According to the results of a 2017 travel ranking, Germany has been declared as the country with the most powerful passport in the world. Its passport has visa-free access to 176 countries. Daily Mail reveals that Sweden is in second place with 175 countries, and Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and United States jointly rank third, with their nationals enjoying access to 174 countries. The United Kingdom, however, dropped to fourth, having shared first place with Germany for three consecutive years from 2013–2015. Brits have visa-free access to 173 countries.
We gathered that Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan sit at the very bottom of the index, each with visa-free access to less than 30 countries worldwide.The biggest mover in this year’s index was Peru, gaining 15 places. Ghana showed the most negative movement, losing four places in one year.
The 2017 list containing nearly 200 countries – with some sharing position – was released by Henley and Partners, the firm which conducts the annual ranking.
Its Chairman, Dr. Christian H. Kälin, says that although the size and make-up of the ‘Top 10’ remains the same as last year, “the changing geopolitical climate could well affect the rankings over the next 12 months”.
Full list of most powerful passports below:
1 – Germany
2 – Sweden
3 – Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, United States