Study shows where happiest and unhappiest people live in the Netherlands

30 May 2017, by

According to a recent study, the happiest people in the Netherlands live in Ede, a city situated between Arnhem and Utrecht.

The happiest cities

All municipalities took part in a study called the Atlas for Municipalities. Of the 50 largest municipalities, Ede scored the highest with 89 percent of its people claiming to be happy, whilst people in Rotterdam were found to be less happy. 

It found that people in Ede were the happiest because most residents of the city had work, were healthy, and lived in a safe, pleasant environment surrounded by lots of space.

The runners up included Alphen aan den Rijn in second place and Amstelveen in third.

Overall trend

On average, the study showed that 87 percent of the Dutch population consider themselves to be happy. It showed that residents of cities and towns are generally less happy than those living in villages.

Happy municipalities are generally municipalities with an attractive living environment where many healthy and working people live.

Unhappy municipalities are generally more densely populated with residents who are disabled or unemployed and/or come from a migrant background.

For example, the average number of people who were found to be happy in cities was 85 percent, whereas non-urban municipalities were only slightly higher with 89 percent.

Happy people

The happiest 10 major city councils

Here are 10 of the most happy places in the Netherlands:
1. Ede
2. Alphen aan den Rijn
3. Amstelveen
4. Amersfoort
5. Gouda
6. Velsen
7. Apeldoorn
8. Nissewaard
9. Haarlemmermeer
10. Deventer

The least happy 10 major city councils

Here are 10 of the least happy places in the Netherlands:
1. Rotterdam
2. Amsterdam
3. Arnhem
4. The Hague
5. Sittard-Geleen
6. Heerlen
7. Maastricht
8. Groningen
9. Nijmegen
10. Lelystad

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Comments arranged by date (Total 3 comments)  
May 30 2017, 10:06AM

Im not surprised Rotterdam is up there with its high immigrant population. Being one myself, I totally understand where they are coming from. However I live in the randstad now and I feel much happier than when i lived in Groningen because the people there didnt really seem to ahve much empathy towards buitenlanders.

May 31 2017, 04:55AM

Empathy! don't even think about it. Don't expect one, it's not part of the culture. Accept that reality and you will be fine and if you get one, it can't be genuine. Amy.

May 31 2017, 04:47AM

While I see the boom in tourism with floods of tourist as a sign of booming economy & a sign of love/popularity the rest of the world has for the country to come & visit, I was chocked about the reaction of some locals who sees that as a contributing factor to their unhappiness. Some countries like Dubai have to invest a lot on tourism. Maybe the government needs to spend more to educates its locals about its benefit to increase the level of happiness among the locals for them to embrace the positive aspect of tourism.

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