
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2005 14 86 14 86
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2006 11 89 13 87
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2007 14 86 15 85
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2008 14 86 14 86
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2009 11 89 16 84
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2010 old method 14 86 17 83
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2010 new method 19 81 17 83
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Western foreign background 2012 16 84 17 83
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2003 24 76 24 76
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2004 25 75 25 75
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2005 26 74 25 75
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2006 21 79 27 73
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2007 24 76 18 82
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2008 20 80 18 82
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2009 20 80 22 78
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 old method 22 78 23 77
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 new method 20 80 16 84
Contact with family:At least once a week Origin: Non-western foreign background 2012 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2003 20 80 16 84
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2004 16 84 19 81
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2005 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2006 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2007 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2008 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2009 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2010 old method . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2010 new method . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Western foreign background 2012 - - - -
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2003 38 62 23 77
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2004 25 75 21 79
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2005 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2006 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2007 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2008 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2009 . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 old method . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 new method . . . .
Contact with family: twice a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2012 - - - -
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2003 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2004 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2005 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2006 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2007 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2008 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2009 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2010 old method . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2010 new method . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2012 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2003 27 73 21 79
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2004 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2005 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2006 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2007 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2008 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2009 . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 old method . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 new method . . . .
Contact with family: once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2012 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2003 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2004 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2005 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2006 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2007 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2008 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2009 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2010 old method . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2010 new method . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Western foreign background 2012 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2003 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2004 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2005 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2006 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2007 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2008 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2009 . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 old method . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign background 2010 new method . . . .
Less than once a month Origin: Non-western foreign 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 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.

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?’.