Facts on Hungary

Quick and General Facts on Hungary

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Country Name: Hungarian Republic

Capital City: Budapest

Government: Parliamentary democracy – 4 year election periods.


Hungary is a land lock small country located in Central Europe, in the lower area of the Carpathian basin. It is surrounded by its neighbouring countries Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

Land area: 93,030 square km, 1% of the area of Europe.

Highest point: Mount Kékes 1014m (in the Matra mountains)

Lowest Point: It is located at Tisza River flowing 78 m above the sea level.

Number of counties: 19

Bács-Kiskun, Baranya, Békés, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Csongrád, Fejér, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hajdú-Bihar, Heves, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Komárom-Esztergom, Nógrád, Pest, Somogy,Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Tolna, Vas, Veszprém and Zala.

Average Temperatures: January -2C (28F), July 23C (73F)

Hungary has a Continental climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are freezing cold, springs and autumns are pleasantly chilly and Summer temperatures can reach 30°C, sometimes higher.

Hungarian Flag

HungarianflagThe Hungarian flag consists of three equal sized horizontal stripes.

The top stripe is red and symbolizes strength; the middle one is white and represents faithfulness and fidelity; and the bottom stripe is green and stands for hope.


Population: 9,992,339 (July 2010)

Urban Population ratio: 68% of total population (2008)

Age Structure

0-14 years: 15% (male 763,553/female 720,112)

15-64 years: 69.3% (male 3,384,961/female 3,475,135)

65 years and over: 15.8% (male 566,067/female 995,768) (2010 est.)

Ethnic Distribution

92.3% Hungarian, Roma 1.9%, Germans (3%), Serbs (2%), Slovaks, Romanians.

Population Growth Rate: -0.156% (june 2010)

Birth rate: 9.7 births/1,000 population (2010 est.)

Death rate: 12.67 deaths/1,000 population (July 2010 est.)

Life expectancy: men 70.8 years

Women: 78.5 years


Hungary is a country with a varied religious past. In spite of that, a great number of Hungarians (one third of the population) do not follow any religion or believe in God.

• The religion with the greatest number of believers is the Roman Catholic (51.9%) .

• Protestants account for over 20% of the population(Calvinist 16% and Lutheran 4%).

•The Hungarian Jewish community makes less than 1% of the population.(The Jewish community lost about 80% of its followers in WWII)

•There are five Orthodox Christian denominations, seven Buddhist groups and two Islamic communities.

•Greek Catholic followers 2.6%

Other Facts on Hungary

Currency: Hungarian Forint

Local Time: GMT + 1

Country Code:+36

Electricity: Voltage 220 volts

Important Telephone Numbers

Police: 107

Ambulance: 104

Fire Fighters: 104

Central Emergency: 112

Directory Assistance: 198

English Phone Directory: 191

International Operator: 199

Immigration Office: +36 1 463 91 65 (In case you loose your passport- 24 hours service)

Lost and Found: +36 1 322 66 13

English language crime hotline: +36 1 438 80 80 (24 hours)

Hungarian National Holidays

Offices, museums and shopping centres are close on public holidays but restaurants, coffee shops and cinemas remain open.

Public transport services run on a different schedule.

January 1: New Year’s Day

March 15: National Day – Anniversary of 1848/49 Revolution and War against the Hapsburg Monarchy.

Easter Monday (April 25, 2011)

May 1 : Labour Day

Whit Monday ( June 13, 2011)

August 20: St Stephen’s Day – Constitution Day

October 23: 1956 Uprising Memorial Day

November 1: All Saint’s Day

December 25-26: Christmas Day

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