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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.

- Mary Helen MillerCorrespondent

A photographer takes a picture of black tusk next to an inukshuk on the peak of Whistler mountain in Whistler, British Columbia, Aug. 4, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press / AP )

3. Canada

GDP: $1.6 trillion

Debt: $1.3 trillion, or 84 percent of GDP

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