There are now eighteen nations with a better long-term sovereign credit rating than the U.S. – following the stunning decision by Standard & Poor’s to downgrade U.S. government debt.

 

These are the countries which still have the highest, most pristine debt rating from S&P:
Austria
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Guernsey (a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel)
Hong Kong
Isle of Mann (a self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea)
Liechtenstein
Norway
Netherlands
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom