The world's most powerful passports revealed

German citizens enjoy the highest degree of mobility

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If you're planning to travel the world, you will no doubt need your passport, but do you know how powerful it is compared to those of other countries?

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When it comes to crossing international frontiers, German citizens enjoy the highest degree of mobility, according to the 2016 Visa Restrictions Index.

The annual list, compiled by London-based consulting firm Henley and Partners, ranks nations by how freely their citizens can travel, unencumbered by immigration red tape.

With a German passport you can enter 177 out of 218 countries and territories listed without needing to apply for a visa.

Sweden came a close second, allowing its citizens visa-free access to 176 countries, while the UK came in third place (sharing the spot with Finland, France, Italy and Spain), offering visa-free access to 175 countries.

In fourth place is the US, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands, and in fifth place is Austria, Japan and Singapore.

And the "worst passports? Afghanistan came bottom of the list in 104th place. Afghan nationals are able to travel to just 25 countries without needing a visa. Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Syria rounded out the bottom five "worst countries".

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