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Coordinates: 47°N 20°E / 47°N 20°E / 47; 20

Hungary Magyarország  (Hungarian)

Flag

Coat of arms

Anthem: "Himnusz" (Hungarian)[1] "Hymn"

Location of  Hungary  (dark green) – in Europe  (green & dark grey) – in the European Union  (green)  –  [Legend]

Capital and largest city Budapest 47°26′N 19°15′E / 47.433°N 19.250°E / 47.433; 19.250

Official language and national language Hungarian[2]

Ethnic groups (2011)

80.7% Hungarians 14.7% not declared 3.1% Roma 1.3% Germans[3]

Religion

52.9% Christianity –38.9% Catholicism –13.7% Protestantism –0.1% Orthodox Church 0.1% Judaism 1.7% other 18.2% not religious 27.2% unanswered[4]

Demonym Hungarian

Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic

• President

János Áder

• Prime Minister

Viktor Orbán

• Speaker of the National Assembly

László Kövér

Legislature Országgyűlés (National Assembly)

Foundation

• Principality of Hungary

895[5]

• Battle of Pressburg

4–6 July 907

•  Christian
Christian
Kingdom

25 December 1000[6]

• Golden Bull of 1222

24 April 1222

• Battle of Mohács

29 August 1526

• Liberation of Buda

2 September 1686

• Revolution of 1848

15 March 1848

• Austro-Hungarian Empire

20 March 1867

• Treaty of Trianon

4 June 1920

• Third Republic

23 October 1989

• Joined the European Union

1 May 2004

Area

• Total

93,030[7] km2 (35,920 sq mi) (108th)

• Water (%)

0.74%

Population

• 2017 estimate

9,797,561[8] (92nd)

• Density

105.3/km2 (272.7/sq mi) (103rd)

GDP (PPP) 2018 estimate

• Total

$298.925 billion[9] (57th)

• Per capita

$30,538[9] (45th)

GDP (nominal) 2018 estimate

• Total

$144.307 billion[9] (58th)

• Per capita

$14,742[9] (54th)

Gini (2014)  27.9[10] low · 16th

HDI (2015)  0.836[11] very high · 43rd

Currency Forint (HUF)

Time zone CET (UTC+1)

• Summer (DST)

CEST (UTC+2)

Date format yyyy.mm.dd.

Drives on the right

Calling code +36

Patron saint Saint
Saint
Stephen

ISO 3166 code HU

Internet TLD .hu and .eu

Hungary
Hungary
(Hungarian: Magyarország [ˈmɒɟɒrorsaːɡ] ( listen)) is a country in Central Europe[2] that covers an area of 93,030 square kilometres (35,920 sq mi) in the Carpathian Basin, bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine
Ukraine
to the northeast, Austria
Austria
to the northwest, Romania
Romania
to the east, Serbia
Serbia
to the south, Croatia
Croatia
to the southwest, and Slovenia
Slovenia
to the west.[12] With about 10 million inhabitants, Hungary
Hungary
is a medium-sized member state of the European Union.[13] The official language is Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken Uralic language in the world.[14] Hungary's capital and its largest city and metropolis is Budapest, a significant economic hub, classified as a leading global city.[15] Major urban areas include Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs
Pécs
and Győr. Following centuries of successive habitation by Celts, Romans, Germanic people, West Slavs, and Avars, the foundation of Hungary
Hungary
was laid in the late 9th century by the Hungarian grand prince Árpád
Árpád
in the conquest of the Carpathian Basin.[16][17] His great-grandson Stephen I ascended the throne in 1000, converting the country to a Christian
Christian
kingdom. By the 12th century, Hungary
Hungary
became a middle power within the Western world, reaching a golden age by the 15th century.[18] Following the Battle of Mohács
Battle of Mohács
in 1526 and about 150 years of partial Ottoman occupation (1541–1699), Hungary
Hungary
came under Habsburg rule, and later formed the great power Austro–Hungarian Empire together with Austria.[19] Hungary's current borders were established in 1920 by the Treaty of Trianon after World War I, when the country lost 71% of its territory, 58% of its population, and 32% of ethnic Hungarians.[20][21][22] Following the interwar period, Hungary
Hungary
joined the Axis Powers
Axis Powers
in World War II, suffering significant damage and casualties.[23][24] Hungary became a satellite state of the Soviet Union, which contributed to the establishment of a socialist republic spanning four decades (1947–1989).[25] The country gained widespread international attention regarding the Revolution of 1956 and the seminal opening of its previously-restricted border with Austria
Austria
in 1989, which accelerated the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.[26][27] On 23 October 1989, Hungary
Hungary
again became a democratic parliamentary republic.[28] In the 21st century, Hungary
Hungary
is a middle power[29][30] and has the world's 57th largest economy by nominal GDP, as well as the 58th largest by PPP, out of 191 countries measured by IMF. As a substantial actor in several industrial and technological sectors,[31] it is the world's 35th largest exporter and 34th largest importer of goods. Hungary
Hungary
is an OECD
OECD
high-income economy with a very high standard of living.[32][33] It keeps up a social security and universal health care system, and a tuition-free university education.[34][35] Hungary performs well in international rankings: it is 20th in quality of life, 24th in Good Country Index, 28th in inequality-adjusted human development, 32nd in the Social Progress Index, 33rd in Global Innovation
Innovation
Index and ranks as the 15th safest country in the world. Hungary
Hungary
joined the European Union
European Union
in 2004 and has been part of the Schengen Area
Schengen Area
since 2007.[36] Hungary
Hungary
is a member of the United Nations, NATO, WTO, World Bank, the AIIB, the Council of Europe, the Visegrád Group
Visegrád Group
and more.[37] Well known for its rich cultural history, Hungary
Hungary
has contributed significantly to arts, music, literature, sports and science and technology.[38][39][40][41] Hungary is the 11th most popular country as a tourist destination in Europe, attracting 14.3 million international tourists in 2015.[42] It is home to the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world, the largest lake in Central Europe
Europe
and the largest natural grasslands in Europe.[43][44]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Before 895 2.2 Medieval Hungary
Hungary
895–1526

2.2.1 Age of Árpádian kings 2.2.2 Age of elected kings 2.2.3 Decline of Hungary
Hungary
(1490–1526)

2.3 Ottoman wars 1526–1699 2.4 From the 18th century to World War I 2.5 Between the World Wars 1918–1941 2.6 World War II
World War II
1941–1945 2.7 Communism 1945–1989

