Hungary

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Location: Eastern Europe

Bordering Countries: Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

Capital City: Budapest

Other Main Cities: Debrecen, Lago Balatón, Bükki, Szentendre, Siófok, Szeged, Eger, Sopron, Pécs, Györ, Kaposvár,Villány

Language(s): Hungarian

Population: 9 million+

Religion: Catholicism (38.9%), Other/Athiest (30%), Protestantism (13.4%), Other (1.7%), Orthodox Christianity (0.1%), Judaism (0.1%)

Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)

National Airlines: Málev Hungarian Airlines

Known for: Natural springs, Chain Bridge, thermal baths, Budapest, goulash, tokaji, Hungarian paprika, Túdo Rúdi, River Danube

Celebrations and Festivals: STRAND Festival (Zamárdi), Számarfül Festival (Pécs), Danube Festival, Szentendre Summer Arts Festival, Sziget Music Festival (Budapest), Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Summer on the Chain Bridge

Fun Facts…

  • Hungary is one of the oldest countries in the world
  • Hungarians are the most taxed people in the world with an average of 38.3% of their annual income
  • You cannot name you child in Hungary unless it has been approved by the government amongst a list of legal names
  • Hungarians do not clink their glasses. They vowed not to do so since the Austrians executed them then clinked their beer glasses to celebrate
  • Over ⅓ of native Hungarians live outside of Hungary
  • Budapest is home to the second oldest metro line in the world after London
  • Hungarian is similar to Finnish and Estonian and no other language in the world
  • Hungary’s mens water polo team are considered the best in the history of the sport
  • There are more then 1500 spas in the country from Roman, Greek and Turkish architecture
  • Hungary has a literacy rate of 99%
  • Hungarian write their last name first and their first names last
  • The Rubik’s Cube, Biro Pen and helicopters were invented by Hungarians