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June 23

1940: Henry Larsen, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was the second to sail the Northwest Passage, crossing west to east, having left Vancouver 23 June 1940 and arriving at Halifax on 11 October 1942.

The best passport to have

The Henley Passport Index measures how powerful these national identifications are based on how many countries citizens can access without a visa.

In its latest ranking, Japan takes the top spot with the country’s passport-holders being able to access 189 nations without a visa.

After five years sitting at the top, Germany is now tied in second place with Singapore for visa-free access to 188 countries.

  1. Japan (189 countries can be visited without a visa)
  2. Germany, Singapore (188)
  3. Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Sweden (187)
  4. Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States (186)
  5. Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland (185)
  6. Australia, Greece (183)
  7. Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand (182)
  8. Iceland (181)
  9. Hungary, Malaysia, Slovenia (180)
  10. Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia (179)

The index is based on data collected through the International Air Transport Association.

Read More: Global News, Conde Nast Traveler

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