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Which countries have a higher credit rating than the US?

When Standard & Poor's downgraded the US from its AAA status to AA+ on Aug. 5, it knocked just one country off a lengthy list. Now, there are 18 nations with AAA credit ratings. Calculations of GDP and government gross debt are from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 2010. The US had a GDP of about $14.6 trillion in 2010, the IMF estimates. Its debt, of about $13 trillion, is roughly 92 percent of its GDP. Data were not available for the small, AAA-rated sovereignties of Lichtenstein, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.

And missing from the list? Some of the US's top economic competitors.

By Mary Helen Miller, Correspondent


An television journalist looks at a display board shortly after the local market opened at the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney August 5, 2011. Australian stocks sank over 4 percent in opening trade that day, after worries about European sovereign debt and weakness in the US economy hammered stock markets from Europe to Wall Street.

Tim Wimborne / Reuters / File

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1. Australia

GDP: $1.2 trillion

Debt: $276 billion, or 22 percent of GDP


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