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


This Is Why Id Gladly Trade In My U.S. Passport For One From Finland

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

This Is Why Id Gladly Trade In My U.S. Passport For One From Finland

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This Is Why Id Gladly Trade In My U.S. Passport For One From FinlandMatt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at TheExpeditioner.com. (@TheExpeditioner)


Published on January 21, 2014

  • http://www.nomadcapitalist.com/ Nomad Capitalist

    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?

  • http://akwaabagoldentours.com/ AkwaabaGolden

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