Wellbeing; participation and trust, 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 participation and institutional trust, i.e. participation in club activities, church attendance, participation in political activities, doing volunteer work, trust in the House of Representatives, the police and the judiciary. 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; participation and trust, 2003-2012

Participation and trust Personal characteristics Periods HappinessNot happy (%) HappinessHappy (%) Satisfaction with lifeNot satisfied with life (%) Satisfaction with lifeSatisfied with life (%)
Total participation and trust Total population 2010 new method 16 84 15 85
Total participation and trust Total population 2012 17 83 17 83
Club participation: no Total population 2010 new method 18 82 17 83
Club participation: no Total population 2012 20 80 21 79
Club participation: yes Total population 2010 new method 13 87 12 88
Club participation: yes Total population 2012 13 87 12 88
Church attendance: at least once a week Total population 2010 new method 13 87 12 88
Church attendance: at least once a week Total population 2012 12 88 13 87
Church attendance: twice or three times Total population 2010 new method 17 83 18 82
Church attendance: twice or three times Total population 2012 . . . .
Church attendance: once a month Total population 2010 new method 15 85 13 87
Church attendance: once a month Total population 2012 . . . .
Church attendance:less than once a month Total population 2010 new method 14 86 10 90
Church attendance:less than once a month Total population 2012 11 89 12 88
Church attendance: rarely or never Total population 2010 new method 17 83 16 84
Church attendance: rarely or never Total population 2012 18 82 18 82
Political activities: no Total population 2010 new method 17 83 15 85
Political activities: no Total population 2012 16 84 16 84
Political activities: yes Total population 2010 new method 15 85 15 85
Political activities: yes Total population 2012 17 83 18 82
Volunteer work: no Total population 2010 new method 19 81 18 82
Volunteer work: no Total population 2012 21 79 21 79
Volunteer work: yes Total population 2010 new method 13 87 12 88
Volunteer work: yes Total population 2012 12 88 13 87
Trust in House of Representatives: no Total population 2010 new method 19 81 18 82
Trust in House of Representatives: no Total population 2012 19 81 20 80
Trust in House of Representatives: yes Total population 2010 new method 12 88 12 88
Trust in House of Representatives: yes Total population 2012 11 89 12 88
Trust in the police: no Total population 2010 new method 21 79 19 81
Trust in the police: no Total population 2012 24 76 24 76
Trust in the police: yes Total population 2010 new method 14 86 14 86
Trust in the police: yes Total population 2012 13 87 14 86
Trust in judges: no Total population 2010 new method 20 80 18 82
Trust in judges: no Total population 2012 20 80 20 80
Trust in judges: yes Total population 2010 new method 14 86 14 86
Trust in judges: yes Total population 2012 15 85 16 84
Source: CBS.
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