This table contains information on the personal wellbeing of the Dutch population aged 20 years and older, from private households, in terms of happiness and satisfaction with life. These subjects are broken down by various life events, that is changes in marital status (single, widowed, divorced, married/partnership) and employment situation (disability, unemployment or social security benefit, employed and retired). The share of the population who are happy and satisfied is presented for the total population and broken down by age and gender. In addition, these figures are available for different moments before and after the life event. In this way, experienced wellbeing before or after a change in marital status or employment situation can be examined,
Data available from 1998 to 2009; displayed figures are average numbers over these years.
Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are definite.
Changes per February 1st 2019:
None, this table is final.
When will new figures be published?
|Change of life event||Happy personsBefore life event8 years or more before (%)||Happy personsBefore life event4 to 5 years before (%)||Happy personsBefore life event3 to 4 years before (%)||Happy personsBefore life event2 to 3 years before (%)||Happy personsBefore life event1 to 2 years before (%)||Happy personsBefore life event0 to 1 year before (%)||Happy personsAfter life event0 to 1 year after (%)||Happy personsAfter life event1 to 2 years after (%)||Happy personsAfter life event2 to 3 years after (%)||Happy personsAfter life event3 to 4 years after (%)||Happy personsAfter life event4 to 5 years after (%)||Happy personsAfter life event8 years or more after (%)|
|No change in marital status||88.0||88.1||88.1||88.0||88.0||87.9||88.0||88.0||88.0||87.9||87.9||87.9|
|New status: married or partnership||90.2||89.7||89.9||90.9||91.4||93.9||94.3||93.9||93.7||92.3||93.4||89.4|
|New status: widowed||89.3||88.6||88.5||85.9||85.8||69.0||46.6||60.0||63.1||65.5||72.6||.|
|New status: divorced||91.0||85.4||83.8||86.7||83.4||74.0||67.3||74.7||75.6||77.7||83.1||83.6|
|No change in employment situation||87.9||87.9||87.9||87.9||88.0||87.9||87.9||87.9||87.9||87.9||87.9||87.9|
|New status: employed||84.9||85.7||84.8||85.9||85.7||84.9||88.7||88.6||89.2||88.6||87.8||90.1|
|New status: disabled||81.4||80.3||82.4||78.1||78.9||60.6||75.5||71.8||76.0||76.6||76.0||74.8|
|New status: unemployed||86.7||84.6||82.3||82.8||78.9||82.0||86.0||85.2||84.3||79.0||81.0||78.9|
|New status: social security||52.9||70.9||72.1||67.2||67.2||61.4||69.7||60.1||65.8||62.4||61.5||65.5|
|New status: retired||88.8||88.2||86.1||88.3||86.0||84.9||89.0||89.0||86.9||87.0||87.5||88.0|