2.7.1 Kádár era 1956–1988

2.8 Third Republic 1989–present

3 Geography

3.1 Climate

4 Government and politics

4.1 Political parties 4.2 Law and judicial system 4.3 Administrative divisions 4.4 Foreign relations 4.5 Military

5 Economy

5.1 Science
Science
and technology 5.2 Transport

6 Demographics

6.1 Languages 6.2 Religion 6.3 Education 6.4 Health

7 Culture

7.1 Architecture 7.2 Music 7.3 Literature 7.4 Cuisine 7.5 Recreation 7.6 Folk art 7.7 Porcelain 7.8 Sport

7.8.1 Football

8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Etymology[edit] Main article: Name of Hungary The "H" in the name of Hungary
Hungary
(and Latin Hungaria) is most likely due to early ill-founded historical associations with the Huns, who had settled Hungary
Hungary
prior to the Avars. The rest of the word comes from the Latinized form of Medieval Greek
Medieval Greek
Oungroi (Οὔγγροι). According to an explanation the Greek name was borrowed from Proto-Slavic Ǫgǔri (Ѫгъри), in turn borrowed from Oghur-Turkic Onogur ('ten [tribes of the] Ogurs'). Onogur was the collective name for the tribes who later joined the Bulgar tribal confederacy that ruled the eastern parts of Hungary
Hungary
after the Avars.[45][46] The Hungarian endonym is Magyarország, composed of magyar ('Hungarian') and ország ('country'). The word magyar is taken from the name of one of the seven major semi-nomadic Hungarian tribes, magyeri.[47][48][49] The first element magy is likely from Proto-Ugric *mäńć- 'man, person', also found in the name of the Mansi people (mäńćī, mańśi, måńś). The second element eri, 'man, men, lineage', survives in Hungarian férj 'husband', and is cognate with Mari erge 'son', Finnish archaic yrkä 'young man'.[50]

Official names[51]

Date Name Notes

895–1000 Principality of Hungary Middle Ages

1000–1301 Kingdom of Hungary Middle Ages

1301–1526 Kingdom of Hungary Middle Ages

1526–1867 Kingdom of Hungary Crownland of Habsburg Monarchy
Habsburg Monarchy
and Austrian Empire

1867–1918 Lands of the Crown of Saint
Saint
Stephen Part of Austria-Hungary

1918–1919 Hungarian People's Republic First Republic

1919–1920 Hungarian Soviet Republic

1919–1920 Hungarian Republic

1920–1946 Kingdom of Hungary Puppet State of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
from 1944 to 1945.

1946–1949 Hungarian Republic Second Republic.

1949–1989 Hungarian People's Republic Satellite state of the Soviet Union

1989–2012 Hungarian Republic Third Republic, constitution of 1949 amended.

2012–present Hungary

History[edit] Main article: History of Hungary

Part of a series on the

History of Hungary

Early history

Hungarian prehistory Hungary
Hungary
before the Hungarians Roman Pannonia Hungarian conquest

Medieval

Principality 895–1000

High Medieval Kingdom 1000–1301

Late Medieval Kingdom 1301–1526

Ottoman Wars 1366–1526

Early modern

Habsburg kingdom 1526–1867

Eastern kingdom 1526–1570

Ottoman Hungary 1541–1699

Principality of Transylvania 1570–1711

Late modern

Rákóczi's War 1703–1711

Revolution of 1848 1848–1849

Austria-Hungary 1867–1918

Lands of the Crown 1867–1918

World War I 1914–1918

Interwar period 1918–1941

First Hungarian Republic 1918–1920

Hungarian Soviet Republic 1919

Kingdom of Hungary 1920–1946

World War II 1941–1945

Contemporary

Second Hungarian Republic 1946–1949

Hungarian People's Republic 1949–1989

Revolution of 1956 1956

Third Hungarian Republic since 1989

By topic

Christianity Military Music Nobility

Hungarians Jews Székelys

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Hungary
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Before 895[edit] Main articles: Hungarian prehistory
Hungarian prehistory
and Hungarian mythology

Italian fresco depicting a Hungarian warrior shooting backwards

The Roman Empire
Roman Empire
conquered the territory west of the Danube
Danube
between 35 and 9 BC. From 9 BC to the end of the 4th century, Pannonia
Pannonia
was part of the Roman Empire, located within part of later Hungary's territory. Around AD 41-54, a 500-strong cavalry unit created the settlement of Aquincum
Aquincum
and a Roman legion of 6,000 men was stationed here by AD 89. A civil city grew gradually in the neighbourhood of the military settlement and in AD 106 Aquincum
Aquincum
became the focal point of the commercial life of this area and the capital city of the Pannonian Inferior region. This area now corresponds to the Óbuda
Óbuda
district of Budapest, with the Roman ruins now forming part of the modern Aquincum museum.[52] Later came the Huns, who built a powerful empire. After Hunnish rule, the Germanic Ostrogoths, Lombards, and Gepids, and the polyethnic Avars, had a presence in the Carpathian Basin.[53] In the 9th century, East Francia, the First Bulgarian Empire
First Bulgarian Empire
and Great Moravia ruled the territory of the Carpathian Basin. The land was inhabited mainly by Avars. The Magyars
Magyars
advancing through the Carpathian Basin
Carpathian Basin
encountered the Hungarian-speaking Székely
Székely
people who inhabited the land at that time.[54] Both contemporary sources[55][56] and a growing amount of archaeological evidence suggests that groups of the Avars survived the disintegration of their empire. The freshly unified Hungarians[57] led by Árpád
Árpád
settled in the Carpathian Basin
Carpathian Basin
starting in 895.[56][58] According to linguistic evidence, they originated from an ancient Uralic-speaking population that formerly inhabited the forested area between the Volga River
Volga River
and the Ural Mountains.[59] Medieval Hungary
Hungary
895–1526[edit] Main articles: Principality of Hungary
Principality of Hungary
and Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
in the Middle Ages

Hungarian raids in the 10th century

As a federation of united tribes, Hungary
Hungary
was established in 895, some 50 years after the division of the Carolingian Empire
Carolingian Empire
at the Treaty of Verdun in 843, before the unification of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Initially, the rising Principality of Hungary
Principality of Hungary
("Western Tourkia" in medieval Greek sources)[60] was a state consisting of a semi-nomadic people. It accomplished an enormous transformation into a Christian realm during the 10th century.[61] This state was well-functioning and the nation's military power allowed the Hungarians
Hungarians
to conduct successful fierce campaigns and raids from Constantinople
Constantinople
to as far as today's Spain.[61] The Hungarians
Hungarians
defeated no fewer than three major East Frankish Imperial Armies between 907 and 910.[62] A later defeat at the Battle of Lechfeld in 955 signaled a provisory end to most campaigns on foreign territories, at least towards the West. Age of Árpádian kings[edit] Main article: Árpád
Árpád
dynasty

King Saint
Saint
Stephen, the first King of Hungary, converted the nation to Christianity

The Holy Crown (Szent Korona), one of the key symbols of Hungary

The year 972 marked the date when the ruling prince (Hungarian: fejedelem) Géza of the Árpád
Árpád
dynasty officially started to integrate Hungary
Hungary
into the Christian
Christian
Western Europe.[63] His first-born son, Saint
Saint
Stephen I, became the first King of Hungary after defeating his pagan uncle Koppány, who also claimed the throne. Under Stephen, Hungary
Hungary
was recognized as a Catholic Apostolic Kingdom.[64] Applying to Pope Sylvester II, Stephen received the insignia of royalty (including probably a part of the Holy Crown of Hungary, currently kept in the Hungarian Parliament) from the papacy. By 1006, Stephen had consolidated his power, and started sweeping reforms to convert Hungary
Hungary
into a Western feudal state. The country switched to using the Latin language, and until as late as 1844, Latin remained the official language of Hungary. Hungary
Hungary
became a powerful kingdom.[65] Ladislaus I extended Hungary's frontier in Transylvania and invaded Croatia
Croatia
in 1091.[66][67][68][69] The Croatian campaign culminated in the Battle of Gvozd Mountain
Battle of Gvozd Mountain
in 1097 and a personal union of Croatia
Croatia
and Hungary
Hungary
in 1102, ruled by Coloman i.e. Könyves Kálmán.[70]

