The New Zealand passport is rated highly for quality of life in the Global Passport Index, but lower for travel benefits and overseas investment opportunities.

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The New Zealand passport is rated highly for quality of life in the Global Passport Index, but lower for travel benefits and overseas investment opportunities.

There is a new passport index in town and this one doesn’t give New Zealand such a high rating.

The New Zealand passport has been one of the top performers in the Passport and Henley Passport indices for some time, ranking number one on the first in July 2021 before being relegated to second place by the United Arab Emirates later in the the year. Meanwhile, our little black book came in sixth place together with Belgium and Switzerland on the latest Henley index.

The new index from UK and Portugal-based immigration consultancy Global Citizens Solutions does things a little differently, noting passports just on the number of countries their holders can visit without a visa or visa on arrival. , but also on the quality of life and investment opportunities. The data is gleaned from organizations such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the Sustainable Development Forum.

The travel benefits that a passport gives its holder are the most important (50%), while quality of life and investment opportunities each contribute 25% of the total score.

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New Zealand ranked 10th overall, scoring high for quality of life, but lower for travel benefits and investment opportunities.

The United States is said to have the most powerful passport in the world, ranking fourth overall in the investment category, 10th for travel benefits and 23rd for quality of life.

“Global positioning, balancing good performance in each category, pushes the United States to the top spot,” said Global Citizens Solutions… “Although the quality of life index may be lower than what one might imagine at first by the investment opportunities in the country.

Germany is said to have the second most powerful passport, followed by Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Finland and Norway.

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Aotearoa ranked seventh for quality of life, which considered cost of living, levels of happiness and freedom, sustainable development goals, environmental performance and acceptance of migrants. The cost of living in New Zealand was rated as “very high”, but the country scored well for freedom, happiness and environmental performance.

Sweden tops the quality of life category, with Global Citizens Solutions Managing Director Patricia Casaburi saying “a great deal of importance is placed on social equality and an emphasis on the importance given to life away from the office and a healthy work-life balance.

“Starting in kindergarten, there is 16 months of paid family leave that can be shared between the couple after the birth of a new child, with free child care also available. ”

The Kiwi Passport came in 29th in the travel benefits category with holders able to visit 171 countries visa-free or with an electronic visa or visa on arrival. Singapore leads the pack in this regard, with access to 174 countries, followed by Spain, Finland, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

In the investment category, which ranks the strength of passports for investment opportunities, New Zealand ranked 25th. Singapore was number one on this list, followed by Hong Kong, Macau, United States, United Arab Emirates, Monaco, Qatar, Andorra, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. New Zealand did well for global competitiveness (or markets and innovation) in this category, but its gross national income (GNI) per capita of $ 44 and its personal tax rate of 33% prevented her from appearing in the top 20 in this category.

Global Citizens Solutions said that leaders in the investment category tend to have stable economic, political and social systems that make it easier for foreigners to do business.

The company said Singapore likely tops the investment and travel benefit categories because “the city-state is very accepting of expats and entrepreneurs looking to expand into the Asian market. Indeed, Singapore is a financial cornerstone for trade. Alongside this, there is a progressive legal and regulatory framework and extremely well-developed infrastructures ”.

Global power ranking of the Global Passport Index

  1. United States
  2. Germany
  3. Canada
  4. Netherlands
  5. Denmark
  6. Sweden
  7. UK
  8. Finland
  9. Norway
  10. New Zealand