Are you happy in the Netherlands?

Hello everyone!

According to the 2016 UN World Happiness Survey, Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland are the happiest countries on earth.

How about you? Are you happy in the Netherlands? Do you feel happier today in your host country than before in your home country? What has contributed to the change?

In your opinion, are locals in the Netherlands happy? How can you tell?

Please share your experience!

Ha! I was *miserable* when I lived in Switzerland! I lived in Geneva. The city felt soulless, a banking capital where everyone left at the weekends and during the summer holidays and over Christmas. If you didn't ski, and didn't eat cheese, and didn't socialise with your work colleagues, there was very little social contact you could have. And I was a freelancer who worked in-company, around the city. I barely saw my colleagues. In Geneva, people barely smile on the street. People are polite, and the quality of life is good, but making social connections is *very* hard. If you don't start a family, you aren't a ski nut, or a workaholic, there is just NO reason for you to stay, if you like socialising.

I will say that Geneva has truly beautiful scenery, and fantastic food, and wonderful weather. For introverts who truly value their privacy and solitude, it is a wonderful place to live. For everyone else... Well, the suicide rate is surprisingly high in Switzerland, and I chalk it up to just how difficult it is to make social connections, unless it's through school/university/work. You can't even connect to people through your own friends. Friends of friends will pretty much *never* become *your* friend.

I was moderately happy when I lived in the UK (not so happy when I lived in London, as it's difficult to maintain friendships because of the sheer size of the city).

I'm very happy now living in the Netherlands. People smile, it's easy to meet people, and people are usually very direct about saying yes or no. The wages aren't so high compared to Switzerland, but given the nightlife and the friendliness, me and my husband were extremely happy to move to Amsterdam despite the 30% cut in wages.

Not at All....Too Many Fake people.

I just downloaded the report (Google it); interesting to see that Holland is 7th in the table, but is trending down (slightly).  The UK, where I really come from, is 23rd, also trending down.  The report grades things based on six factors:

GDP per capita,
Healthy years of life expectancy,
Social support,
Trust (measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government/business, Perceived freedom to make life decisions,

Myself - Holland intrigued me when I first visited (when I think back, it seemed like home).  Mrs C is Dutch, I've virtually lived there from 1984 in so much as it's where I went whenever I wasn't working somewhere else in the world.  I speak the language (badly), our daughter has moved back there and it will be where we live when I finish working.

It's had its moments (good and bad), but I've never been unhappy there; I can see the attraction to people seeking a better life, but it's not easy to get in and those trying from outside Schengen and the EFTA, get frustrated by the red-tape (Holland likes having rules for everything).  Once you get there, the tax-system is frustrating for the first year; apart from that, it's great.

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