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The Finnish passport: the gateway to visa-free travel.A recent study has shown that Finns are in possession of the hassle-free key to the most countries around the globe.

While hassle free travel is a luxury enjoyed by the majority of citizens of Western countries, Finns have come out on top of a list that compiles such information. The survey was conducted by Henley & Partners, a consultancy in residence and citizenship planning.

Offering visa-free travel to 173 countries, the Finnish passport comes in as a three-way tie with that of Sweden and the United Kingdom. However, it offers more commonly used visa-free travel options, including receiving a visa-on-arrival when entering India. Finnish passport holders also enjoy visa-free access to Vietnam, without the need for application.

All of the Nordic countries enjoy excellent visa-free travel options to almost anywhere in the world, with Denmark rounding out the Top 5 with visa-free access to 172 countries. European nationals in general have a leg up on the rest of the world as they enjoy permanent access to the nations of the EU, whereas foreigners have restrictions placed on their length of stay.

At the bottom of the list, possessors of a passport from Afghanistan have visa-free access to only 28 countries, with Iraq (31), Pakistan and Somalia (32 each) passports also having restrictions on their free-movement.

JAMES O’SULLIVAN
HELSINKI TIMES

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