Danish passport remains among most powerful in the world

Holders can visit 174 nations without needing to apply for a visa

The Danish passport is one of the most attractive in the world, according to the new 2016 Visa Restriction Index published by Henley & Partners.

The index (here in English) ranked Denmark joint eighth in the world, on a par with Belgium, the Netherlands and the US, as it gives its holders access to 174 nations out of 218 in the world without needing to apply for a visa.

The index was topped by Germany (access to 177 nations), followed by Sweden (176) and Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK (all 175).

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Former number one
The Danish passport was actually ranked number one for many years but started to slide in 2013.

Among the other notable nations with high rankings were Japan, Norway, South Korea, Canada and Australia.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia and Syria were the five least powerful passports.