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World’s Most Powerful Passports as of Q3 2019

The Henley Passport Index has released its third quarter ranking of the worldโ€™s most powerful passports in 2019.

The index is compiled from data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and measures global mobility based on visa-free access to destinations. It also uses data from the indexโ€™s 14-year history, โ€œto show how travel mobility has changed over the past decade, looking at which passports have gained in strength and which have fallen behind.โ€

Japan and Singapore hold the worldโ€™s strongest passports, with Visa-free access to 189 destinations. South Korea dropped to second place, joining Germany and Finland with Visa-free access to 187 destinations.

The United Arab Emirates entered the top 20 index for the first time in the listโ€™s 14-year-history, moving up an astonishing 41 spots. Other countries that climbed standings include Taiwan, which climbed 24 places over the past ten years and ranks 30th.

The USA and the UK each dropped to the lowest position theyโ€™ve held since 2010, sharing the sixth spot with Canada, Greece, Norway, Belgium and Ireland.

Pakistan now offers an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to citizens of 50 countries, including Finland, Japan, Malta, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates — but not, notably, the USA or the UK.

Afghanistan is once again at the other end of the rankings, with its citizens needing a prior visa for all but 25 destinations worldwide.

Most Powerful Passports of Q3 2019:
1. Japan, Singapore (189 Destinations)
2. South Korea, Germany, Finland (187)
3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (186)
4. France, Sweden, Spain (185)
5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland (184)
6. Canada, Norway, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, UK, USA (183)
7. Malta (182)
8. Czechia (181)
9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Lithuania (180)
10. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia (179)

The Least Powerful Passports of Q3 2019:

101. Bangladesh, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, North Korea (39 Destinations)
102. Nepal (38)
103. Libya, Palestinian, Sudan (37)
104. Yemen (33)
105. Somalia (31)
106. Pakistan (30)
107. Syria (29)
108. Iraq (27)
109. Afghanistan (25)

Source: Henley Passport Index

Watch ยป A Brief History of Yellowstone National Park

National Geographic put together this brief 4:22 minute video about the epic, strange, and iconic Yellowstone, the world’s first national park.

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Happy Father’s Day ยป Thank God for Weird, Wild, Outdoorsy Dads

To celebrate Father’s Day 2019, Outside Magazine asked its editors to tell them their favourite stories of their dads in the outdoors. Here’s what they had to say.

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The Literal Translation Of Every Country’s Name

Instead of calling countries by their proper names, like “Canada” and “Spain,” this article on Digg calls them by their literal translations. Canada translates to “The Village” and Spain is “Land of Many Rabbits.”

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The Muslim Drink

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Kathmandu, The City of Temples

Exploring some of Nepalโ€™s famous temples and holy sites, including Swayambhu, a hilltop where Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples coexist.

 

Video: Exploring the Beauty of New Zealand’s South Island

A short film by Damien Blue, Bryan Mir, Christie Suchomel and Cody LaPlant.

Down With Adventure

Spending time outdoors has created a unique bond between Melody Buck Forsyth and her daughter Ruby, who was born with Down syndrome.

Through their goal to visit all 61 national parks, the family hopes to inspire others.

Thank you to REI for producing this video.

10 Years After He Started, Norman Surplus Has Begun His Last Leg of His Around-the-World Journey in his Autogyro

norman surplus in his gyrocopter

From the BBC:

Nearly 10 years after he first began his mission, it was fitting that Norman Surplus left from his home town of Larne.

Mr Surplus will fly across Russia and complete what would be the first circumnavigation of the world in an autogyro.

On Monday, he took to the skies.

In August 2015, when he landed back in Larne, he set the record for single-handedly piloting his autogyro across the Atlantic Ocean.

He had previously flown across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

However, due to flight path restrictions imposed by Russia he was not able to fly across that country and complete the circumnavigation of the world.

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The Guardian – 2015 article: Around the world in an autogyro: cancer survivor attempts a global first

Most Expensive Countries To Live In 2019

According to CEOWORLD Magazine:

1.๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
2.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland
3.๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
4.๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas
5.๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg
6.๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan
7.๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
8.๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
9.๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
10.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland
11.๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
12.๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
13.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
14.๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium
15.๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland

More interesting world ranking stats here.

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