The National Health Survey

This page provides information on the National Health Survey of Curaçao, conducted in the first quarter of 2013 and 2017. The reports with the results of the 2013 and 2017 National Health Survey (in Dutch) are available here .

Purpose of the survey

How many people in Curaçao have diabetes? How many are overweight? How much exercise are we getting? Who are using healthcare services, and which? The National Health Survey provides a picture of this, every four years.

The results are used by the government for health policy purposes, while also making it possible to organize targeted activities to promote the health and well-being of the population and to keep track of core healthcare issues, both now and into the future.


The survey includes questions on health, lifestyle and use of healthcare services. They focus not only on physical health, but also on how people feel and how they are doing mentally and socially.

The questionnaire starts with a number of general questions on gender, age, education, marital status and household composition. Other topics covered include chronic illnesses, injuries, physical disabilities, psychological issues, nutrition, exercise, smoking, alcohol use, visits to healthcare providers and satisfaction with healthcare services received.


The interviewers all carry a badge with their photo, personal info, the CBS logo and the CBS director’s signature. Interviewers are required to show their credentials when visiting households.

Please feel free to phone the CBS at any time to confirm whether there is a survey being carried out and to verify the interviewer’s name. The CBS phone number to be used for this purpose is: 839-2300.


Of course, your responses will be kept completely anonymous. The CBS acts in strict compliance with the legal provisions laid down in confidentiality legislation, including Article 5 paragraph 2 of the Statistics Law, which also applies to the interviewers. As the responses are not linked to any name or address, it is impossible to trace them back to the individual respondents.

Personal data can neither be traced back using the statistical information produced, so it is never known whose answers appear in a particular questionnaire.