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Countries with a AAA Credit Rating

Name the countries that have a AAA credit rating with all three of the main credit-rating agencies.
As of January 2019
Standard & Poors, Fitch, and Moody's
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First submittedDecember 22, 2014
Last updatedJanuary 6, 2019
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Country
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Germany
Luxembourg
Country
Netherlands
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
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level 69
Jun 21, 2016
Not so hard :)
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level 77
Jun 22, 2016
got them all just guessing
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level 58
Feb 18, 2019
Same. I don't even know what AAA means.
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level 70
Feb 18, 2019
Opposite of Venezuela or Greece. Creditworthy on the national government level.
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level 43
Feb 18, 2019
Haha agree, I assumed it just meant wealthy and I guessed pretty well
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level 63
Feb 18, 2019
Like I'm sure others will tell you, it's the rating a country is given related its ability to deal with its broken down motorists. Those countries, of course, must continue to pay a $55 annual fee to maintain its membership.
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level 75
Jun 27, 2016
Fun and quick, thanks
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level 66
Jul 7, 2016
One Brexit ago, UK would be also here. Now their rating went from AAA to A-Ha-Ha.
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level ∞
Jul 8, 2016
Not true. This quiz was made prior to Brexit.
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level 53
Aug 15, 2016
Yes but still very funny comment
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level 67
Aug 17, 2016
He who laughs last laughs longest.
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level 45
Aug 17, 2016
haha
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level 8
Aug 17, 2016
I like your joke, so true. AAA meme.
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level 79
Aug 1, 2016
Interesting. USA missed via an AA+ rating from S&P.
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level ∞
Aug 2, 2016
Which is kind of ridiculous. If the US government defaults, it's going to bring other governments down with it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_Woods_system

These same credit rating agencies had a large role in the financial crisis due to how they over-rated mortgage-backed securities. I'd take anything they say with a heavy grain of salt.

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level 68
Aug 15, 2016
The downgrading of America by S&P was not due to America's inability to pay or even it's national debt. It was due to the political possibility that Congress wouldn't pass a budget that paid for debts that Congress had already approved.
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level 51
Aug 16, 2016
Yeah, not so much the idea that the US won't pay their debts, but the fact that any other country's debt should be rated higher. If the US were to default it would cause shockwaves effecting all of those countries, presumably quite substantially
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level 76
Feb 18, 2019
Right. They were AAA up until Republicans in Congress started shutting down the government or refusing the raise the debt ceiling whenever they didn't get everything they wanted all the time. Paying the tab for expenses already incurred did not use to be something controversial in the US. This is even more stupid than it appears at first blush when you consider the fact that, by not raising the debt ceiling or failing to approve a budget (purportedly in the name of stopping government waste), they triggered a downgrade in the American credit rating, which raises the interest rates that the country pays on its debt, which could end up costing billions of dollars in increased interest payments (in other words, for absolutely nothing).
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level 70
Feb 18, 2019
If the US Government were to default on its debt, the world economy will be in a shambles; either as a cause of or as a result of that default. Either way, it's terrible, terrible news with enormous ripple effects we do not want or need to explore. The US Government obligation yield curve forms the base benchmark rates essentially for all other borrowing. The investors in these bonds is basically every American and nearly every other person in even moderately developed economies abroad. These investors have obligations that must be met - and a default in US government bonds would basically freeze debt issuance (and economies) everywhere else. The 2011 downgrade by S&P occurred when lawmakers were playing chicken on raising the debt ceiling - a necessary step at that time to roll over maturing debt and fund a deficit. A technical default would have resulted if the law hadn't passed. The result at that time might not have been cataclysmic but it is very thin ice regardless.
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level 61
Feb 20, 2019
Shutting down the government was a consequence of both parties not working together. It is neither a Republican only or Democrat only problem.
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level 76
Feb 22, 2019
^ baloney. When Congress unanimously agrees on a spending bill (something that in the past was never controversial and presidents would always sign as a matter of procedure and of course), and then the Republican president refuses to sign it because the spending bill does not include funding for his moronic pet project that no serious person wants and he promised Mexico would pay for anyway, and the Republican president goes on TV to announce that he's going to proudly shut down the government to try and force Congress to give him his stupid ego project, and Republican Mitch McConnell in the Senate then refuses to allow a vote on the budget, even though it would definitely pass, because the president asked him not to bring it to a vote, and then after a month of having the government shut down they easily pass through a spending bill which contains even less funding for border barriers than it did originally and the president signs it because the shut down his party started didn't work
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level 76
Feb 22, 2019
... that is not a bipartisan shut down.

The 2011 debt ceiling crisis was also entirely the Republican's fault. Before, raising the debt ceiling was always a matter of course, just like presidents signing budgets that had been unanimously passed through Congress was always a matter of course. But Congressional GOP members decided it wise to try and hold the government hostage, refusing to pay for things that had already been voted on and passed. They claimed it was because they were concerned about deficit spending and were demanding cuts to certain programs they didn't like, but, as pointed out above, this was beyond stupid as this pointless brinkmanship ended up raising the interest rate the US was paying, costing them way more.
Democrats have used the debt ceiling in the past for political maneuvering, but they were never dumb enough to let it go so far that it resulted in a credit downgrade for the country that we'd be paying for for decades.
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level 73
Aug 15, 2016
Hopefully New Zealand finds its way back onto this list.
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level 63
Aug 15, 2016
Splendid quiz, thanks! Missed 2 though :-(
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level 60
Aug 15, 2016
No sign of Vatican City?! Guess all those Sistine paintings must be falling in value. Need to increase collection plate offerings next Sunday!
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level 66
Feb 18, 2019
Yeah, and what about Monaco?
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level 51
Feb 18, 2019
Too small to be worth rating
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level 49
Aug 15, 2016
There are not so many countries I can guess. Easy.
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level 47
Aug 16, 2016
Did it with 2:02 left by complete guessing!
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level 30
Apr 24, 2017
No-brainer!
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level 59
Nov 12, 2017
thought Liechtenstein would be in there too
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level ∞
Nov 13, 2017
They are only rated by 1 of the 3 agencies.
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level ∞
Feb 18, 2019
Plus, you ever borrow money from a Liechtensteiner? I wouldn't recommend it if you want to get paid back.
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level ∞
Feb 18, 2019
Still better than Belgians though.
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level 67
Feb 18, 2019
Yeesh. First the French stole their fries; now this.
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level 57
Feb 18, 2019
If you borrow money from a Liechtensteiner you don't have to pay it back? Where are the Liechtensteiners I can borrow money from?
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level 82
Jul 29, 2018
Please mind euphony.
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level 53
Feb 18, 2019
Not a bad argument for the Protestant work ethic (excluding Singapore).
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level 57
Feb 18, 2019
These are all fairly secular countries. Also Canada has more Catholics than Protestants.
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level 65
Apr 24, 2019
But that’s only due to Quebec, whose inhabitants are notoriously lazy.
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level 70
Feb 18, 2019
Shouldn't it be "Countries with an AAA Credit Rating"?
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level 48
Feb 18, 2019
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level 44
Feb 18, 2019
It is said out loud as "countries with a triple-A credit rating"
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level 70
Feb 18, 2019
Thanks!
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level 77
Feb 18, 2019
Orthography is irrelevant, only the phoneme matters.
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level 70
Feb 18, 2019
I knew that, but somehow didn't consider the "triple A" thing.
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level 45
Feb 19, 2019
Fun Fact: AAA is the sound I make when I fall down a well.