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Both scientists and politicians increasingly emphasise the importance of well‐being as an indicator for economic performance, next to purely financial indicators such as national income and product accounts. There is an ongoing discussion about the most appropriate indicators to measure well‐being. In this paper we use the set of eight ‘life situation indicators’ used by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research, and concentrate on the regional dimension of well‐being, by comparing the spatial variation in well‐being in the Netherlands with the spatial patterns of the separate life situation indicators, that have been shown in this years' series of The Netherlands in Maps, in the successive issues of TESG's 2011 volume. We conclude that the highest levels of life satisfaction are reported for regions where the levels of good health and home ownership are high.

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Publication date: 2011-12-01

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