One Photo From Every Country
I visited every country in the world, and picked one photo from each and every one of them. 198 photos, in other words. You can see them all here, listed alphabetically per continent. #picture198countries
It all started as a competition on my Instagram profile, tagged with #picture198countries. I asked people to guess which country each photograph was from, and accumulated almost 4,000 answers and over 21,000 likes. Thanks for taking part! Most of the photos were snapped by myself or by someone using my camera. Quite a few have also been photographed by others, in which case they should be credited (if I have forgotten, please let me know). I didn’t plan to visit every country in the world until 2008, when I had been to about 85 countries, so the quality of the cameras I brought along has been rather questionable – and more often than not limited to mobile cameras. Some photos were also lost due to questionable storing strategies. And I am finally not much of a photographer, but this is what I’ve got.
At least you will get a glimpse of every country in the world through these 198 photos (plus 2 bonus pictures from Antarctica). That’s a bloody good start, and will hopefully trigger your wanderlust as well.It might even inspire you to take part in The Country Challenge. Scroll down, or enter the photo gallery by clicking on one of the photos and click your way through.
In either way, here you go. This is probably the first place where you can find a photo from every country all in one internet article. Some sort of a claim to fame, at last. And if that doesn’t do it for you, feel free to check out my book “198: How I Ran Out of Countries” where I allegedly have deftly woven my experiences into a story that takes the reader on an emotive ride and establishes a connection with me and my quest (yeah, this was written by marketing people and is taken from the back cover of the book). Expect outrageous tales grouped in original themes, complete with own chapters for every country, it also says.
Europe (47 countries)
There are 47 countries in Europe. Two of them, Russia and Turkey, are also in Asia. I count Russia as European as Moscow, the capital and biggest city is located there. Most of Turkey is located in Asia, but the biggest city by far is primarily located in Europe, and I therefore count Turkey as European. Cyprus is geographically near Asia, but it is culturally relatively European and a member of
the EU. I count Cyprus as European.
Africa (55 countries)
There are 55 countries in Africa. No other continents can match that number.
Asia (47 countries)
You will find 47 countries in Asia too. Note that I count Russia and Turkey as European, see above.
MALDIVES: Oh, the colours.
Oceania (14 countries)
There are 14 countries in Oceania. This is the smallest continent in terms of land area, but the island nations stretch across a vast area of the Pacific Ocean.
North America (23 countries)
There are 23 countries on this particular continent. Not only the US of A, contrary to popular belief.
South America (12 countries)
There are only 12 countries in South America. That makes it the continent with the fewest countries.
Antarctica (0 countries)
The only uninhabited continent does naturally come with any countries. But it certainly deserves a visit. And a photo. Let’s call it a bonus.