French passport ties with UK as fourth-most useful

The best passport was Singapore, with France and UK fourth, and USA sixth

A French passport has been named as the fourth most-useful in the world in a new report, on a par with passports from United Kingdom and Spain; lagging behind those from Singapore and Germany.

The Singaporean passport knocked Germany’s off its usual top spot in the world rankings thanks to the 159 countries to which it now allows travel without a visa compared to Germany’s 158.

Sweden and South Korea took joint third place just behind, with 157 countries, reports FranceInfo today, following the publication of the 2017 Global Passport Power Rank report from the financial advice company, Arton Capital.

Denmark was joint fourth, along with the UK, France, Finland, Italy, Spain, Norway, and Japan, all of whom allow travel to 156 countries without a visa.

In contrast, the United States passport allows non-visa travel to just 154 countries, knocking it down to the sixth place overall, alongside Malaysia, Ireland, and Canada.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, an Afghanistan passport was deemed the least-useful, with just 22 countries accessible without a visa.

Syria was also near the bottom with just 29 accessible countries, just ahead of Iraq and Pakistan, which allow visa-free travel to just 26 countries in total.

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