King Saint
Saint
Ladislaus I

The most powerful and wealthiest king of the Árpád
Árpád
dynasty was Béla III, who disposed of the equivalent of 23 tonnes of pure silver a year. This exceeded the income of the French king (estimated at 17 tonnes) and was double the receipts of the English Crown.[71] Andrew II issued the Diploma Andreanum
Diploma Andreanum
which secured the special privileges of the Transylvanian Saxons
Transylvanian Saxons
and is considered the first Autonomy law in the world.[72] He led the Fifth Crusade
Fifth Crusade
to the Holy Land in 1217, setting up the largest royal army in the history of Crusades. His Golden Bull of 1222 was the first constitution in Continental Europe. The lesser nobles also began to present Andrew with grievances, a practice that evolved into the institution of the parliament (parlamentum publicum). In 1241–1242, the kingdom received a major blow with the Mongol (Tatar) Invasion. Up to half of Hungary's then population of 2,000,000 were victims of the invasion.[73] King Béla IV let Cumans
Cumans
and Jassic people into the country, who were fleeing the Mongols.[74] Over the centuries, they were fully assimilated into the Hungarian population.[75] As a consequence, after the Mongols retreated, King Béla ordered the construction of hundreds of stone castles and fortifications, to defend against a possible second Mongol invasion. The Mongols returned to Hungary
Hungary
in 1285, but the newly built stone-castle systems and new tactics (using a higher proportion of heavily armed knights) stopped them. The invading Mongol force was defeated[76] near Pest by the royal army of Ladislaus IV of Hungary. As with later invasions, it was repelled handily, the Mongols losing much of their invading force. Age of elected kings[edit] Main article: Ottoman–Hungarian Wars

A map of lands ruled by Louis the Great

Western conquests of Matthias Corvinus

The Gothic- Renaissance
Renaissance
Corvin Castle
Corvin Castle
in Transylvania
Transylvania
(now Romania), built by John Hunyadi

The Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
reached one of its greatest extents during the Árpádian kings, yet royal power was weakened at the end of their rule in 1301. After a destructive period of interregnum (1301–1308), the first Angevin king, Charles I of Hungary
Charles I of Hungary
– a bilineal descendant of the Árpád
Árpád
dynasty – successfully restored royal power, and defeated oligarch rivals, the so-called "little kings". The second Angevin Hungarian king, Louis the Great (1342–1382), led many successful military campaigns from Lithuania
Lithuania
to Southern Italy (Kingdom of Naples), and was also King of Poland
King of Poland
from 1370. After King Louis died without a male heir, the country was stabilized only when Sigismund
Sigismund
of Luxembourg
Luxembourg
(1387–1437) succeeded to the throne, who in 1433 also became Holy Roman Emperor. Sigismund
Sigismund
was also (in several ways) a bilineal descendant of the Árpád
Árpád
dynasty. The first Hungarian Bible translation
Bible translation
was completed in 1439. For half a year in 1437, there was an antifeudal and anticlerical peasant revolt in Transylvania, the Budai Nagy Antal Revolt, which was strongly influenced by Hussite
Hussite
ideas. From a small noble family in Transylvania, John Hunyadi
John Hunyadi
grew to become one of the country's most powerful lords, thanks to his outstanding capabilities as a mercenary commander. He was elected governor then regent. He was a successful crusader against the Ottoman Turks, one of his greatest victories being the Siege of Belgrade
Belgrade
in 1456. The last strong king of medieval Hungary
Hungary
was the Renaissance
Renaissance
king Matthias Corvinus
Matthias Corvinus
(1458–1490), son of John Hunyadi. His election was the first time that a member of the nobility mounted to the Hungarian royal throne without dynastic background. He was a successful military leader and an enlightened patron of the arts and learning.[77] His library, the Bibliotheca Corviniana, was Europe's greatest collection of historical chronicles, philosophic and scientific works in the 15th century, and second only in size to the Vatican Library. The library is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[78] The serfs and common people considered him a just ruler because he protected them from excessive demands from and other abuses by the magnates.[79] Under his rule, in 1479, the Hungarian army destroyed the Ottoman and Wallachian troops at the Battle of Breadfield. Abroad he defeated the Polish and German imperial armies of Frederick at Breslau (Wrocław). Matthias' mercenary standing army, the Black Army of Hungary, was an unusually large army for its time, and it conquered parts of Austria, Vienna
Vienna
(1485) and parts of Bohemia. Decline of Hungary
Hungary
(1490–1526)[edit] King Matthias died without lawful sons, and the Hungarian magnates procured the accession of the Pole Vladislaus II (1490–1516), supposedly because of his weak influence on Hungarian aristocracy.[77] Hungary's international role declined, its political stability shaken, and social progress was deadlocked.[80] In 1514, the weakened old King Vladislaus II faced a major peasant rebellion led by György Dózsa, which was ruthlessly crushed by the nobles, led by John Zápolya. The resulting degradation of order paved the way for Ottoman pre-eminence. In 1521, the strongest Hungarian fortress in the South, Nándorfehérvár (today's Belgrade, Serbia), fell to the Turks. The early appearance of Protestantism
Protestantism
further worsened internal relations in the country. Ottoman wars 1526–1699[edit] Main articles: Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
(1526–1867), Ottoman Hungary, Principality of Transylvania
Transylvania
(1570–1711), and Ottoman–Habsburg wars

Painting commemorating the Siege of Eger, a major victory against the Ottomans

After some 150 years of wars with the Hungarians
Hungarians
and other states, the Ottomans gained a decisive victory over the Hungarian army at the Battle of Mohács
Battle of Mohács
in 1526, where King Louis II died while fleeing. Amid political chaos, the divided Hungarian nobility
Hungarian nobility
elected two kings simultaneously, John Zápolya
John Zápolya
and Ferdinand I of the Habsburg dynasty. With the conquest of Buda
Buda
by the Turks in 1541, Hungary
Hungary
was divided into three parts and remained so until the end of the 17th century. The north-western part, termed as Royal Hungary, was annexed by the Habsburgs who ruled as Kings of Hungary. The eastern part of the kingdom became independent as the Principality of Transylvania, under Ottoman (and later Habsburg) suzerainty. The remaining central area, including the capital Buda, was known as the Pashalik of Buda.

