Sovereign Country S&P Rating and equivalent FICO Credit Score


Here is a speculative comparison of the common credit score of the individual person (FICO) and the S&P rated countries (sovereigns) of the world.

As one can see, the United States, with it’s ‘world-reserve-currency’ is now below 19 other Sovereigns in credit security.

Used Standard and Poors data, and Wikipedia credit rating for help with the chart and a portion of the countries’ rating.


Extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments

AAA (800+) Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom
High grade
Very strong capacity to meet financial commitments

AA+ (750-799) Belgium, New Zealand, United States

AA Abu Dhab, Bermuda, Chile, Kuwait, Qatar, Slovenia, Spain

AA- China, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan
Upper medium grade
Strong capacity to meet financial commitments

A+ (700-749) Czech Republic, Italy, Korea, Slovak Republic

A Andorra, Botswana, Estonia, Malaysia, Malta, Oman, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago

A- Aruba, Mexico
Lower medium grade
Adequate capacity to meet financial commitments

BBB+ (650-699) Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Cyprus, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Peru, Russia

BBB Bahrain, Lithuania, Morocco, Tunisia

BBB- Barbados, Croatia, Hungary, Iceland, India, Montserrat, Panama, Portugal, Romania,
Non-investment grade speculative
Less vulnerable in the near-term but faces major ongoing uncertainties

BB+ (600-649) Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, Latvia, Macedonia, Philippines, Turkey, Uruguay

BB Montenegro, Serbi, Vietnam

BB- Angola, Bangladesh, Cook Islands, El Salvador, Gabonese Republic, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Ukraine, Venezuela
Highly speculative
More vulnerable to adverse business, financial and economic conditions

B+ (550-599) Albania, Bolivia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Nigeria, Paraguay, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia

B Argentina, Benin, Fiji Islands, Ghana, Honduras, Lebanon

B- Belize, Jamaica, Pakistan
Substantial risks
Currently vulnerable and dependent on favorable economic conditions

CCC+ (500-549) No Countries

CCC No Countries

CCC- No Countries
Extremely speculative
Currently highly vulnerable

CC (499 or less) Hellenic Republic, Greece

In default with little prospect for recovery
Currently highly vulnerable obligations

C No Countries
In default
Payment default on financial commitments

D No Countries

Credit to: ‘Be informed’ for data collection

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