Following the Schengen visa report, it was stated that the number of issued short-stay exceeded 14.2 million, apart from the 66,000 visas issued at the external borders of the Schengen zone.
The interesting part about the report is it states that after the receival of 16 million visa application, with almost a quarter being issued by France, only 9% were declined. The short-stay Schengen visa allows its holder to stay up to 90 days within a 180-days period, where visa-holders are only free to travel among the 26 Schengen zone countries.
As for the lucky Canadian, US, and Carribean passport holders, they can enjoy a visa-free access to all the Schengen zone countries, as well as other EU countries including the UK. You can also enjoy a visa-free access to all of the schengen zone countries by holding a Carribbean passport. The following are some of the programs that also achieve that: