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Dutch happy with their lot, says new report

THE NETHERLANDS. The economy is up, and so are the Dutch. A new report into social conditions in the Netherlands reveals that Dutch people continue to rate their lives at 7.8 out of 10.

Most people feel healthy, life expectancy is on the rise and people generally feel more safe, according to the report by the SCP Netherlands Institute for Social Research. The document, published today and comparing moods and trends in the country with developments since 2001, shows a generally positive trend. People’s high life satisfaction remains stable, 80% of the Dutch feel healthy and half exercise weekly, while crimes against people are down.


However, the report does show that there are some groups who do not share in this positivity, with about 4% of the population in a situation that is “objectively” seen as bad, and unhappy with their lives. People are also more likely to feel stressed in general.

In 2006 about 31% of people surveyed reported this sentiment, while in 2016 it was 43%. This pattern was seen in a study last week on Dutch teenagers, which found they were still among the most contented in the developed world but were suffering from increasing pressure at school.

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