Photo description: De bbq ligt vol met vlees. Een inwoner van Bonaire houd de hamburgers in de gaten.

Are people satisfied with their lives?

In 2021, approximately 90 percent of the population aged 15 years and over on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba were satisfied with their lives. They were most satisfied with the neighbourhood they live in. Residents of St Eustatius and Saba were least satisfied with their financial situation. Bonaire residents were least satisfied with the amount of free time and education opportunities.

On St Eustatius, 93 percent of the population were satisfied with their lives in 2021. This was 85 percent in 2017. On Bonaire and Saba, 88 percent of the population were satisfied with their lives, similar to the percentage in 2017. On all three islands, people were most satisfied with the neighbourhood they live in, followed by their work or daily activities, and their home.

Satisfaction, 2021 (% of persons aged 15 yrs and over)
Kenmerk Bonaire St Eustatius Saba
Life in general 87.5 93.1 88.4
Sub-aspects . . .
Neighbourhood 91.4 91.7 88.6
Work, daily
86.8 89.4 82.3
Home 85.2 86.2 78.0
Financial situation 75.2 69.5 62.4
73.6 74.9 71.8
Free time 70.8 85.7 68.4

Lower educated people are less satisfied

The extent to which people are satisfied with their lives differs per level of education. For example, on all three islands people with a low level of education were less satisfied with their education opportunities than people with a high education level. Lower educated people on Bonaire and St Eustatius were also less satisfied than highly educated people when it comes to their financial situation and the home they live in. Bonaire residents with a low education level also said they are less satisfied with their work or daily activities and with their life in general than people with a high education level.

9* out of 10 Bonaire and Saba residents are satisfied with their lives (*nearly)

Opinions on norms and values divided

In 2021, almost 30 percent of the people on Bonaire, and around 20 percent of the people on St Eustatius and Saba, said that norms and values on their island were clearly going in the wrong direction. Nevertheless, residents of St Eustatius and Saba were slightly more positive about norms and values on the island than Bonaire residents. On St Eustatius and Saba, more people believed that norms and values are going slightly more in the right direction than in the wrong direction. Compared to the inhabitants of Saba, more people on Bonaire and St Eustatius felt that norms and values had remained the same.

Norms and values, 2021 (% of persons aged 15 yrs and over)
Eiland Clearly in the wrong direction Slightly more in the wrong than right direction Remained approximately the same Slightly more in the right than wrong direction Clearly in the right direction Do not know
Bonaire 27.7 28.6 26.5 9.0 5.2 3.0
St Eustatius 18.2 28.3 30.2 14.8 5.2 3.4
Saba 20.9 30.9 17.3 16.1 4.9 9.9

Bonaire residents more negative about immigrants

In 2021, 19 percent of Bonaire residents felt that people from other countries who come to live on the island make it a worse place to live. This share was twice as high as on St Eustatius and Saba. Over half of the inhabitants of St Eustatius and Saba believed that the arrival of people from other countries makes the island a better place to live. This view was held by a third of the people who live on Bonaire.

Opinion about immigrants, 2021 (% of persons aged 15 yrs and over)
Eiland People from other countries who come to live on Bonaire/Saba/St Eustatius make it a worse place to live People from other countries who come to live on Bonaire/Saba/St Eustatius make it a better place to live No opinion/Do not know
Bonaire 18.7 34.5 46.8
St Eustatius 10.0 50.1 39.9
Saba 9.1 53.9 36.9

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