The world's most powerful passports to have

It pays to be German
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Picture this: you grab your passport, drive to the airport and randomly pick out one out of 158 destinations around the world to fly to – visa and stress-free. Sounds convenient to say the least, but only two passports will grant you the luxury of travelling to most of the world’s countries and territories with nothing but a plane ticket. Which passports are we talking about? Find out below in our list of the world’s most powerful passports to have, according to Arton Capital's 2017 Passport Index, which determines the rank of each passport based on its Visa-Free Score (VFS), visa on arrival (VOA) and the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index (UNDP HDI), used to measure each country’s perception abroad. In the GCC, the UAE passport ranked the strongest at number 24 on the global list with a VFS score of 127 countries. Here are the rest:
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Germany, one of the world’s most important economic powers is ranked number one followed closely by Singapore, the urban island considered one of the world’s cleanest and most organised, with both countries achieving a VFS score of 158.
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Sweden, which is among the world’s 10 happiest countries, was ranked before East Asian power South Korea with a VFS score of 157.
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Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, UK and US were ranked respectively with a VFS score of 156.
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Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Portugal scored 155 in that order.
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Malaysia, Ireland and Canada, which is also considered one of the world’s happiest countries, achieved a similar score of 154.
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Greece is ranked a little lower on the list than its European Union counterparts followed by New Zealand and Australia with a score of 153.
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Malta, Czech Republic, which was recently renamed Czechia, and Iceland attained a VFS score of 152.
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Hungary, a member state of the European that borders Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine scored 150.
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Central, Eastern and Northern European countries Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia achieved a VFS score of 149.
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Estonia, one of Europe’s least-populous member states with a population of 1.3 million, scored 148.
Wed 13 Sep 2017 12:52 PM GST
By Lubna Hamdan