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Singapore passport second-most 'powerful'

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

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

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 as a tie-breaker.

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

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index placed Singapore fifth last year.

The Singapore passport is the second most-powerful in the world, according to the 2017 Passport Index.

The index ranked passports according to the total number of countries citizens have visa-free travel to.- THE STRAITS TIMES

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