As noted in the last post, there is a page for each country in the CIA World Factbook. All have maps and and cover the same categories of facts. Additionally, there are a handful of photographs on some nations’ pages.
What is good about these is this statement that you find accompanying each thumbnail photo you click on:
Factbook photos – obtained from a wide variety of sources – are in the public domain and are copyright free.
But there are several odd things about these photos. The first is the absence of any reason why some countries have them and some don’t. For example, there are 15 photos of Jordan, and none of Iran or Iraq, 10 of Libya and none of Ethiopia, 11 each of Albania and Croatia, and none of Ukraine, Romania, or Bulgaria. The other is that by and large, these are tourist brochure shots: pyramids in Egypt, lions in Kenya.
But they are in the public domain, and it can be hard to find public domain photos of places outside the US since the understanding that photos taken by Federal employees on the job belong to the public is not an opinion globally shared.
So let’s start our world tour by meandering through Central Europe and the Balkans.
ALBANIA, CROATIA, SLOVENIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA