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Being Dutch - The Road to Happiness


According to the UN World Happiness Report, the Dutch have been ranked as the fifth happiest nation, and the stats are even more pleasing for the children well being ranked as Dutch children are ranked first.

The survey from the UN consisted of 156 countries where the citizens of these countries were evaluated for their happiness levels. The Dutch stand fifth in the list and this is their best ranking ever whereas Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway grabbed the first four spots. Moreover, South Sudan stood last in the ranking.

This report is an excellent depiction of the fact that the Netherlands is one of the best places to live and work. Moreover, the Netherlands is also considered as the world's most connected country. To add icing to the cake, Amsterdam, the capital, has been ranked the greenest capital in Europe, and that is because of its eco-friendly and life improvement policies.

Well, the report this year mainly focused on the community and its happiness and how happiness evolved in the past 12 years. Moreover, the report also highlighted the effects of government policies, technology, social norms, and conflicts.

A Better Place for Business

The survey conducted for happiness levels mainly focused on six different features that contribute to the overall well being, such as freedom, trust, life expectancy, income, social support, and generosity. Apart from emotional wellbeing, the countries that secured top ten spots did well in these above-mentioned sections.

This survey report is a clear motivating factor for those entrepreneurs who wish to invest or start a business in the Netherlands. Those who want to start their businesses can easily get the work permit from the Dutch government. Moreover, this survey report will help the current entrepreneurs to retain and attract global talent.

It is obvious that highly skilled professionals from all over the world will find attraction in having a high-quality life in the Netherlands. This report can help companies to fill in the vacant positions by attracting talented workers and reduce the labour shortage. Also, the influx of new skilled professional will boost the economy because of their contributions to different fields.

Netherlands and Wellbeing of Children

The Dutch children are the happiest in the world, says UN. UNICEF, an organization, works under UN, ranked the Dutch children as the happiest in the world. The study focused on different dimensions related to child well being such as safety, health, housing, environment, behaviour, education, and mental and subjective wellbeing.

A child’s relationship with his/her parents is one of the most important factors in child well being and Dutch children are very close to their parents, especially their mothers.

According to the report, Dutch children find it easier to talk to their parents. Parenting in the Netherlands has been a blend of traditional parenting approach and modern cultural approach which empowers children. This blended culture not only brings happiness, but it also enables children to realize their place and worth.

Dutch children are always confident about discussing everything with their parents. Similarly, the parents are equally responsive towards their children's needs and start grooming them from a very early age. Parents are very supportive of their children's opinions and ideas and help them to become productive and innovative teenagers. Self-esteem and self-belief are two common virtues you will find in every Dutch child.

Nothing Comes Before Family in Netherlands

Family is one of the most important pillars in Dutch society. Parents and children always prioritize spending time with each other. The best thing about Dutch family culture is equal parenting efforts from mothers and fathers. There is a famous event “papadag” or “daddy day” in Dutch culture where fathers take a day off from work and spend the whole day with their children.

Similarly, mothers play an equally important role in their children's upbringing. Dutch parents give sufficient time to their children, and they are considered as one of the happiest parents in the world. Well, that is obvious because only happy parents can raise happy children. Researchers have also agreed that happy parents are vital for raising happy children.

One of the best things about Dutch parenting is that parents consider their children as separate individuals with a different identity and respect their ambitions. Dutch parents do not promote suppressive or enforced parenting. They help their children in identifying their strengths and goals rather than judging them for their grades.

It is doubtless that Dutch parents want their children to succeed at every stage of life, but they don't force or pressurize their children for anything. Dutch parents believe that a child learns more through self-exploration; they let them set their targets and identify their limitations/boundaries.

The education system in the Netherlands doesn't "traumatize" the children with unnecessary homework. Children get enough time for sports or other healthy activities after school.

The Dutch Culture promotes freedom of speech, religion, and the liberty of express sexuality with all the confidence. They say Dutch speak their minds and it is absolutely true.

Furthermore, getting on two wheels is one of the favourite hobbies of Dutch. They love cycling, and so does their children because it is totally safe. Kids have all the freedom for cycling, playing different sports, or visiting their friends. This freedom gives them self confidence and develops trust between them and their parents. When a child has freedom, why wouldn't he or she be happy?

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