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Once upon a time when you'd think of a powerful passport, you might think of either a European or American one.

It's actually two Asian countries who hold the most powerful passports now, according to a real-time ranking compiled by citizenship-planning firm Henley & Partners released on February 28th.

Before now, Germany has been ranked five years in a row as having the world's most powerful passport.

However, it has now fallen behind Japan and Singapore.

According to Henley & Partners, citizens of Japan and Singapore now have easy access to a whopping 180 countries, compared to Germany's 179.

This is thanks in part to newly relaxed visa requirements in Uzbekistan which gives citizens of seven countries visa-free travel for 30 days, it's now easier for citizens of Japan and Singapore to travel there.

Henley & Partners calculated the 'power' of passports based off the passport's ability to travel visa-free to other foreign countries.

You can view their list of the 10 most powerful passports here:

Rank                                           PassportNumber of countries accessible
1Japan, Singapore180
3Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea178
4Norway, UK, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal177
5Switzerland, Ireland, US, Canada176
6Belgium, Australia, Greece174
7New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta173


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