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Flag of Hungary Yellow trams rattling down grand boulevards, faded neo-Baroque interiors, facades marked with signs of revolution, streets of cobblestone, grand turn of the century apartment blocks. Like the bathers lingering in the steam of Budapest's famous baths, this is a country infused with memories and history.

Hungary celebrated the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian State at the end of the last century. During the tumultuous thousand year history of Hungary and the Central European Region, rulers came and went and empires rose and fell, but Hungary's distinctive charms have never waned nor its welcome ever been less than genuine.


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Map of Hungary Full Name: Republic of Hungary
Area: 93,030 sq km (land: 92,340 sq km, water: 690 sq km)
Population: 9,874,784 (July 2016 est.)
Capital City: Budapest


People: Hungarian 85.6%, Roma 3.2%, German 1.9%, other 2.6%, unspecified 14.1%
Language: Hungarian (official) 99.6%, English 16%, German 11.2%, Russian 1.6%, Romanian 1.3%, French 1.2%, other 4.2%
Religion: Roman Catholic 37.2%, Calvinist 11.6%, Lutheran 2.2%, Greek Catholic 1.8%, other 1.9%, none 18.2%, unspecified 27.2% (2011 est.)

Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Chief of State Janos ADER (since 10 May 2012)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Viktor ORBAN (since 29 May 2010)

GDP: $US 267.6 billion (2016 est.)
GDP per Capita: $US 27,200 (2016 est.)
Inflation: 0.1% (2016 est.)
Unemployment: 6.6% (2016 est.)
Industries: Mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles
Currency: forint (HUF)

Member of EU: Yes



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Info provided by The Hungary Tourism Board and the CIA World Factbook
Updated 2/2017
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