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Lake Balaton at Tihany, Hungary
Lake Balaton at Tihany, Hungary. Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe.
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Location map of Hungary
Flag of Hungary
Flag of Hungary
Destination Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe, that is bordered by Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

With an area of 93,028 km², the country is about the size of Portugal, or about the same size as the U.S. state of Indiana.

Hungary has a population of almost 10 million people (in 2015), official language is Hungarian.

Largest city and the national capital is Budapest (1.8 million). Major cities in Hungary are: Debrecen (115,000), the nation's second largest city and the regional center of the Northern Great Plain region. Miskolc (109,000) an industrial city in northeastern Hungary. Szeged (104,000) on the banks of Tisza river is the regional center of the Southern Great Plain, the city is famous for its University of Szeged.

Republic of Hungary | Magyar Koztarsasag

Country Profile

Hungary was part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I. The country fell under communist rule following World War II.
In 1956, a revolt and announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. In the more open GORBACHEV years, Hungary led the movement to dissolve the Warsaw Pact and steadily shifted toward multiparty democracy and a market-oriented economy.
Following the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Hungary developed close political and economic ties to Western Europe. It joined NATO in 1999 and is a frontrunner in a future expansion of the EU.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)


Official Name:
Magyar Koztarsasag
short form: Magyarország
int'l long form: Republic of Hungary
int'l short form: Hungary

ISO Country Code: hu, hun

Time Zone: Central European Time (CET)
Actual Time: Fri-June-14  23:49
Local Time = UTC +1h (Summer: UTC +2)

Country Calling Code: +36

Capital City: Budapest (est. pop. 2 million)

Other Cities:
Debrecen (220,000); Miskolc (208,000); Szeged (189,000); Pecs (183,000).

Type: Republic.
Constitution: August 20, 1949. Substantially rewritten in 1989, amended in 1990.

Location: Central Europe, northwest of Romania.
Area: 93,028 km² (35,918 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Mostly flat, with low mountains in the north and northeast and north of Lake Balaton.

Climate: Temperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers.

Nationality: Hungarian(s).
Population: 9.8 million (2015)
Ethnic groups: Magyar 92%, Romany 4% (est.), German 2%, Slovak 1%, others 1%.
Religions: Roman Catholic 68%, Calvinist 21%, Lutheran 4%, Jewish 1%, others, including Baptist Adventist, Pentecostal, Unitarian 3%.
Languages: Magyar 98%, other 2%.
Literacy: 99%.

Natural resources: Bauxite, coal, natural gas, fertile soils, arable land.

Agriculture products: Wheat, corn, sunflower seed, potatoes, sugar beets; pigs, cattle, poultry, dairy products.

Industries: Mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles.

Exports - commodities: machinery and equipment 53.5%, other manufactures 31.2%, food products 8.7%, raw materials 3.4%, fuels and electricity 3.9% (2012 est.)

Exports - partners: Germany 28%, Romania 5.4%, Slovakia 5.1%, Austria 5%, Italy 4.8%, France 4.7%, UK 4%, Czech Republic 4% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment 45.4%, other manufactures 34.3%, fuels and electricity 12.6%, food products 5.3%, raw materials 2.5% (2012)

Imports - partners: Germany 25.8%, China 6.7%, Austria 6.6%, Poland 5.5%, Slovakia 5.3%, France 5%, Czech Republic 4.8%, Netherlands 4.6%, Italy 4.5% (2015)

Currency: Forint (HUF)

Hungary in Figures
More Hungary statistical data.

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Official Sites of Hungary

Hungarian Parliament
Information System of the Hungarian National Assembly.

Miniszterelnöki Hivatal
Office of the Prime Minister.

Nemzeti Kulturális Örökség Minisztérium
Ministry of Culture and Education (in Hungarian)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
MOFA Hungary with comprehensive information about the ministry and Hungary.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of Hungary in the U.S.
Washington D.C.
Hungary's Diplomatic Missions Abroad
List of Hungarian Missions Abroad.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Hungary
List of Foreign Missions in Hungary.

Központi Statisztikai Hivatal
Hungarian Central Statistics Office.
Hungary in Figures
Hungary key statistical data.


