Not all passports are created equal. Some are more powerful than others, and that means their owner can travel to more countries without having to show bring or show their visa.
Passport power interests various businesses and government organizations, and they rank countries by the power of their passport. That power can fluctuate depending on the relationships between given countries and who is doing the calculating.
For example, the global financial advisory firm Arton Capital listed travellers from Germany as being able to enter 145 countries without a visa in 2015.
The following year, the citizen and planning firm Henley & Partners reported that Germans could enter 177 countries without a visa.
Countries with the most powerful passports include the following:
Arton Capital’s 2015 report ranks Finnish passports as the 10th most powerful and reports that Finns can visit 143 countries without a visa.
In their 2016 report, Henley & Partners list Finland as having the 3rd most powerful passport, a distinction they share with France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Citizens from all five countries can visit 175 countries without a visa.
Japan’s passports are the 9th most powerful according to Arton Capital, and the Japanese can visit 143 countries without a visa.
Henley & Partners list Japan has having the 5th most powerful passport, a status that it shares with Singapore and Austria. Travelers from all three nations can visit 173 countries without a visa.
Singapore’s passports ranks as the 8th most powerful, for its citizens can visit 143 countries without a visa.
Swedish passports are the 7th most powerful and Swedes can visit 144 countries without a visa.
According to Henley & Partners’ report, Sweden has the 2nd most powerful passport in the world. Swedes can visit 176 countries without a visa.
According to Arton Capital, Italy has the 6th most powerful passports, and Italians can visit 144 countries.
Arton Capital lists France as having the 5th most powerful passports, and the French can visit 145 countries without a visa.
German passports are the 4th most powerful and Germans can visit 145 countries without a passport.
Henley & Partners list Germany’s passport as the most powerful in the world. It reports the Germans can visit 177 countries without a visa.
Arton Capital lists South Korea as having the 3rd most powerful passports, and South Koreans can visit 145 countries without a visa.
According to Henley & Partners, South Korea’s passport is the 6th most powerful, and South Korea’s citizens can visit 172 countries without a visa. South Korea shares its status with Switzerland, Portugal, Norway, Luxembourg, Ireland and Canada.
Passports from the United States are the 2nd most powerful in the world according to Arton Capital. Americans can visit 147 countries without a visa.
Henley & Partners lists the United States’ passport as being the 4th most powerful. Americans can visit 174 countries without a visa, as can people from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark.
Passports from the United Kingdom are the most powerful in the world according to Arton Capital. Citizens from the United Kingdom can visit 147 countries without a visa.
Not surprisingly, stable and developed countries have more powerful passports. Arton Capital also listed countries with the weakest passports, and they included Myanmar (28), Afghanistan (38), Iraq (38), and Somalia (39). Strong passports enable their holders the ability to enter more countries easily, and they also indicate that the holder comes from a stable and trustworthy government.