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A look at best, worst rated countries in the world

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The assessment of a country's creditworthiness is an art, not a science; a government's willingness to pay may be just as important as its ability to do so, according to The Economist.

It is partly down to a country's history of meeting its obligations and partly down to the nature of its creditors, it says.

Let's take a look at best and worst rated countries in the world.

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The United States

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AA+

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 7.0 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 107.2 per cent

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The United Kingdom

Moody's rating: Aa1

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 8.3 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 88.7 per cent

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Australia

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 1.3 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 27.1 per cent

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Canada

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 3.7 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 99.0 per cent

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Singapore

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: 1.1 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 106.2 per cent

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Hong Kong

Moody's rating: Aa1

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AA+

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: 1.0 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 33.1 per cent

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Japan

Moody's rating: Aa3

S&P rating: AA-

Fitch rating: A+

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 9.8 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 236.6 per cent

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South Korea

Moody's rating: Aa3

S&P rating: A+

Fitch rating: AA-

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: 1.7 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 33.5 per cent

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Taiwan

Moody's rating: Aa3

S&P rating: AA-

Fitch rating: A+

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 2.3 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 41.7 per cent

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New Zealand

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AA

Fitch rating: AA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 6.5 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 38.6 per cent

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France

Moody's rating: Aa1

S&P rating: AA+

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 4.5 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 90.0 per cent

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Germany

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: 0.1 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 83.0 per cent

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Switzerland

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: 0.0 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 46.7 per cent

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Sweden

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: 0.0 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 37.1 per cent

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Spain

Moody's rating: Baa3

S&P rating: BBB-

Fitch rating: BBB

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 8.0 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 90.7 per cent

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Slovenia

Moody's rating: Baa2

S&P rating: A-

Fitch rating: A-

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 4.0 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 53.2 per cent

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Portugal

Moody's rating: Ba3

S&P rating: BB

Fitch rating: BB+

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 5.1 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 119.1 per cent

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Poland

Moody's rating: A2

S&P rating: A-

Fitch rating: A-

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 3.7 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 55.1 per cent

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Norway

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: 13.8 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 49.6 per cent

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The Netherlands

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 4.1 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 68.2 per cent

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Mexico

Moody's rating: Baa1

S&P rating: BBB

Fitch rating: BBB

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 2.4 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 43.1 per cent

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Luxembourg

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 1.1 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 21.7 per cent

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Italy

Moody's rating: Baa2

S&P rating: BBB+

Fitch rating: A-

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 3.0 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 126.3 per cent

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Hungary

Moody's rating: Ba1

S&P rating: BB

Fitch rating: BB+

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 2.8 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 74.0 per cent

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Finland

Moody's rating: Aaa

S&P rating: AAA

Fitch rating: AAA

Budget balance as per cent of GDP: Minus 1.9 per cent

Debt as per cent of GDP: 52.6 per cent


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