Each passport offers its holder visa-free access to a number of countries, but passports from developed countries offer such access to highest number of countries.
The power of a country's passport is a function of how many countries it enables its holders to access without the need for a visa, which can often be expensive and stressful to get.
According to a ranking of the world's most powerful passports recently published by American financial firm, Arton Capital, the U.S. and U.K. passports are tied on the top spot both giving its holders visa-free access to a staggering 147 countries.
France, South Korea, and Germany jointly share the second place, with their passports offering access to 145 countries. Sweden and Italy are next with 144 countries, followed by Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, and Netherlands allowing access to 143 countries. Switzerland passport offers access to 142 countries.
There are some obvious disappointments on the list, though. Passports from Russia offer access to just 98 countries, and those from China, just 74 countries. Indian passports are weaker, offering access to just 59 countries.
For Nigerian international passport holders, there is free access to 61 countries.