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Why the Dutch are Different
Author: Ben Coates

ISBN: 9781857886337
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 9 September 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.21 x 2.03
The Netherlands is a country quite unlike any other. A tiny nation which punches above its weight on the world stage, where people have managed to become some of the richest in the world while working fewer hours than almost anyone else. They have the highest population density in Europe while one quarter of this low country exists perilously below sea level...

They created one of the first global empires and yet are internationally renowned for their progressive attitudes and tolerance. They were the first to legalise same sex marriages 2001. A land where prostitutes are given sick pay and prisons are closed through lack of demand. But this is changing fast - the Dutch have been faced with the rising poisonous politics of far right groups, liberal laws are being repealed and immigration moves centre stage as a political issue...

After a chance encounter, Ben Coates left life in London behind to move to the Netherlands, where he learned the language, worked for Dutch company and even married a Dutch wife. He takes readers into the heart of his adopted country, leaving behind the usual tourist attractions and cliches to explore what it is that mak...

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