Mosque of Pasha Qasim
Mosque of Pasha Qasim
in Pécs

The vast majority of the seventeen and nineteen thousand Ottoman soldiers in service in the Ottoman fortresses in the territory of Hungary
Hungary
were Orthodox and Muslim
Muslim
Balkan Slavs rather than ethnic Turkish people.[81] Orthodox Southern Slavs were also acting as akinjis and other light troops intended for pillaging in the territory of present-day Hungary.[82] In 1686, the Holy League's army, containing over 74,000 men from various nations, reconquered Buda
Buda
from the Turks. After some more crushing defeats of the Ottomans in the next few years, the entire Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
was removed from Ottoman rule by 1718. The last raid into Hungary
Hungary
by the Ottoman vassals Tatars from Crimea
Crimea
took place in 1717.[83] The constrained Habsburg Counter-Reformation efforts in the 17th century reconverted the majority of the kingdom to Catholicism. The ethnic composition of Hungary
Hungary
was fundamentally changed as a consequence of the prolonged warfare with the Turks. A large part of the country became devastated, population growth was stunted, and many smaller settlements perished.[84] The Austrian-Habsburg government settled large groups of Serbs
Serbs
and other Slavs in the depopulated south, and settled Germans (called Danube
Danube
Swabians) in various areas, but Hungarians
Hungarians
were not allowed to settle or re-settle in the south of the Great Plain.[85] From the 18th century to World War I[edit] Main articles: Hungarian Revolution of 1848, Austria-Hungary, Lands of the Crown of Saint
Saint
Stephen, and Hungary
Hungary
in World War I

Maria Theresa
Maria Theresa
ruler of Kingdom of Hungary

Francis II Rákóczi, leader of the uprising against Habsburg rule in 1703–11

Between 1703 and 1711, there was a large-scale uprising led by Francis II Rákóczi, who after the dethronement of the Habsburgs in 1707 at the Diet of Ónod, took power provisionally as the Ruling Prince of Hungary
Hungary
for the wartime period, but refused the Hungarian Crown and the title "King". The uprisings lasted for years. After 8 years of war with the Habsburg Empire, the Hungarian Kuruc
Kuruc
army lost the last main battle at Trencsén (1708).[86]

Count István Széchenyi
István Széchenyi
offered one year's income to establish the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

During the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
and afterwards, the Hungarian Diet had not convened for decades.[87] In the 1820s, the Emperor was forced to convene the Diet, which marked the beginning of a Reform Period (1825–1848, Hungarian: reformkor). Count István Széchenyi, one of the most prominent statesmen of the country, recognized the urgent need of modernization and his message got through. The Hungarian Parliament was reconvened in 1825 to handle financial needs. A liberal party emerged and focused on providing for the peasantry. Lajos Kossuth – a famous journalist at that time – emerged as leader of the lower gentry in the Parliament. A remarkable upswing started as the nation concentrated its forces on modernization even though the Habsburg monarchs obstructed all important liberal laws relating to civil and political rights and economic reforms. Many reformers (Lajos Kossuth, Mihály Táncsics) were imprisoned by the authorities.

Lajos Kossuth, Regent-President during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848

On 15 March 1848, mass demonstrations in Pest and Buda
Buda
enabled Hungarian reformists to push through a list of 12 demands. Under governor and president Lajos Kossuth
Lajos Kossuth
and the first Prime Minister, Lajos Batthyány, the House of Habsburg
House of Habsburg
was dethroned. The Habsburg Ruler and his advisors skillfully manipulated the Croatian, Serbian and Romanian peasantry, led by priests and officers firmly loyal to the Habsburgs, and induced them to rebel against the Hungarian government, though the Hungarians
Hungarians
were supported by the vast majority of the Slovak, German and Rusyn nationalities and by all the Jews of the kingdom, as well as by a large number of Polish, Austrian and Italian volunteers.[88] In July 1849 the Hungarian Parliament proclaimed and enacted the first laws of ethnic and minority rights in the world.[89] Many members of the nationalities gained the coveted highest positions within the Hungarian Army, like General János Damjanich, an ethnic Serb who became a Hungarian national hero through his command of the 3rd Hungarian Army
Hungarian Army
Corps or Józef Bem, who was Polish and also became a national hero in Hungary. Initially, the Hungarian forces (Honvédség) defeated Austrian armies. To counter the successes of the Hungarian revolutionary army, Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I
Franz Joseph I
asked for help from the "Gendarme of Europe", Czar Nicholas I, whose Russian armies invaded Hungary. This made Artúr Görgey surrender in August 1849. The leader of the Austrian army, Julius Jacob von Haynau, became governor of Hungary
Hungary
for a few months, and ordered the execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad, leaders of the Hungarian army, and Prime Minister Batthyány in October 1849. Lajos Kossuth escaped into exile. Following the war of 1848 – 1849, the whole country was in "passive resistance".

Territories of the Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
and the Kingdom of Croatia (green parts) within the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Because of external and internal problems, reforms seemed inevitable and major military defeats of Austria
Austria
forced the Habsburgs to negotiate the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, by which the dual Monarchy of Austria–Hungary
Austria–Hungary
was formed. This Empire had the second largest area in Europe
Europe
(after the Russian Empire), and it was the third most populous (after Russia
Russia
and the German Empire). The two realms were governed separately by two parliaments from two capital cities, with a common monarch and common external and military policies. Economically, the empire was a customs union. The old Hungarian Constitution was restored, and Franz Joseph I
Franz Joseph I
was crowned as King of Hungary. The era witnessed impressive economic development. The formerly backward Hungarian economy became relatively modern and industrialized by the turn of the 20th century, although agriculture remained dominant until 1890. In 1873, the old capital Buda
Buda
and Óbuda were officially united with Pest,[90] thus creating the new metropolis of Budapest. Many of the state institutions and the modern administrative system of Hungary
Hungary
were established during this period.

Hungarian built dreadnought battleship SMS Szent István
SMS Szent István
in World War I

After the Assassination in Sarajevo, the Hungarian prime minister István Tisza
István Tisza
and his cabinet tried to avoid the outbreak and escalating of a war in Europe, but their diplomatic efforts were unsuccessful. Austria–Hungary
Austria–Hungary
drafted 9 million (fighting forces: 7.8 million) soldiers in World War I
World War I
(over 4 million from the Kingdom of Hungary) on the side of Germany, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and Turkey. The troops raised in the Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
spent little time defending the actual territory of Hungary, with the exceptions of the Brusilov Offensive
Brusilov Offensive
in June 1916, and a few months later, when the Romanian army made an attack into Transylvania,[91] both of which were repelled. In comparison, of the total army, Hungary's loss ratio was more than any other nations of Austria-Hungary. The Central Powers conquered Serbia. Romania
Romania
declared war. The Central Powers
Central Powers
conquered Southern Romania
Romania
and the Romanian capital Bucharest. In 1916 Emperor Franz Joseph died, and the new monarch Charles IV sympathized with the pacifists. With great difficulty, the Central powers stopped and repelled the attacks of the Russian Empire. The Eastern front of the Allied (Entente) Powers completely collapsed. The Austro-Hungarian Empire
Austro-Hungarian Empire
then withdrew from all defeated countries. On the Italian front, the Austro-Hungarian army made no progress against Italy
Italy
after January 1918. Despite great Eastern successes, Germany
Germany
suffered complete defeat on the more important Western front. By 1918, the economic situation had deteriorated (strikes in factories were organized by leftist and pacifist movements) and uprisings in the army had become commonplace. In the capital cities, the Austrian and Hungarian leftist liberal movements (the maverick parties) and their leaders supported the separatism of ethnic minorities. Austria-Hungary signed a general armistice in Padua
Padua
on 3 November 1918.[92] In October 1918, Hungary's union with Austria
Austria
was dissolved. Between the World Wars 1918–1941[edit]

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Main articles: Hungary between the World Wars
Hungary between the World Wars
and Hungarian interwar economy

With the Treaty of Trianon, Hungary
Hungary
lost 72% of its territory, its sea ports and 3,425,000 ethnic Hungarians[93][94]   Majority Hungarian areas (according to the 1910 census) detached from Hungary

Miklós Horthy, Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
(1920–1944)

