The United States has the most powerful passport in the world, new study finds
How passports rank around the world
HOUSTON (KIAH) – As more and more people start to travel again, in the United States and around the world, have you ever wondered what the power of your passport is when you travel. It turns out that a lot. Well, according to Global Citizen Solutions, their new study called Global Passport Index, determined which are the 10 strongest passports in the world. The study takes into account investment opportunities and quality of life, as well as mobility of trips. And the top-ranked countries have these three things in common. So, let’s take a look.
10 strongest passports:
1. United States of America
4. The Netherlands
7. United Kingdom
10. New Zealand
The United States of America ranked first in the best passports overall. It ranked 10th in the mobility index, 4th in the investment index and 23rd in the quality of life index. Each index weighs 50% (Mobility) 25% (Investment) 25% (Quality of life) and with a total score of 96.4, the Global Passport ranked the United States in pole position. For individual categories: Singapore has the best passport for both the Improved Mobility Index and the Investment Index, while Sweden leads the Quality of Life Index, followed by Finland and the Denmark.
The list of the top 20 passports continues with Switzerland (11th), France (12th), Luxembourg (13th), Ireland (14th), Singapore (15th), Spain (16th), Monaco (17th) , Australia (18th), Austria (19th) and Czech Republic (20th).
Vladimir Lopez-Bassols, STI analyst, said of the study: “The new methodology provides a more complete view of the mobility and attractiveness of the country which includes 3 major dimensions, each summarized in a stand-alone index constructed at the ‘using several indicators from various fields. We took special care in creating the Enhanced Mobility Index because a simple list of countries that offer visa-free travel is not enough to rank a passport.
The new Global Passport Index is touted as a user-friendly platform in which users are encouraged to view rankings created by individual indexes. The Passport Index also ranks global passports not only on the basis of visa-free access, but by building the mobility, investment opportunities and quality of life offered by each destination into a new life-centric index that is added to the outdated and irrelevant rankings of the old one. The visa-free right of passage is only part of the value of a given destination, this passport index compiles the data and ranks countries more broadly.
The study goes on to say that a strong passport is not just about travel mobility. In today’s increasingly globalized world, people are looking to invest beyond their borders and obtain residency abroad. The difficulty lies in choosing the right country, taking into account key aspects such as quality of life and investment opportunities, which the study addresses. For more information on this report, visit Global Citizen Solutions for more details.
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