25 Most Powerful Passports In The World You Might Want To Possibly Own

How powerful is your passport? Do you know? If you don’t, the day has come for you to find out. In order to measure the strength of a passport the first thing you have to take into account is how freely it lets you travel. In order to do that, we referred to the Visa Restriction Index published annually by Henley and Partners. Many nations, however, ended up with visa free access to the same amount of countries. For example, citizens of both Canada and Denmark can travel to 173 countries. In cases such as these we referred to other factors. For example, is the country part of a larger passport union? How many countries are the citizens allowed to reside within permanently? Every European Union country has an advantage in this respect. Sometimes, however, we had to look at which citizenship is more desirable in terms of travel freedom. Both the United Kingdom and the United States top the list with visa free access to 174 countries. The United States, however, is much bigger. Within its borders, American citizenship allows you to travel and reside within a greater variety of regions. It was considerations such as these that led to the following rankings. These are the 25 Most Powerful Passports In The World You Might Want To Possibly Own.

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Switzerland

SwitzerlandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 170

Although it is not a member of the EU and is smaller than New Zealand, Swiss citizenship has a lot of intangible bonuses that push it above Singapore and New Zealand. A combination of its standard of living, neutrality, and lifestyle have led the Swiss passport to be highly coveted. Moreover, Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Zone meaning its citizens can freely live anywhere in Europe.

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Ireland

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Number of visa free countries – 171

Along with Austria and Norway, Irish citizens are allowed to visit 171 countries visa free. While all three are allowed free movement throughout Europe, the fact that Ireland hasn’t signed the Schengen Agreement puts it slightly lower if only for the fact that its position in the EU is more tentative.


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Austria

AustriaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 171

An Austrian passport will give you just about the exact same possibilities as an Irish passport but being a more incorporated member of the EU made the Austrian passport only slightly more powerful. Furthermore, a wider range of lifestyle choices including bigger cities and more varied topography weigh in Austria’s favor.

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Norway

NorwaySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 171

The one thing that pushed Norway above both Ireland and Austria is the fact that it consistently ranks as having the highest standard of living in the world. If all else fails, Norwegian citizenship guarantees you the ability to enjoy that.


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South Korea

South KoreaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Number of visa free countries – 172

South Korea brings up the bottom of the next set of countries (there are a lot of them!). The main reason it is at the bottom is primarily due to the fact that the rest of the countries (except for Japan) are all EU members which automatically grants their citizens full access to the entire European Union. South Korea is not a member of any such union and therefore its citizens are more restricted in terms of where they can reside.

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