New Passport Rankings Have a Notable No. 1

For first time, an Asian nation (Singapore) gets the honors
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2017 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A new ranking of the world's most powerful passports is out, and it contains a notable first, per US News & World Report. The Passport Index by financial advisory firm Arton Capital puts an Asian nation in the top spot for the first time. Singapore gets the honors, with its citizens able to visit 159 nations without much of a visa hassle, explains Quartz. As for the US, it trails 18 nations, and the nation with the least powerful passport probably won't be too much of a surprise. Details:

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The most powerful passports, with the number of nations that citizens can easily visit:

  1. Singapore, 159
  2. Germany, 158
  3. Sweden, South Korea, 157
  4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom, 156
  5. Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, 155
  6. United States, Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, 154

The least powerful passports:

  1. Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iran, Sudan, 36
  2. Bangladesh, Yemen, 35
  3. Somalia, 34
  4. Syria, 29
  5. Pakistan, Iraq, 26
  6. Afghanistan, 22
Click for the full rankings. (Read more passports stories.)

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