An online survey of 2,000 adults in June and October has shown that on a scale of 0 to 10, the average Belgian rates themselves at 6.8. The study found that over a third of Belgians (35%) even rated their general happiness at the time of the survey at 8/10. The factors considered to be most critical to happiness are family life, health, financial situation and the freedom to make personal choices.
As far as age is concerned, the study also showed that “the younger generation (18-24 years old) and the over 65s are generally the happiest, or in any case feel they are.” As far as income and qualifications are concerned, “the highest-earning Belgians”, highly-educated and qualified people and independent workers also consider themselves to be happy.
The study is based on the answers given by a representative sample of 2,000 Belgians over the age of 18 and was conducted by InSites for AG Insurance. A 3% margin of error is was taken into account each measure, according to InSites.