Could you be happy without having children?

Share of young people being able to be happy without children in the Netherlands 2017 This statistic displays the share of the young population that would be able to be happy without having children in the Netherlands in 2016 and 2017, by age. 63 percent of the respondents aged between 18 and 25 years reported to be able to be happy without children.
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Share of respondents
16-17 years67%
18-25 years63%
26-34 years65%
34 years and older70%
Total64%
Share of respondents
16-17 years67%
18-25 years63%
26-34 years65%
34 years and older70%
Total64%
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This statistic displays the share of the young population that would be able to be happy without having children in the Netherlands in 2016 and 2017, by age. 63 percent of the respondents aged between 18 and 25 years reported to be able to be happy without children.
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Release date
July 2017
Region
Netherlands
Survey time period
2016 and 2017
Number of respondents
11,164 respondents
Age group
16-34 years*
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
* n (16-17) = 1,562, n (18-25) = 6,853, n (26-34) = 2,189, n (34+) = 310. Although the survey is specifically focused on the generation aged between 16 and 34 years, people older than 34 were also able to answer the survey questions, hence the category 34 years and older.

The statistic displayed above shows the percentage of respondents that answered yes to the question.

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Could you be happy without having children?" (Zou je blij kunnen zijn zonder dat je ooit kinderen krijgt?)

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