New Report Declares German Passport as Strongest in the World

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A new report has shown the German Passport to be the strongest in the world, with a list of 157 visa-free destinations.

The Singapore and South Korean passports were second and third on the list, respectively. The least powerful passport is Afghanistan, with just 23 visa-free destinations

In the newest edition of the world’s popular Arton Capital’s global ranking “Passport index” comparing passport strengths, Germany turned out to be the strongest passport in the world.

The scores were obtained on the basis of “visa-free destinations” that each passport offers.

Highlights of the Rankings

Germany scored the highest with a list of 157 visa-free destinations. Just below Germany is Singapore, with a score of 156 and below Singapore was South Korea.

Other top ranking countries include Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

India had a free destination score of 46, lower than Uganda at 67, but still ahead of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, who were ranked 89th and 94th respectively.

The lowest ranking passport, is the Afghanistan passport, with just 23 visa-free destination.

Other low-ranking countries include Iran, Eritrea, Sudan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“The desire to improve one’s opportunity and security for their family transcends borders. As such, having a second citizenship has never been more relevant,” John Hanafin, CEO of Arton Capital said.

Other parts of the Report

The report also added a new segment: “World Openness Score” (WOS), which displays the progression of freedom of mobility of nationals around the world.

According to the report, in 2016, it was at 17,925 and had jumped to 17948 in 2017.

“This trend shows opening of borders but will it continue? With the recent backlash against globalisation and ongoing immigration issues, the World Openness Score may be in danger of decline,” the report said.