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.

2. Austria

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    The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria, is shown in this May 2006 photo.
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GDP: $377 billion

Debt: $263 billion, or 70 percent of GDP

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