The list of Dutch inventions that have changed the world is not a long one.

There is their notorious elm disease, of course, their auction system and their method for splitting the bill on dates. Although you might expect it to have originated in Belgium, the Brussels sprout is a Dutch creation from the 13th century. More recently there has been a spate of tech innovations from cassettes to Wi-Fi, but apart from that, not much.

Until now.


Niksen: The Dutch Art of Doing Nothing by Carolien Janssen is a book that has been around since early last year,