Most Powerful Passport Isn't American or British It's German, giving holder visa-free access to 177 countries By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Mar 1, 2016 8:41 AM CST 22 comments Comments German is best when it comes to passports. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Think Americans hold the most powerful passport on the planet? You're not even close, according to an index from a British immigration and citizenship firm. Henley & Partners' Visa Restrictions Index finds a German passport gives its holder visa-free access to 177 countries, more than any other passport. In fact, the German passport has held the title of the world's most powerful for three years in a row, reports Business Insider. The top 10: Germany: 177 countries Sweden: 176 Finland, France, Italy, Spain, UK: 175 Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, US: 174 Austria, Japan, Singapore: 173 Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland: 172 Greece, New Zealand: 171 Australia: 169 Malta: 168 Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland: 167 Check out the full list, or see why you should renew your aging passport now.