Nine out of 10 Dutch are happy

An overwhelming majority of the Dutch feel happy, according to research involving 7,000 people carried out by the Trimbos Institute.

Asked how often they had felt happy in the previous four weeks, 89% said ‘often or more’. Asked to give their life marks out of 10, most give it 7.5 or eight, researcher Ad Bergsma told news agency ANP.
People who take anti-depressants also consider themselves to be happy, the research shows.
‘One million people in the Netherlands may take anti-depressants but the idea that we are not a happy nation is just not true,’ Bergsma said.
Earlier stories
Dutch were happiest after World Cup semi final
Nine out of 10 adults happy with their lives
Dutch have 60 happy years

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation