Brits and Americans may be surprised to learn that they don’t own the best passport in the world.
According to research conducted by Nomad Capitalist, Swedish passports are the best ones to own ranked, with the company ranking 199 different passports based on how many countries they can travel to without a visa, tax freedoms, the world’s perception of the country and its citizens, the ability to maintain other citizenships and the ability of its citizens to live freely.
The Swedish passport came out on top, as its citizens can visit 176 countries visa-free, enjoy an 'excellent reputation' abroad, have the ability to hold dual or multiple citizenship, have high levels of personal freedom and have the ability to easily escape Swedish taxes by moving overseas.
The current top ten ranking passports all reside in Europe and include Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
The British passport ranks highly at number 16 as citizens can visit 175 countries visa- free, are almost always allowed to hold another citizenship, have relatively high levels of personal freedom and are thought about quite highly abroad.
Unfortunately for Brits, it is more difficult to become legally tax non-resident when moving abroad.
By comparison, the US passport which ranks at number 35, allows visitors to visit 174 countries visa-free, but citizens are taxed on their worldwide income no matter where they live and are not perceived as highly as their British counterparts.
According to the research, the worst passport to own is the Afghan passport; this passport only allows entry into 25 countries visa-free, its citizens are often refused entry to a substantial number of countries and also encounter substantial hostility. Its citizens are also strictly forbidden to hold other citizenships and they also experience less freedom. Iraq is the second worst, with travel permitted to 30 countries, low perception from other countries and low levels of freedom and Eritrea is third from the bottom.