This Is Why I’d Gladly Trade In My U.S. Passport For One From Finland

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It’s true, my American passport may be slightly more useful to me, but the Finnish passport is officially my favorite one in the world. Why, might you ask? Simple, when’s the last time my U.S. passport did anything even slightly entertaining for me? (And no, including historical quotes from the nation’s founders does not count.)

You see, back in August, 2012, Finland introduced a new design for their passport, which included a number of new security features. In true Finnish style, they snuck in a little-noticed security feature that doubled as an homage to one of their county’s favorite animals: the moose.

However, this moose has some moves, as seen above, when ones flips the passport’s pages flipbook-style.

Will the U.S. respond by integrating something similar, such as the likeness of Benjamin Franklin for their next design (maybe involving a kite and lighting)? One can only hope.

By Matt Stabile



Matt Stabile Bio PictureMatt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Expeditioner. The Expeditioner was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New York City. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos or contact him at any time at (@TheExpeditioner)

  • titietrominet

    awesome !

  • Good for you, Matt. I recently voted Finland as having the “world’s most valuable passport” on my site. That puts it about 15 ranks above the US passport.

    • MattStabile

      Ha, harsh, you really don’t like the US passport that much?

  • I had to immediately go and check my passport. But unfortunately, It seems that I renewed it in 2011. :( No moose!

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