Map of Hungary
Political Map of Hungary.
Administrative Map of Hungary
Map showa the 19 Hungarian counties and their capitals.
Google Earth Google Earth Map of Hungary
Searchable map and satellite view of Hungary.
Google Earth Google Earth Map of Budapest
Searchable map and satellite view of Hungary's capital city Budapest.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.

Hungarian Parliament Building on the bank of the Danube in Budapest
Hungarian Parliament Building on the bank of the Danube in Budapest.
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Magyar Távirati Iroda Rt.
Hungarian News Agency.
Hungarian news site.

Budapest Times
National and international news.
Budapest Week
Budapest Online magazine.
Hungarian Free Press
English-language non-partisan online news source.
The Hungarian Quarterly
English-language journal.

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Arts & Culture

cultural reference C3
Center For Culture & Communication.
Hungarian Culture Homepage
Offers data from 2 500 cultural organisations.

National Szechenyi Library
The National Library.

Sziget Festival
Best of world music.
Victor Vasarely
Vasarely was a Hungarian-French artist, known as the "grandfather" and leader of the op art movement.

Hungarian National Gallery
The country's national art museum.
Hungarian National Museum
Museum about the history and the cultural heritage of the country.
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
The museum has a number of collections of Ancient Egyptian art, Classical antiquities, and old master paintings.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Contemporary art and culture in the city of Dunaújváros.

Holocaust Museum Budapest
To the Memory of the Victims of the Hungarian Holocaust.

Vasarely sculpture in Pécs, Hungary
Vasarely sculpture in the city of Pécs in Hungary.
Image: Váradi Zsolt


Business & Economy

Magyar Nemzeti Bank
National Bank of Hungary

Budapest Stock Exchange

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Budapest


Malév Hungarian Airlines
Malév was the flag carrier and principal airline of Hungary from 1946 to 2012. The airline ceased operations on 3 February 2012.
CityLine Hungary
Hungarian charter airline with its hub at Budapest Ferihegy International Airport.
Sólyom Hungarian Airways
Hungarian airline founded in 2013 after Malév Hungarian Airlines ceased operations. Until now (2017) there is no service by the airline.
Travel Service (Hungary)
Airline based in Budapest, a sister airline of Travel Service Czech Republic.
Wizz Air
Hungarian low-cost airline.

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
Budapest's international airport formerly known as Ferihegy International Airport.

The Hungarian Railways.
MAV railroad connection

Asotthalom 	prohibition sign
"Message to Illegal Immigrants from Hungary"
Prohibition sign propagated by the mayor of Asotthalom, a village in Csongrád County, Hungary.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Hungary - Country Guides

The Hungarian Tourism Agency provides travel and tourism information.

Comprehensive Hungary portal site with country information.

Hungarian Home Page
A guide to regions, cities and towns.

Györ-Moson-Sopron Region
Official website of the Gyor-Moson-Sopron County.

City Guide
Web site of the Tourism Office of Budapest provides travel and tourism information the capital city.


Education & Sience

Central European University
Social sciences and humanities
Semmelweis University of Medical Sciences
Official website with information about its faculties.
Technical University of Budapest
The official website of the university.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Hungarian science.
Konkoly Observatory
Want to know something about variable stars?

Environment & Nature

Hungarian Environmental Portal, it serves also as a non-profit green news-agency.
Greenpeace Hungary
Hungarian section of Greenpeace.
The site provides information in Hungarian, German, Slovak and English on the state of the environment of the West and North Transdanubian regions.
Magyar Természetvédök Szövetsége
Friends of Earth Hungary (in Hungarian).
Environmental Protection Society (in Hungarian).


Hortobagy, Hungary
Sweep Well at Hortobagy
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Corvinus Library - Hungarian History
Comprehensive source of Hungary's History.
István Lázár: Hungary - A Brief History
Extensive disquisition on Hungary's history.


Open Directory Project: Hungary

Sources and additional Information on Hungary

BBC Country Profile: Hungary

EU member countries: Hungary

GlobalEDGE: Hungary

OEC: Hungary

Wikipedia: Hungary

The World Factbook -- Hungary
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