Wellbeing; environment and surroundings, 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 urbanisation. 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 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; environment and surroundings, 2003-2012

Urbanisation Personal characteristics Periods HappinessNot happy (%) HappinessHappy (%) Satisfaction with lifeNot satisfied with life (%) Satisfaction with lifeSatisfied with life (%)
Total environment and surroundings Total population 2010 new method 16 84 15 85
Total environment and surroundings Total population 2012 17 83 17 83
Urbanisation: extremely urbanised Total population 2010 new method 19 81 19 81
Urbanisation: extremely urbanised Total population 2012 17 83 22 78
Urbanisation: strongly urbanised Total population 2010 new method 16 84 16 84
Urbanisation: strongly urbanised Total population 2012 19 81 18 82
Urbanisation: moderately urbanised Total population 2010 new method 15 85 14 86
Urbanisation: moderately urbanised Total population 2012 16 84 14 86
Urbanisation: hardly urbanised Total population 2010 new method 14 86 13 87
Urbanisation: hardly urbanised Total population 2012 15 85 17 83
Urbanisation: not urbanised Total population 2010 new method 16 84 15 85
Urbanisation: not urbanised Total population 2012 15 85 13 87
Source: CBS.
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