Is being a US citizen & holding a US passport so good as it's made out, as opposed to being a member of a smaller nation like New Zealand?

In terms of the population size of all the countries in the world, the US ranks as number 3 after China and India with its 328 million people.

Therefore, being a large nation and people, could it be also be accurately said that there is nothing particularly special, niche, unique, chic or exclusive in being an American, as opposed to being a member of a smaller nation and people such as New Zealand with its 4.5 million?

In addition, the NZ passport is one of the most powerful in the world and often ranks above the US one. This is also alongside other smaller nations like Singapore and the UAE.      

Widening the scope here a bit with its 59 million people, although their passport has less power, can being a South African citizen offer a certain amount of prestige, being a medium sized country between Canada and the UK? There are also less of them around in both relative and absolute terms.    

Similarly, other countries such as Australia and Israel are well known, so can it be best to be a member of and play a part in a large or smaller country, even if they have less of their passports in global circulation?                   

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  • 1 month ago
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    Every country has its advantages & disadvantages, strengths & weaknesses. And something must be said for remaining in your country of citizenship as that's "home" with family & friends, familiar language & culture, and a whole lot more. Moving never solves your problems - those are the real baggage you carry with you everywhere.

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  • Foofa
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    1 month ago

    At this moment you may be the only one who's "made out" that a US passport is some panacea. Just having a large population doesn't mean everything on the ground is ducky. Having friends in New Zealand, the lifestyle there does seem more placid than in the US. But minor inconveniences like not always being able to get your Amazon order the same day are frequent complaints I hear. At the end of the day those with the means to have options of where to live will generally find the place that works best for them. No two people have exactly the same desires or priorities. 

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  • ?
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    1 month ago

    Its not really about the number of passports, or the exclusivity of holding one. The primary purpose of a passport is international travel, so its down to the number of borders that are open to various passports. In those terms, the US and New Zealand are fairly similar, with 184 and 183 destinations respectively. This isnt too far behind the best paasport, Japan's with 191 accessible countries. 

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