The Quality of Nationality Index has revealed the world's most powerful passports
In an increasingly globalised world, it pays to have a powerful passport.
But being able to travel freely through all countries on the planet is a luxury afforded to few.
The Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), by Henley and Partners, has revealed the lineup of the most respected passports around the globe.
Using factors including external value of nationality, settlement freedom and travel freedom, the QNI ranks 159 countries on an annual basis.
Germany has once again reclaimed its title as the world’s most powerful passport.
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The European nation has held onto first place for six years running, with a score of 82.7 per cent.
France and Denmark trailed closely in second place with equal scores of 82.4.
Iceland ranked third on 81.3 per cent, followed by Sweden on 81.2.
The UK didn’t make an appearance until 12th place, with a score of 79.2 per cent.
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It was outdone by countries including Italy, Spain and Ireland.
The study was conducted by law professor Dimitry Kochenov, who said the UK’s ranking is likely to fall after Brexit is finalised.
He said: “The UK is about to establish a world record in terms of profoundly undermining the quality of its nationality without going through any violent conflict.
“The moral is simple: EU citizenship is an extremely valuable resource and getting rid of it—crippling citizens’ horizon of opportunities— should not be taken lightly.”
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The US made it into the list at number 29 with just 68.8 per cent, due to its relatively low settlement freedom compared to EU member states.
At the other end of the scale, Afghanistan was ranked the world’s least powerful passport on just 14.6 per cent.
Other countries in the bottom 10 included Sudan, Yemen, Congo and Pakistan.
Earlier this year the Passport Index revealed its own ranking of the world’s most powerful passport, which featured the same country at number one - Germany.