The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has published a new report that shows that Friesland, the northern province of the Netherlands, has turned into a model of success, exhibiting the true essence of broad well-being amidst regional disparities. The study indicates that income levels alone do not account for the overall quality of life in a region. Instead, broad well-being encompasses multiple aspects of human life, and Friesland’s impressive performance in various indicators stands testament to the fact.
While traditional measures like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita often overshadow other aspects, Friesland’s success challenges the conventional notion of wealth. Despite lower GDP levels, the province compensates admirably by scoring high on different aspects of well-being compared, for instance, to Groot-Rijnmond, a relatively wealthy region.
Economic resilience, financial prudence and labor strength
Even though Friesland registers a lower GDP compared to regions like Groot-Rijnmond, it proves its economic resilience with higher net labor participation and lower unemployment rates. The province’s workforce appears more engaged, and job opportunities seem to be thriving. Furthermore, Friesland residents express greater contentment with their work commutes, highlighting the positive work-life balance that the region fosters.
Although Friesland finds itself on the lower end of the income spectrum, it maintains prudence in household finances. The average debt per household in Friesland is relatively low, aligning with the responsible financial practices of the region’s residents. Friesland exemplifies how prudent financial management can contribute to a stable and fulfilling lifestyle, despite not being among the wealthiest regions.
Friesland emerges as a frontrunner in environmental responsibility and natural conservation. The province showcases lower emissions of fine particles and greenhouse gases, a commendable feat in comparison to Groot-Rijnmond’s ecological challenges. Moreover, Friesland’s abundance of green-blue spaces, including lush forests and picturesque waterways, speaks volumes about the region’s commitment to preserving nature and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
The CBS report underlines Friesland’s remarkable achievements in broad well-being, proving that true prosperity extends beyond economic indicators. As other regions grapple with disparities between economic wealth and overall well-being, Friesland’s model of success offers valuable insights into fostering a higher quality of life for its residents.