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When it comes to international travel, where you're going may not matter as much as where
you're coming from.
That's because different passports allow varying levels of so-called "travel freedom."
While some travelers are able to breeze through customs and stay abroad for months or even
years, others are subject to expensive visas, strict time limits or an otherwise heavy vetting process.
So why is there this discrepancy?
Which countries have the most powerful passports?
Well, passports tend to reflect their country's international standing.
That is, countries with mostly positive diplomatic relations tend to have more powerful passports,
because the leaders of those countries have jointly signed on to bilateral visa agreements.
For example Afghan passport holders are extremely limited in where they can travel, as the country
is embroiled in many international conflicts.
According to the 2017 Passport Index, which ranks countries by the number of nations their
citizens can enter without a visa, Singapore has one of the most powerful passports.
Since its founding in 1965, Singapore's foreign policy has been predicated on fostering
as many international friends as possible.
The country took a neutral stance during the Cold War, instead focusing its efforts on
uniting Southeast Asian countries under ASEAN.
Today, the country plays an active role in the United Nations, often standing up to world
powers like the US, China and the UK, to ensure that smaller nations have a say in international affairs.
It even upholds friendly relations with Malaysia, the country it separated from more than 50
years ago amid political and racial tension.
As a result of its good international standing, Singaporean passport holders can travel visa-free
to 156 countries and territories, including all of Europe, a region that is notoriously difficult to gain full access to.
Sweden takes a similar approach to foreign policy, and accordingly, has an equally powerful passport.
Sweden has not fought in an armed conflict since the early 19th century, when it fought
on the losing side of the Napoleonic Wars.
Instead, its military has focused on encouraging countries to disarm, peacekeeping and other support missions.
As a neutral state, Sweden often serves as a protector for less powerful nations, and
a mediator in international disputes.
But the most powerful passport is that of Germany, offering visa-free access to 157 countries and territories.
Germany is arguably one of the world's strongest supporters of global cooperation.
It is a member of many international organizations, and contributes
more net funding to the European Union than any other member country.
Germany takes a leading role in solving global problems, like climate change, nuclear weapons
development and terrorism, and has used much of its own budget to bail out struggling EU
economies like Greece.
But forging friendships with other nations isn't the only way to gain widespread visa-free travel.
Some countries, like China, have seen increased travel freedom simply because their citizens
have on average become wealthier.
In 2015, Japan, South Korea, and the US all eased visa restrictions on Chinese tourists,
presumably because of the economic benefits they would likely bring with them.
The Passport Index also shows that being a citizen of a global superpower is not all
that important to one's travel freedom.
In another study of travel freedom, the United States comes in fourth place, as relations
with countries like Vietnam are still somewhat tense.
In the end, a country's travel freedom is hugely important to its citizens.
The ability to move freely around the world is often correlated to a person's economic
opportunity, upward mobility and general quality of life.
As globalization takes hold, powerful passports are more critical now than ever.
No matter where your passport's from, some countries are notoriously difficult to enter,
especially if you are of a certain nationality.
To find out more about which countries you probably can't visit, check out this video.
Along with Finland, Germany, Sweden and the UK, the U.S. has the most powerful travel
privileges in the world allowing visa-free access to 174 countries.
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哪國護照最好? (These Are The Most Powerful Passports In The World)

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gotony5614.me97 發佈於 2018 年 5 月 20 日    劉宜佳 翻譯    Sabrina Hsu 審核

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究竟哪些國家的護照,可以讓該國人民擁有較大的國際旅行自由度呢?一起來看看影片!

1subject to0:14
subject to 的意思為「受限於」,表示容易受到某物影響,例如 subject to change 即表示「可能會變動」,另外還有餐廳菜單常見 subject to 10% service charge 則是「需加收 10% 服務費」。
We are all subject to sudden changes of fortune, just as the moon is subject to the changes of being full and crescent, cloudy and clear.
人有旦夕禍福,月有陰晴圓缺。


*同場加映:
「夢」可以錄起來嗎 Could We Record Our Dreams?


2embroiled0:44
embroiled 後面常加介系詞 in,意思為「使捲入」、「使牽連」,例如 embroiled in a dispute「捲入爭論」,或是 embroiled in a war「捲入戰爭」。
This would keep us embroiled in Middle East difficulties forever.
這會使我們永無止境地糾纏在中東的困難局面中。


3stand up to1:15
stand up to 的意思為「勇敢面對」,就是當自己或別人遭受不公平待遇時,能夠勇敢挺身而出,例如影片中的 stand up to world powers「面對世界強權」。
He's too weak to stand up to her.
他太軟弱了所以無法抵抗她。


4bail out2:34
bail out 可以表示從監獄中將別人「保釋」出來,而又引伸出「解救」的意思,另外在經濟上則代表「紓困」,就是藉由提供資金來解救瀕臨破產的企業或國家。
He always tries whatever he can to bail his friends out.
他總是盡可能解救朋友。


*同場加映:
冰島到底怎麼了 ? (How Iceland Beat The Banks)


5take hold3:25
take hold 的意思為「生根」、「掌控」,指情況變得穩定或是勢力逐漸茁壯,也有字面上的意思「抓住」,例如抓住繩子 take hold of the rope「抓住繩子」。
Every birthday marks a new beginning and a new chance to take hold on one's life.
每一次的生日都意味著一個新的開端及掌握人生的機會。


原來新加坡、瑞典、德國的護照都這麼好用!也是因為這些國家的政府積極從事友好外交,才能使人民享有許多免簽的福利!

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