Nine out of ten adults in the Netherlands feel happy

Nine out of ten adults in the Netherlands feel happy

Approximately 9 in 10 adults in the Netherlands feel happy according to recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands. This applies in particular to people living together with a partner.

In the period 2008-2010, more than 80 percent of people without a partner stated they were happy versus 92 percent of persons living with a partner. The presence or absence of children is irrelevant if there is a partner, but single parents are more often happy (85 percent) than singles without children living at home (77 percent).

People in the age category 18-25 are on average just as happy with as without a partner. Adults older than 25 are happier with than without a partner. The difference is most obvious in the 45 to 65-year-old population: 21 percentage points. This is due to the fact that 45 to 65-year-olds without a partner are less often happy than their counterparts in other age categories.

The proportion of happy people is marginally lower among low-educated people than among people educated at secondary level or higher. For low-educated people, happiness in life is more closely related to having a partner than for individuals educated at secondary level and higher. The difference for lower educated people is more than 13 percentage points versus more than 10 percentage points for secondary and higher educated.

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