In latestOn Friday 12th Jan, 2018

The most powerful passports of 2018 announced

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Some passports are more valuable than others and if you’ve got a German passport in your hot little hand, then you’re in luck because it’s been named the most powerful passport for 2018.

According to citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners and their annual passport index, Germany has the most powerful passport in the world. The Henley Passport Index assesses passports based on the number of countries their holders can travel to without a visa. 

The index aims to provide an insightful picture of the travel freedoms and barriers experienced by people around the world, simply because of the country of their birth or citizenship.

Germany is considered the most powerful passport in the world because its holders can access 177 countries without a visa.

Singapore came in at second place with 176 countries while the Australian passport was ranked seventh along with New Zealand with 171 countries, while the United States was ranked fifth with 173 and the United Kingdom with 175 countries.

Why does any of this matter?

Henley & Partners stress that as the world becomes more globalised, the need for interconnectedness grows, and people could be left behind if they're from countries that restrict global access.

“Across the economic spectrum, individuals want to transcend the constraints imposed on them by their country of origin and access business, financial, career, and lifestyle opportunities on a global scale,” the published report said.

Here’s a list of the world’s most powerful passports:

  1. Germany (177 countries)
  2. Singapore (176)
  3. Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK (175)
  4. Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland (174)
  5. Ireland, Portugal, South Korea, United States (173)
  6. Canada (172)
  7. Australia, Greece, New Zealand (171)
  8. Czech Republic, Iceland (170)
  9. Malta (169)
  10. Hungary (168)

Where does your passport feature on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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