Following the First World War, Hungary
Hungary
underwent a period of profound political upheaval, beginning with the Aster Revolution
Aster Revolution
in 1918, which brought the social-democratic Mihály Károlyi
Mihály Károlyi
to power as Prime Minister. Károlyi dissolved the union with Austria
Austria
and disarmed the Hungarian Army, leaving the country without any national defense. The Little Entente, sensing an opportunity, invaded the country from three sides— Romania
Romania
invaded Transylvania, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
annexed Upper Hungary
Hungary
(today's Slovakia), and a joint Serb-French coalition annexed Vojvodina
Vojvodina
and other southern regions. In March 1919, communists led by Béla Kun
Béla Kun
ousted the Károlyi government and proclaimed the Hungarian Soviet Republic (Tanácsköztársaság), followed by a thorough Red Terror campaign. Despite some successes on the Czechoslovak front, Kun's forces were ultimately unable to resist the Romanian invasion; by August 1919, Romanian troops occupied Budapest
Budapest
and ousted Kun. In November 1919, rightist forces led by former Austro-Hungarian admiral Miklós Horthy
Miklós Horthy
entered Budapest; exhausted by the war and its aftermath, the populace accepted Horthy's leadership. In January 1920, parliamentary elections were held and Horthy was proclaimed Regent of the reestablished Kingdom of Hungary, inaugurating the so-called "Horthy era" (Horthy-kor). The new government worked quickly to normalize foreign relations while turning a blind eye to a White Terror that swept through the countryside; extrajudicial killings of suspected communists and Jews lasted well into 1920. On June 4 of that year, the Treaty of Trianon
Treaty of Trianon
established new borders for Hungary. The country lost 71% of its territory and 66% of its antebellum population, as well as many sources of raw materials and its sole port, Fiume. Though the revision of the Treaty quickly rose to the top of the national political agenda, the Horthy government was not willing to resort to military intervention to do so. The Horthy regime's initial years were occupied by putsch attempts by Charles IV, the Austro-Hungarian pretender; continued suppression of communists; and a migration crisis triggered by the Trianon territorial changes. Though free elections continued, Horthy's personality, and those of his personally selected prime ministers, dominated the political scene. The government's actions continued to drift right with the passage of antisemitic laws and, due to the continued isolation of the Little Entente, economic and then political gravitation toward Italy
Italy
and Germany. The Great Depression
Great Depression
further exacerbated the situation and the popularity of fascist politicians such as Gyula Gömbös
Gyula Gömbös
and Ferenc Szálasi, promising economic and social recovery, rose. Horthy's nationalist agenda reached its apogee in 1938 and 1940, when the Nazis rewarded Hungary's staunchly pro- Germany
Germany
foreign policy in the First and Second Vienna
Vienna
Awards, respectively, peacefully restoring ethnic-Hungarian-majority areas lost after Trianon. In 1939, Hungary regained further territory from Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
through force. Hungary formally joined the Axis Powers
Axis Powers
on 20 November 1940, and in 1941, participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia, gaining some of its former territories in the south. World War II
World War II
1941–1945[edit] Main articles: Hungary
Hungary
during World War II, Holocaust in Hungary, and Soviet occupation of Hungary

Kingdom of Hungary, 1941–44

Hungary
Hungary
formally entered World War II
World War II
as an Axis Power on 26 June 1941, declaring war on the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
after unidentified planes bombed Kassa, Munkács, and Rahó. Hungarian troops fought on the Eastern Front for two years. Despite some early successes,[95] the Hungarian government began seeking a secret peace pact with the Allies after the Second Army suffered catastrophic losses at the River Don in January 1943. Learning of the planned defection, German troops occupied Hungary
Hungary
on 19 March 1944 to guarantee Horthy's compliance. In October, as the Soviet front approached and the Hungarian government made further efforts to disengage from the war, German troops ousted Horthy and installed a puppet government under Szálasi's fascist Arrow Cross Party.[95] Szálasi pledged all the country's capabilities in service of the German war machine. By October 1944, the Soviets had reached the river Tisza, and despite some losses, succeeded in encircling and besieging Budapest
Budapest
in December.

Jewish
Jewish
women being arrested on Wesselényi Street in Budapest
Budapest
during The Holocaust, ca. 20–22 October 1944

After German occupation, Hungary
Hungary
participated in the Holocaust.[96][97] During the German occupation in May–June 1944, the Arrow Cross and Hungarian police deported nearly 440,000 Jews, mainly to Auschwitz. Nearly all of them were murdered.[98] The Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg
Raoul Wallenberg
managed to save a considerable number of Hungarian Jews by giving them Swedish passports.[99] Rudolf Kastner (original spelling Kasztner), one of the leaders of the Hungarian Aid and Rescue Committee, bribed senior SS officers such as Adolf Eichmann to allow some Jews to escape.[100][101][102] The Horthy government's complicity in the Holocaust remains a point of controversy and contention.

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
and the Buda
Buda
Castle in ruins after World War II (1946)

The war left Hungary
Hungary
devastated, destroying over 60% of the economy and causing significant loss of life. In addition to the over 600,000 Hungarian Jews killed,[103] as many as 280,000[104][105] other Hungarians
Hungarians
were raped, murdered and executed or deported for slave labor by Czechoslovaks,[106][107][108][109][110][111] Soviet Red Army troops,[112][113][114] and Yugoslavs.[115] On 13 February 1945, Budapest
Budapest
surrendered; by April, German troops left the country under Soviet military occupation. 200,000 Hungarians were expelled from Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
in exchange for 70,000 Slovaks living in Hungary. 202,000 ethnic Germans
Germans
were expelled to Germany,[116] and through the 1947 Paris
Paris
Peace Treaties, Hungary
Hungary
was again reduced to its immediate post-Trianon borders. Communism 1945–1989[edit] Main articles: Hungarian Republic (1946–49), Hungarian People's Republic, and Hungarian Revolution of 1956

A destroyed Soviet tank in Budapest
Budapest
during the 1956 Revolution; Time's Man of the Year for 1956 was the Hungarian Freedom Fighter[117]

