© Hollandse Hoogte

Social Cohesion

Our society is constantly changing. But how do these changes affect your life? How satisfied are you with your life? And how is your contact with other people?
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) would like to get answers to these kinds of questions. That is why we are conducting the Social Cohesion (Sociale Samenhang) survey. With this survey we will collect figures on, for instance, contentment, social contacts, voluntary work and trust in the government. These figures help to make good decisions about our society.

To read the invitation letter in English, click on the following link: Invitation letter Social Cohesion (ENG).

How to participate?

Did you receive an invitation to participate in this survey? You can participate directly with your username and password from the Dutch letter you received. Click on: Social Cohesion. The questionnaire is in Dutch.

Do you want to know more first? Then read on.

Why this survey?

This survey aims to gain insight into volunteering, social contacts, leisure time, contentment, health and trust in politics. To collect data on these topics, we are asking a number of people to fill in a questionnaire. We would like you to help us. This way we collect important information. Information that will be used to make new decisions that will affect us all.

Why have I been selected?

Statistics Netherlands has randomly selected a number of people from the Personal Records Database/Basisregistratie Personen (BRP). The BRP contains the addresses and names of all the residents in the Netherlands. The addresses of the people we invite, are spread throughout the Netherlands. Not every resident can be involved in this survey. Your participation is therefore very important, you represent a large number of other people in the Netherlands.

Your information is safe

Statistics Netherlands handles your information with care. Your personal details will be separated from your answers. You can read how we handle your information on the web page: Privacy


By filling in the Social Cohesion (Sociale Samenhang) questionnaire, you can win one of 9 available iPads or VVV gift cards worth € 400,-. If you have responded online, you will see immediately at the end of the questionnaire whether you are the winner. If the interview was conducted by a CBS employee, he or she will let you know at the end of the interview whether you have won. You will be contacted soon after. The letter you received from CBS states until what date you can participate in this survey. Do you not want to receive an iPad or VVV gift cards? You can indicate this in the questionnaire.
The winners are selected at random. This means that no specific personal characteristics are taken into account. Do you want to know more about the general reward policy of Statistics Netherlands? Click on: Rewards.


Do you want to contact Statistics Netherlands? Please click on: CBS Contact Center.

A CBS employee at the door or on the phone?

Did a CBS employee visit or call you? You can find more information about this by clicking on: CBS will never just show up at your door.