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Report: Germany has the most powerful passport in the world



The annual Henley Passport Index has just been released. It ranks passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The ranking named Germany as the country with the most powerful passport in the world for the fifth year in a row. Last October a separate ranking put Singapore at the top of the list, but Germany has reclaimed the top spot on that list also.

For the fifth-year running, Germany has the most powerful passport in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index. The European country narrowly manages to beat rivals Singapore. The city-state received the same title in a similar ranking published in October 2017 by Arton Capital, a Canadian organization.

Germans enjoys visa-free access to 177 countries – rising from 176 in 2017 – according to this year’s index by Henley & Partners, a global residence and citizenship planning firm.

The index ranks nations around the world on how many countries citizens can visit without a visa – something that can be a significant cost or barrier when it comes to international travel. A similar ranking, Arton Capital’s Passport Index, also places Germany in the top spot.

In second place is Singapore, whose citizens can travel visa-free to 176 countries. The third place spot is jointly held by eight countries – Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the UK, whose citizens can travel to 175 countries without a visa. Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain all tie for fourth place.



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