Do you own one of the 10 most powerful passports in the world in 2023?

Global Citizen Solutions has today unveiled a list of the most powerful passports in the world in 2023. The Global Passport Index, created by data-driven investment migration consultancy Global Citizen Solutions, utilises a robust quantitative scoring system to evaluate a country’s investment opportunities, quality of life indicators, and the number of visa-free countries accessible through each nation’s passport.

The top 10 passports ranked in the Global Passport Index are:

1. Germany
2. The United States
3. Sweden
4. Denmark
5. The Netherlands
6. Finland
7. The United Kingdom
8. Canada
9. Norway
10. Switzerland

The 2023 ranking, which compares to the previous Global Passport Index from 2022, has revealed some interesting changes in the top 10 best passports in the world. With a total score of 93.7, Germany took pole position in 2023, taking over from the 2022 leader, the USA. Germany emerged as the world’s strongest passport, performing well in investment opportunities, quality of life, and travel mobility. Sweden climbed three positions this year from its previous ranking, due to exceptional performance in the Enhanced Mobility Index, pushing Canada down to 8th position.

Each index that was evaluated as part of the overall study that ranked Germany on top included:

The Enhanced Mobility Index (Germany placed 3rd): A German passport provides visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 198 countries or territories.

Quality-of-Life Index (Germany placed 5th): Germany ranks highly in many aspects analyzed in the Global Passport Index relating to the overall quality of life, including sustainable development, freedom, environmental performance, migrant acceptance, and happiness, but it ranks very high in the cost-of-living parameter due to the average costs in the country

The Investment Index (Germany placed 11th): With a Gross National Income (GNI) of $59.090 and personal taxation of 45%, Germany is the most favorable option for investors.


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Each of the three indexes evaluated can be used as a standalone ranking where users can filter results for individual country statistics. The final list was developed in collaboration with senior STI data analysts, Dr. Roberto de Pinho and Vladimir Lopez-Bassols and is based on data from various institutions and multilateral organizations, including The World Bank, The World Economic Forum and The Sustainable Development Report.

Patricia Casaburi, CEO of Global Citizen Solutions, commented, “Our Global Passport Index is a valuable tool for anyone looking to make an informed decision about a second citizenship or simply considering relocation temporarily or permanently to another country. The latest findings are based on rigorous research and evaluation that takes into account factors beyond travel mobility, such as taxation, quality of life, sustainability, and cost of living.”

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I would have liked to have seen the whole table. If would be very revealing so see which countries are climbing the league table and which are declining.

  2. Is this list an indicator of soft power? Or is an example of good old-fashioned hard power? The higher a country is placed on the table the better it must do in terms of trade.

  3. I might have got it wrong but last time I saw one of these passport tables I thought that the United Arab Emirates passport was doing well.

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