Following the defeat of Nazi Germany, Hungary
Hungary
became a satellite state of the Soviet Union. The Soviet leadership selected Mátyás Rákosi to front the Stalinization
Stalinization
of the country, and Rákosi de facto ruled Hungary
Hungary
from 1949 to 1956. His government's policies of militarization, industrialization, collectivization, and war compensation led to a severe decline in living standards. In imitation of Stalin's KGB, the Rákosi government established a secret political police, the ÁVH, to enforce the new regime. The purges that followed saw approximately 350,000 officials and intellectuals imprisoned or executed from 1948 to 1956.[118] Many freethinkers, democrats, and Horthy-era dignitaries were secretly arrested and extrajudicially interned in domestic and foreign Gulags. Some 600,000 Hungarians
Hungarians
were deported to Soviet labor camps, where at least 200,000 died.[119] After Stalin's death in 1953, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
pursued a program of destalinization that was inimical to Rákosi, leading to his deposition. The following political cooling saw the ascent of Imre Nagy to the premiership, and the growing interest of students and intellectuals in political life. Nagy promised market liberalization and political openness, while Rákosi opposed both vigorously. Rákosi eventually managed to discredit Nagy and replace him with the more hard-line Ernő Gerő. Hungary
Hungary
joined the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
in May 1955, as societal dissatisfaction with the regime swelled. Following the firing on peaceful demonstrations by Soviet soldiers and secret police, and rallies throughout the country on 23 October 1956, protesters took to the streets in Budapest, initiating the 1956 Revolution. In an effort to quell the chaos, Nagy returned as premier, promised free elections, and took Hungary
Hungary
out of the Warsaw Pact. The violence nonetheless continued as revolutionary militias sprung up against the Soviet Army and the ÁVH; the roughly 3,000-strong resistance fought Soviet tanks using Molotov cocktails and machine-pistols. Though the preponderance of the Soviets was immense, they suffered heavy losses, and by 30 October 1956 most Soviet troops had withdrawn from Budapest
Budapest
to garrison the countryside. For a time, the Soviet leadership was unsure how to respond to developments in Hungary, but eventually decided to intervene to prevent a destabilization of the Soviet bloc. On 4 November reinforcements of more than 150,000 troops and 2,500 tanks entered the country from the Soviet Union.[120] Nearly 20,000 Hungarians
Hungarians
were killed resisting the intervention, while an additional 21,600 were imprisoned afterwards for political reasons. Some 13,000 were interned and 230 brought to trial and executed. Nagy was captured to be executed in 1958. Because borders had briefly been open, nearly a quarter of a million people had fled the country by the time the revolution was suppressed.[121] Kádár era 1956–1988[edit] See also: Goulash
Goulash
Communism

János Kádár, General Secretary of MSZMP, the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party (1956–1988)

After a second, briefer period of Soviet military occupation, János Kádár, Nagy's former Minister of State, was chosen by the Soviet leadership to head the new government and chair the new ruling Socialist Workers' Party (MSzMP). Kádár quickly normalized the situation. In 1963, the government granted a general amnesty and released the majority of those imprisoned for their active participation in the uprising. Kádár proclaimed a new policy line, according to which the people were no longer compelled to profess loyalty to the party if they tacitly accepted the Socialist regime as a fact of life. In many speeches, he described this as, "Those who are not against us are with us." Kádár introduced new planning priorities in the economy, such as allowing farmers significant plots of private land within the collective farm system (háztáji gazdálkodás). The living standard rose as consumer good and food production took precedence over military production, which was reduced to one tenth of pre-revolutionary levels. In 1968, the New Economic Mechanism (NEM) introduced free-market elements into socialist command economy. From the 1960s through the late 1980s, Hungary
Hungary
was often referred to as "the happiest barrack" within the Eastern bloc. During the latter part of the Cold War Hungary's GDP per capita
GDP per capita
was fourth only to East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
itself.[122] As a result of this relatively high standard of living, a more liberalized economy, a less censored press, and less restricted travel rights, Hungary
Hungary
was generally considered one of the more liberal countries in which to live in Central Europe
Europe
during communism. In the 1980s, however, living standards steeply declined again due to a worldwide recession to which communism was unable to respond.[123] By the time Kádár died in 1989, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
was in steep decline and a younger generation of reformists saw liberalization as the solution to economic and social issues. Third Republic 1989–present[edit]

The Visegrád Group
Visegrád Group
signing ceremony in February 1991

See also: Revolutions of 1989
Revolutions of 1989
and 2006 protests in Hungary

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Hungary's transition from communism to democracy and capitalism (rendszerváltás, "regime change") was peaceful and prompted by economic stagnation, domestic political pressure, and changing relations with other Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
countries. Although the MSzMP began Round Table Talks with various opposition groups in March 1989, the reburial of Imre Nagy
Imre Nagy
as a revolutionary martyr that June is widely considered the symbolic end of communism in Hungary. Over 100,000 people attended the Budapest
Budapest
ceremony without any significant government interference, and many speakers openly called for Soviet troops to leave the country. Free elections were held in May 1990, which saw the Hungarian Democratic Forum, a major conservative opposition group, elected to the head of a coalition government. József Antall
József Antall
became the first democratically elected Prime Minister since World War II[by whom?]. With the removal of state subsidies and rapid privatization in 1991, Hungary
Hungary
was affected by a severe economic recession. The Antall government's austerity measures proved unpopular, and the Communist Party's legal and political heir, the Socialist Party, won the subsequent 1994 elections. This abrupt shift in the political landscape was repeated in 1998 and 2002; each electoral cycle, the governing party was ousted and the erstwhile opposition elected. Like most other post-communist European states, however, Hungary
Hungary
broadly pursued an integrationist agenda, joining NATO
NATO
in 1999 and the European Union
European Union
in 2004. As a NATO
NATO
member, Hungary
Hungary
was involved in the Yugoslav Wars. In 2006, major protests erupted after it leaked that socialist PM Ferenc Gyurcsány's had claimed in a private speech that his party "lied" to win the recent elections. The popularity of left-wing parties plummeted in the ensuing political upheaval, and in 2010, Viktor Orbán's national-conservative Fidesz
Fidesz
was elected to a parliamentary supermajority. The legislature consequently approved a new constitution, among other sweeping governmental and legal changes. Although these developments were met with and still engender controversy, Fidesz
Fidesz
secured a second supermajority in 2014. In 2015 Fidesz
Fidesz
lost its two-thirds majority in parliament after a by-election defeat. Geography[edit] Main article: Geography of Hungary See also: List of national parks of Hungary

A flock of Racka
Racka
sheep in the Fertő-Hanság National Park

Hungary's geography has traditionally been defined by its two main waterways, the Danube
Danube
and Tisza
Tisza
rivers. The common tripartite division of the country into three sections—Dunántúl ("beyond the Danube", Transdanubia), Tiszántúl
Tiszántúl
("beyond the Tisza"), and Duna- Tisza
Tisza
köze ("between the Danube
Danube
and Tisza")—is a reflection of this. The Danube flows north-south right through the center of contemporary Hungary, and the entire country lies within its drainage basin. Transdanubia, which stretches westward from the center of the country toward Austria, is a primarily hilly region with a terrain varied by low mountains. These include the very eastern stretch of the Alps, Alpokalja, in the west of the country, the Transdanubian Mountains
Transdanubian Mountains
in the central region of Transdanubia, and the Mecsek
Mecsek
Mountains and Villány Mountains
Villány Mountains
in the south. The highest point of the area is the Írott-kő in the Alps, at 882 metres (2,894 ft). The Little Hungarian Plain (Kisalföld) is found in northern Transdanubia. Lake Balaton and Lake Hévíz, the largest lake in Central Europe
Europe
and the largest thermal lake in the world, respectively, are in Transdanubia as well. The Duna- Tisza
Tisza
köze and Tiszántúl
Tiszántúl
are characterized mainly by the Great Hungarian Plain
Great Hungarian Plain
(Alföld), which stretches across most of the eastern and southeastern areas of the country. To the north of the Plain are the foothills of the Carpathians in a wide band near the Slovakian border. The Kékes
Kékes
at 1,014 m or 3,327 ft is the tallest mountain in Hungary
Hungary
and is found here. Phytogeographically, Hungary
Hungary
belongs to the Central European province of the Circumboreal Region
Circumboreal Region
within the Boreal Kingdom. According to the WWF, the territory of Hungary
Hungary
belongs to the ecoregion of Pannonian mixed forests. Hungary
Hungary
has 10 national parks, 145 minor nature reserves, and 35 landscape protection areas.

Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe

Zemplén Mountains
Zemplén Mountains
view from Boldogkőváralja

Hortobágy
Hortobágy
is the largest continuous natural grassland in Europe

Hungarian grey cattle
Hungarian grey cattle
in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County

Bükk National Park; Bükk is rich in karst formations, such as limestone caves

The Tisza
Tisza
is one of the main rivers of Central Europe.

Today Hungary
Hungary
has 22 designated wine regions, Somló
Somló
is one of them.

The Danube
Danube
Bend is a curve of the Danube
Danube
near Visegrád.

Balaton Uplands National Park

Autumn in the Bükk Mountains

Climate[edit] Hungary
Hungary
has a continental climate,[124] with hot summers with low overall humidity levels but frequent rainshowers and cold snowy winters. Average annual temperature is 9.7 °C (49.5 °F). Temperature extremes are 41.9 °C (107.4 °F) on 20 July 2007 at Kiskunhalas in the summer and −35 °C (−31.0 °F) on 16 February 1940 Miskolc-Görömbölytapolca in the winter. Average high temperature in the summer is 23 to 28 °C (73 to 82 °F) and average low temperature in the winter is −3 to −7 °C (27 to 19 °F). The average yearly rainfall is approximately 600 mm (23.6 in). A small, southern region of the country near Pécs
Pécs
enjoys a reputation for a Mediterranean climate, but in reality it is only slightly warmer than the rest of the country and still receives snow during the winter. Hungary
Hungary
is ranked sixth in an environmental protection index by GW/CAN.[125] Government and politics[edit] Main articles: Politics of Hungary, Government of Hungary, and Taxation in Hungary

János Áder, President since 2012

Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister since 2010

Hungary
Hungary
is a unitary, parliamentary, representative democratic republic. The Hungarian political system operates under a framework reformed in 2012; this constitutional document is the Fundamental Law of Hungary. Amendments generally require a two-thirds majority of parliament; the fundamental principles of the constitution (as expressed in the articles guaranteeing human dignity, the separation of powers, the state structure, and the rule of law) are valid in perpetuity. 199 Members of Parliament (országgyűlési képviselő) are elected to the highest organ of state authority, the unicameral Országgyűlés (National Assembly), every four years in a single-round first-past-the-post election with an election threshold of 5%. The Prime Minister (miniszterelnök) is elected by the National Assembly, serving as the head of government and exercising executive power. Traditionally, the Prime Minister is the leader of the largest party in parliament. The Prime Minister selects Cabinet ministers and has the exclusive right to dismiss them, although cabinet nominees must appear before consultative open hearings before one or more parliamentary committees, survive a vote in the National Assembly, and be formally approved by the president. The cabinet reports to parliament.

Sándor Palace
Sándor Palace
is the official residence of the President of Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building
Hungarian Parliament Building
in the bank of the Danube
Danube
in Budapest

The President of the Republic (köztársasági elnök) serves as the head of state and is elected by the National Assembly every five years. The president is invested primarily with representative responsibilities and powers: receiving foreign heads of state, formally nominating the Prime Minister at the recommendation of the National Assembly, and serving as Commander-in-chief
Commander-in-chief
of the armed forces. Importantly, the president is also invested with veto power, and may send legislation to the 15-member Constitutional Court
Court
for review. The third most-significant governmental position in Hungary
Hungary
is the Speaker of the National Assembly, who is elected by the National Assembly and responsible for overseeing the daily sessions of the body. The debt-to- GDP
GDP
ratio of Hungary
Hungary
had its peak in 2011 when it stood at 83% and decreased since then. According to Eurostat, the government gross debt of Hungary
Hungary
amounts to 25.119 billion HUF or 74.1% of its GDP
GDP
in 2016.[126] The government achieved a budget deficit 1.9% of the GDP
GDP
in 2015.[127] Hungary's credit rating by credit rating agencies Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch Ratings
Fitch Ratings
stands at Investment Grade BBB with a stable outlook in 2016. Political parties[edit] Main articles: Political parties in Hungary and Elections in Hungary

Current Structure of the National Assembly of Hungary

Structure

Seats 199

Political groups

Government (131)

     Fidesz
Fidesz
(114)      KDNP (17)

Opposition (68)

     MSZP (29)      Jobbik
Jobbik
(24)      LMP (5)      DK (4)      Együtt (3)      PM (1)      MLP (1)      Independent (1)

Since the fall of communism, Hungary
Hungary
has a multi-party system. The last Hungarian parliamentary election took place on 6 April 2014.[128] This parliamentary election was the 7th since the 1990 first multi-party election. The result was a victory for Fidesz–KDNP alliance, preserving its two-thirds majority with Viktor Orbán remaining Prime Minister.[129] It was the first election according to the new Constitution of Hungary which went into force on 1 January 2012. The new electoral law also entered into force that day. The voters elected 199 MPs instead of previous 386 lawmakers.[130][131] The current political landscape in Hungary
Hungary
is dominated by the conservative Fidesz, who have a near supermajority, and two medium-sized parties, the left-wing Hungarian Socialist Party
Hungarian Socialist Party
(MSZP) and nationalist Jobbik. The democratic character of the Hungarian parliament was reestablished with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of communist dictatorship in 1989. Today's parliament is still called Országgyűlés just like in royal times, but in order to differentiate between the historical royal diet is referred to as "National Assembly" now. The Diet of Hungary
Diet of Hungary
was a legislative institution in the medieval kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
from the 1290s,[132][133] and in its successor states, Royal Hungary
Royal Hungary
and the Habsburg kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
throughout the Early Modern period. The articles of the 1790 diet set out that the diet should meet at least once every 3 years, but, since the diet was called by the Habsburg monarchy, this promise was not kept on several occasions thereafter. As a result of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise, it was reconstituted in 1867. The Latin term Natio Hungarica ("Hungarian nation") was used to designate the political elite which had participation in the diet, consisting of the nobility, the Catholic clergy, and a few enfranchised burghers,[134][135] regardless of language or ethnicity.[136] Law and judicial system[edit] Main articles: Law of Hungary and Law enforcement in Hungary

The original and the future seat of The Curia, the highest court in Hungary

The Hungarian Police (Rendőrség) is the main state law enforcement agency in Hungary

