Findings on happiness in VanBeuningen & Kloosterman (2011): study NL 2009

Author(s)VanBeuningen, J.; Kloosterman, R.
TitleSubjectief Welzijn: Welke Factoren spelen een Rol? (Subjective Well-Being, Which Factores are Important?)
SourceBevolkingstrends, 4e kwartaal 2011, Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS), Netherlands
Publicaged 18+, Netherlands, 2009
Survey nameNL-POLS 2009
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =6878
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: To what extent do you think of yourself as a happy person? 5 very happy 4 happy 3 neither happy nor unhappy 2 unhappy 1 very unhappy - don't know
Author's labelgeluk
Page in publication86
Remarks89% happy (5+4)
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with the life you currently lead? 5 extraordinary satisfied 4 very satisfied 3 satisfied 2 fairly satisfied 1 not very satisfied
Author's labellevenstevredenheid
Page in publication86
Remarks87% satisfied (5,4,3)
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Confidence in parliamentN11ab31bTrust in institutions in nation
Contact with familyF03ab02Contacts with relatives
Contact with friendsF06acCurrent contacts with friends
Feelings of unsafetyM15ac11Feeling secure (vs threatened)
Financial independencyI01ac01`objective` poverty
Having children living at homeC03ab02Children in the household
Having partnerM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
HolidayC10ab03gaHoliday travel
Household income per yearI01ab03Household income
Participation in clubsS07ac02Satisfaction with organizational participation
Pleasant relationship in neighborhoodL17ab01Local social cohesion
ScholingE01ab02Level of school-education
Self-percieved healthH14ab02Self-perceived health
SexeG01aaSex (male vs female)
Social economic categoryE02abCurrent employment status
Social economic categoryS01ac01aInvolved in schooling or not, also classified as above ↑
Social economic categoryI01ad03bPension, also classified as above ↑
Social economic categoryE02ae03Self employed, also classified as above ↑
Social economic categoryI01ad03cWelfare, also classified as above ↑
UrbanityL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling