The title of the most powerful passport in the world changes ownership from week to week. If up to a week ago the title was in the hands of Germany, in the last few days Japan has gone under and conquered the first place.
The ranking is based on the number of countries in which the passport holder can enter without a visa or, alternatively, obtain a visa on arrival (Henley Passport Index )
In addition to changes of position at the top of the ranking, there is also some surprising results in the middle-lower part of the ranking.
China, for example, which was 162esima in the 2008, currently has climbed well 44 places to rank at 118esimo. She is not the only one to have climbed the rankings so impressively; in fact, even small European countries have made great strides.
Like Albania, at the 155esimo place in the 2008, which has climbed 67 positions well - the highest result in the world - in the last ten years.
The closer you get to Europe, the more powerful your passport becomes
One of the main reasons is certainly the liberalization on the EU side, followed by other states that previously did not have the same consideration for Albania.
The EU candidacy also helped the ranking of another country. In 2008, in fact, Bosnia and Herzegovina was at the 143th place while it has now risen to 86esimo place thanks above all to the access to the Schengen area of the 2010.
On the other hand, Sierra Leone is the country that has lost the most positions. In the 2008, in fact, the African country was at the 90th place, while it is currently stationed at the 132th place.
The collapse is largely due to the Ebola epidemic that struck Sierra Leone in the 2014. The epidemic, which also affected Guinea and Liberia, caused the death of 11.300 people in total in the three countries. I immediately doubt the spread of the disease, many countries like the United States, Australia and Canada have issued and implemented some forms of restriction against visas from Sierra Leone.
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