An important measure for social cohesion, aside from participation in society, is people’s trust in society. Within the European Union, the Netherlands scores high on levels of trust, in other people as well as in social and political institutions. What are trust levels like in other European countries?
Dutch people show a high level of trust in other people. Two-thirds of the population put confidence in others. With a share exceeding three-quarters, mutual trust is higher only in Finland and Denmark. Differences with other European countries are large. In neighbouring countries such as Belgium, Germany and the UK, less than half of the population trust their fellow citizens. The lowest trust levels at less than one-quarter of the population are seen in Portugal, Poland, France and Slovenia.