Guess What. This Passport is the world's second-most 'powerful'

Guess What. This Passport is the world's second-most 'powerful'

Singaporeans are holding on to the world's second-most "powerful" passport, according to a worldwide ranking for passports.

Singapore was joint-second with Sweden, with a visa-free score of 156, while Germany took the top spot with one point ahead in the 2017 Passport Index.

Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States all tied for third at 155 points.

Singapore moved up one spot from last year's index and overtook South Korea to become the highest ranked Asian passport.

The worst passports to have are from Iraq (92), Pakistan (93) and Afghanistan (94).

The index calculates each passport's visa-free score by using three steps: counting the number of countries each passport holder can visit without a visa, or where they can obtain a visa on arrival; comparing the two figures; and using the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index (UNDP HDI) as a tie breaker.

Compiled by financial advisory firm Arton Capital, the index looks at 193 countries and six territories.

Another global passport ranking last year placed Singapore fifth, while Germany was also in first place.

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2016 ranked passports according to the total number of other countries citizens have visa-free travel to.

The index was produced with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

(The Straits Times)

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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