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These Are the World's Most Powerful Passports

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Passport to the World

It's a fact of life that if you want to travel internationally, you'll need a passport. But not all passports are equal: Citizens of some nations, such as the United States, can visit far more countries without first seeking clearance by applying for a travel visa than people from nations such as Haiti or Iran. For each of the past 16 years, the consulting firm Henley & Partners has compiled an annual Global Passport Ranking, using International Air Transport Authority data and independent research. The index includes 199 passports and 227 different travel destinations. 

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South Korean Passports
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Italian Passport
Finnish passport
Spanish passport
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Four Danish passports
Austrian Passport
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What About the U.S.?

Citizens of the United States enjoy a fairly robust passport, too, able to visit 187 countries visa-free. That puts the U.S. in seventh place, tied with the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, and New Zealand. 

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