Italian passport 14th 'most powerful' in world

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The passports of 13 countries are regarded as more “powerful” than the one offered by Italy, according to a new survey.

The “ultimate passport ranking” issued by travel website GoEuro on Tuesday rates the Italian passport as the 14th most powerful in the world, just behind Japan, Portugal and France, in a comparison of travel documents from 50 countries.

An Italian passport will get you into 172 countries without a visa, and costs $135.

The Swedish passport is the most powerful in the world, followed by those from Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Denmark.

The rankings are based on key factors that travellers in a poll said made a passport powerful.

These included its price, number of visa-free entries to other countries, and the length of its validity.

At $43, the Swedish passport was ranked the cheapest in the world in terms of hours needed to work at the local minimum wage to pay for it — one hour, according to GoEuro.

“In previous rankings it has largely been a matter of analyzing visa-free access to determine the strength of a passport,” Molly Levinson a spokeswoman from GoEuro told The Local.

“This is an important factor, but it is also crucial to consider the ability of the average citizen to afford purchasing the document,” Levinson said.

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“Cost plays a large part in Sweden's ranking,” she said.

“The Swedish passport ranks higher based on a combination of visa-free access and ease of obtaining the document,” Levinson said.

Click here for the full ranking.

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