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The Most Powerful Passports in the World!

Do you want to know which are the most powerful passports in the world 2017? German travelers hold the most powerful passport in the world and can visit the most countries without needing to apply for a visa, according to a newly-updated travel index. A total of 158 countries offer Germans either visa-free access or a visa on arrival, making citizens of the central European nation the most privileged passport holders on the planet.

Coming a close second is Sweden, followed by Singapore, which overtook South Korea as the most powerful in Asia this year.

The most powerful passports in the world in 2017

 *number in brackets refers to the total number of countries and regions that passport holders can travel to without getting a visa. This includes visa-free and visa on arrival destinations. The ranking is based on both figures.

1. Germany (158) *
2. Sweden (157)
3. Singapore (157)
4. Denmark (156)
5. Finland (156)
6. France (156)
7. Spain (156)
8. Switzerland (156)
9. Norway (156)
10. United Kingdom (156)
11. United States of America (156)
12. Italy (155)
13. Netherlands (155)
14. Belgium (155)
15. Austria (155)
16. Luxembourg (155)
17. Portugal (155)
18. Japan (155)

The least powerful passports in the world in 2017

188. Iran (36)
189. Eritrea (36)
190. Sudan (36)
191. Bangladesh (35)
192. Sri Lanka (35)
193. South Sudan (34)
194. Ethiopia (34)
195. Somalia (30)
196. Syria (29)
197. Iraq (28)
198. Pakistan (26)
199. Afghanistan (23)

Rank is according to 2017 Passport Index, which takes into account the number of countries each passport holder can visit without a visa, or where they can obtain a visa on arrival.

Check full report of Global Passport Power Rank 2017