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 created one of the first global empires and yet are internationally renowned for their progressive attitudes and tolerance. But this is changing fast – the Dutch have been faced with the rising poisonous politics of far right groups, and their liberal laws are being repealed and immigration moves centre stage as a political issue. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, author Ben Coates describes his fascinating journey through the world’s most misunderstood country.