Infographic: The world's passports
A passport’s source of value is the extent to which it is acknowledged as an entry permit to jurisdictions around the world.
And while some passports are hardly worth the paper on which they are printed, others are worth their weight in gold (and sometimes a lot more, actually: weighing in at about 25 grams, a Cypriot passport, if you’re buying one, is worth 100 times its weight in gold).
American passports, for example, are in high demand, and for good reason: they afford access to 174 countries and territories around the world, including most of Europe.
Afghan passport-holders, conversely, have visa-free access to only 25 countries (the land beyond the Euphrates not being one of them) and have no choice but to endure byzantine and bureaucratic ordeals to obtain one even to travel their neighbors in Central Asia.
To illustrate the immense disparity between passports in terms of the travel freedom they afford, have a look at the following infographic:
Infographic by Extra Passport