Happiness Region Münsterland | SKL Happiness Atlas 2022
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Münsterland region of happiness

Happiness Region Münsterland - Happiness Atlas 2022

Compared to all regions in Germany, people in Münsterland are the happiest. This is shown by the Happiness Atlas 2022, published by the Research Centre for Generational Contracts at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg with the support of SKL (Süddeutsche Klassenlotterie). With a value of 7.44 on a scale of 0 to 10 points, the region has achieved a top value. In Germany as a whole, life satisfaction in 2022 was 6.86 points; before the Corona pandemic, it was 7.14.

About the Happiness Atlas

The Happiness Atlas is the most up-to-date regular study of Germans' life satisfaction. SKL has been a partner of the Happiness Atlas since the beginning of 2022; until the end of 2021, it was published by Deutsche Post. For example, the survey asked about satisfaction in the areas of work, income, family and health, as well as the influence of inflation and the Ukraine war. Further information on the study is available at www.skl-gluecksatlas.de.

Results at a glance

Future Atlas 2022 General Map
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A deeper look at 32 regions in Germany shows large differences in happiness between the federal states. The regions marked in dark blue are particularly happy, while the regions marked in light blue are less happy. In 2022, Münsterland is the happiest region in Germany with 7.44 points - far ahead of the typical happiness regions of Schleswig (7.21 points) and Holstein (7.12 points). North Rhine-Westphalia has a total of 6.98 points, Germany as a whole 6.86 points.

Why people in Münsterland are so satisfied

  • A good location influences the leisure options: In the north, the North Sea is not far away, in the south the Ruhr area with all the big cities and in the west the Netherlands offer international flair.
  • High recreational and leisure value in the countryside or in nature, as well as many cycling and riding paths.
  • A good standard of living with medium incomes and a high rate of home ownership. In the district of Warendorf, for example, the home ownership rate is 55.7 percent, in the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia it is only 40 percent.
  • A young, happy population. On average, the people of Münsterland are 43 years old - exactly one year younger than the national average. In addition, there is a high proportion of 18- to 24-year-olds in the university city of Münster (8.1 percent in Münsterland, Germany as a whole: 7.4 percent).
  • Münsterland also has a strong medium-sized and innovative economy. According to a recent Prognos study, it is one of Germany's regions of the future.
  • For years, Münsterland has had the lowest unemployment rate in all of North Rhine-Westphalia.

What Münsterland e.V. says about the study

Klaus Ehling Klaus Ehling
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Klaus Ehling, Board of Münsterland e.V.

Of course, the measurement is only a guide, as happiness can only be measured to a limited extent. But the fact that the results of the Happiness Atlas confirm the claim of the Münsterland brand - 'MÜNSTERLAND. THE GOOD LIFE' - is something I am particularly pleased about.

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