A passport allows you to fly out of your country and visit any other country in the world. It is also proof of your nationality. While the passport of each country has a distinct look and design, the passports of a few countries would make you wish that you were born there! The designs and innovation of certain passports would surely leave you amazed. Here we have compiled some of the coolest looking passports from around the world.
New Zealand Passport
The front cover of the passport is black in color with the silver colored New Zealand Coat of Arms printed at the center. On the outer edges of both sides of the passport cover, you can find embossed silver ferns. The New Zealand passport reflects the story of how the early navigators travelled to New Zealand across the sea.
Each page of the passport takes us through the different levels of the journey. In the beginning, New Zealand is shown below the horizon. As we move towards the end of the passport, you would be able to see the harbor, rivers and the mountains. The navigational techniques used can also be seen throughout the pages. The passport of New Zealand is a metaphor of travel and navigation, and combines the traditional and modern really well.
Norway wins hands down when it comes to the coolest passport in the world. Designed by Neue Design Studio, the passport is issued in three colors; white for immigrants, turquoise for diplomats and red for standard passports. In the inner pages of the passport, the natural landscape of Norway is depicted in a simplistic way with mountains and a lake in pastel shades. But what takes the award is the UV light trick. When the inner pages of the passport are exposed to UV lights, they glow to depict a night time scene in green, indigo and purple colors. You can also see a bright shining star in the background.
The passport of Finland looks elegant and regal with its burgundy color and the symbol of the Finnish Coat of Arms at the center of the cover. Apart from making it possible for the residents of Finnish to travel abroad, it also provides entertainment. The passport of Finland can also be used as a flipbook. The inner pages of the passport have the image of a moose. What’s unique is that rather than standing at the same place in all the pages, the location of the moose is different in each. With every page, the moose moves a little ahead. So when you flip through the passport, it would look as the moose is moving ahead. This is really different from the stationery images very commonly seen in passports. This way, the Finnish have added a security measure to their passport in an aesthetic manner.
The Swiss passport, designed by Gottschalk and Ash (Swiss-Canadian design agency), is red in color with overlapping and embossed Swiss crosses on the front page. On the front cover, ‘Swiss passport’ is written in five languages in white Helevetica font. The white cross is replicated in each of the inner pages at the center. But the highlight of the passport is the colorful geometric patterns around the cross. Each page also has an historical significant image on its left or right corner. The Swiss passport truly reflects the history and culture of the country.
Designed by Henrique Cayatte, the Portuguese passport has a deep red color. The image of Coat-of-Arms is printed in golden color along with 12 golden stars taken from the European flag. The specialty of this passport is that only Portuguese language is used to write on the cover of the passport. Other official languages of EU are provided in the inside pages of the passport. The cover also has an invisible ink print which can be seen only when the passport comes under the ultraviolet light. The emblem of the Portuguese Coat of Arms is printed on every inner page in the form of a watermark.
Among the passports of all countries around the world, these five stand apart for their innovation and creativity. While being aesthetically beautiful, they also reflect and represent the history, culture and traditions of their countries.