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Sweden still in top spot for visa-free travel

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Sweden still in top spot for visa-free travel
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10:39 CEST+02:00
Holders of a Swedish passport can visit 174 countries around the world without needing a visa, according to a global ranking, up from 173 countries in 2013. The world awaits.

Sweden shares its coveted position in the top group with the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland and Germany. Following close behind are passports from Denmark and Canada, which open up visa-free travel to 173 countries.

The ranking, called the Visa Restrictions Index and compiled by the residence and citizenship planning consultancy Henley and Partners, is based on findings from 2014.

Swedish citizens have a little more travel freedom now than they did in 2013, when the survey found that they could visit 173 nations without obtaining a visa.

On the other end of the scale are Afghanistan (able to visit 28 countries visa-free), Iraq, (31 countries), Pakistan and Somalia (32 countries) and the Palestinian Territory (able to visit 35).

It appears that the world is becoming a little more open in general. The latest World Openness Report from the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), 62 percent of the global population needed to obtain a visa before getting on that plane, boat, train or automobile in 2014, down from 77 percent in 2008.  

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