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:
- Germany (177 countries)
- Singapore (176)
- Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK (175)
- Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland (174)
- Ireland, Portugal, South Korea, United States (173)
- Canada (172)
- Australia, Greece, New Zealand (171)
- Czech Republic, Iceland (170)
- Malta (169)
- Hungary (168)