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
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:

  1. Germany: 177 countries
  2. Sweden: 176
  3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, UK: 175
  4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, US: 174
  5. Austria, Japan, Singapore: 173
  6. Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland: 172
  7. Greece, New Zealand: 171
  8. Australia: 169
  9. Malta: 168
  10. Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland: 167
Check out the full list, or see why you should renew your aging passport now. (Read more Germany stories.)

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