The judicial system of Hungary
Hungary
is a civil law system divided between courts with regular civil and criminal jurisdiction and administrative courts with jurisdiction over litigation between individuals and the public administration. Hungarian law is codified and based on German law and in a wider sense, civil law or Roman law. The court system for civil and criminal jurisdiction consists of local courts (járásbíróság), regional appellate courts (ítélőtábla), and the supreme court (Kúria). Hungary's highest courts are located in Budapest.[137] Law enforcement in Hungary
Law enforcement in Hungary
is split among the police and Border Guards, and the National Tax and Customs Administration. The Hungarian Police is the main and largest state law enforcement agency in Hungary. It carries nearly all general police duties such as criminal investigation, patrol activity, traffic policing, border control. It is led by the National Police Commissioner under the control of the Minister of the Interior. The body is divided into county police departments which are also divided into regional and town police departments. The National Police also have child agencies with nationwide jurisdiction, such as the police force often mocked as the Hungarian FBI
FBI
"Nemzeti Nyomozó Iroda" (National Bureau of Investigation), a civilian police force specialised in investigating serious crimes, the gendarmerie-like, militarised "Készenléti Rendőrség" (Operational Police) mainly dealing with riots and often enforcing local police forces. Due to Hungary's accession to the Schengen Treaty, the Police and Border Guards were merged into a single national corps, with the Border Guards becoming Police Officers. This merger took place in January 2008. The Customs and Excise Authority remained to be subject to the Ministry of Finance under the National Tax and Customs Administration.[138] Administrative divisions[edit] Main article: Administrative divisions of Hungary Hungary
Hungary
is a unitary state nation divided into 19 states (megye). In addition, the capital (főváros), Budapest, is an independent entity. The states and the capital are the 20 NUTS third-level units of Hungary. The states are further subdivided into 174 counties (járás) as of 1 January 2013.[139] There are also 23 towns with county rights (megyei jogú város), sometimes known as "urban counties" in English. The local authorities of these towns have extended powers, but these towns belong to the territory of the respective county instead of being independent territorial units. County councils and municipalities have different roles and separate responsibilities relating to local government. The role of the counties are basically administrative and focus on strategic development, while preschools, public water utilities, garbage disposal, elderly care and rescue services are administered by the municipalities. Since 1996, the counties and City of Budapest
Budapest
have been grouped into 7 regions for statistical and development purposes. These seven regions constitute NUTS' second-level units of Hungary. They are Central Hungary, Central Transdanubia, Northern Great Plain, Northern Hungary, Southern Transdanubia, Southern Great Plain, and Western Transdanubia.

The current 174 ridings (járás) of Hungary

County (megye) Administrative centre Population Region

Bács-Kiskun Kecskemét 524,841 Southern Great Plain

Baranya Pécs 391,455 Southern Transdanubia

Békés Békéscsaba 361,802 Southern Great Plain

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Miskolc 684,793 Northern Hungary

Capital City of Budapest Budapest 1,744,665 Central Hungary

Csongrád Szeged 421,827 Southern Great Plain

Fejér Székesfehérvár 426,120 Central Transdanubia

Győr-Moson-Sopron Győr 449,967 Western Transdanubia

Hajdú-Bihar Debrecen 565,674 Northern Great Plain

Heves Eger 307,985 Northern Hungary

Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok Szolnok 386,752 Northern Great Plain

Komárom-Esztergom Tatabánya 311,411 Central Transdanubia

Nógrád Salgótarján 201,919 Northern Hungary

Pest Érd 1,237,561 Central Hungary

Somogy Kaposvár 317,947 Southern Transdanubia

Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg Nyíregyháza 552,000 Northern Great Plain

Tolna Szekszárd 231,183 Southern Transdanubia

Vas Szombathely 257,688 Western Transdanubia

Veszprém Veszprém 353,068 Central Transdanubia

Zala Zalaegerszeg 287,043 Western Transdanubia

Foreign relations[edit] Main article: Foreign relations of Hungary

Meeting of Visegrád Group
Visegrád Group
leaders, plus Germany
Germany
and France
France
in 2013

United Nations
United Nations
conference in the assembly hall of House of Magnates
House of Magnates
in the Hungarian Parliament

Hungary
Hungary
wields considerable influence in Central and Eastern Europe and is a middle power in international affairs.[29][30] The foreign policy of Hungary
Hungary
is based on four basic commitments: to Atlantic co-operation, to European integration, to international development and to international law. The Hungarian economy is fairly open and relies strongly on international trade. Hungary
Hungary
has been a member of the United Nations
United Nations
since December 1955 and a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group, the WTO, the World Bank, the AIIB and the IMF. Hungary
Hungary
took on the presidency of the Council of the European Union
European Union
for half a year in 2011 and the next will be in 2024. In 2015, Hungary
Hungary
was the fifth largest OECD
OECD
Non-DAC donor of development aid in the world, which represents 0.13% of its Gross National Income. Hungary's capital city, Budapest, is home to more than 100 embassies and representative bodies as an international political actor.[140] Hungary
Hungary
hosts the main and regional headquarters of many international organizations as well, including European Institute of Innovation
Innovation
and Technology, European Police College, United Nations
United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Centre for Democratic Transition, Institute of International Education, International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration, International Red Cross, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Danube Commission and others.[141] Since 1989, Hungary's top foreign policy goal has been achieving integration into Western economic and security organizations. Hungary joined the Partnership for Peace
Partnership for Peace
program in 1994 and has actively supported the IFOR
IFOR
and SFOR
SFOR
missions in Bosnia. Hungary
Hungary
since 1989 has also improved its often frosty neighborly relations by signing basic treaties with Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine. These renounce all outstanding territorial claims and lay the foundation for constructive relations. However, the issue of ethnic Hungarian minority rights in Romania, Slovakia
Slovakia
and Serbia
Serbia
periodically causes bilateral tensions to flare up. Hungary
Hungary
since 1989 has signed all of the OSCE documents, and served as the OSCE's Chairman-in-Office in 1997. Military[edit] Main article: Hungarian Defence Force The 2016 Global Peace Index
Global Peace Index
ranked Hungary
Hungary
19th out of 163 countries. The President holds the title of commander-in-chief of the nation's armed forces. The Ministry of Defence jointly with Chief of staff administers the armed forces, including the Hungarian Ground Force
Hungarian Ground Force
and the Hungarian Air Force. Since 2007, the Hungarian Armed Forces is under a unified command structure. The Ministry of Defence maintains the political and civil control over the army. A subordinate Joint Forces Command is coordinating and commanding the HDF corps. In 2016, the armed forces had 31,080 personnel on active duty, the operative reserve brought the total number of troops to fifty thousand. In 2017, military spending will be $1.21 billion, about 0.94% of the country's GDP, well below the NATO
NATO
target of 2%. In 2012, the government adopted a resolution in which it pledged to increase defence spending to 1.4% of GDP
GDP
by 2022.[142]

Branches of the Hungarian Defence Forces

Hungarian Ground Force HDF 34th Special
Special
Forces Battalion

Hungarian Air Force JAS 39 Gripen
JAS 39 Gripen
multirole combat aircraft

Military service
Military service
is voluntary, though conscription may occur in wartime. In a significant move for modernization, Hungary
Hungary
decided in 2001 to buy 14 JAS 39 Gripen
JAS 39 Gripen
fighter aircraft for about 800 million EUR. Hungarian National Cyber Security Center is re-organized in 2016 in order to become more efficient through cyber security.[143] In 2016, the Hungarian military has about 700 troops stationed in foreign countries as part of international peacekeeping forces, including 100 HDF troops in the NATO-led ISAF
ISAF
force in Afghanistan, 210 Hungarian soldiers in Kosovo
Kosovo
under command of KFOR, and 160 troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hungary
Hungary
sent 300 strong logistics unit to Iraq in order to help the US occupation with armed transport convoys, though public opinion opposed the country's participation in the war. One soldier was killed in action because of a roadside bomb in Iraq. During the 18th and 19th century, Hungarian Hussars rose to international fame and served as a model for light cavalry in many European countries.[144] In 1848–49 HDF achieved successes against better-trained and equipped Austrian forces, despite the Austrian advantage in numbers. In 1872, the Ludovica Military Academy officially began training cadets. By 1873 HDF already had over 2,800 officers and 158,000 men organized into eighty-six battalions and fifty-eight squadrons. During WWI, out of the eight million men mobilized by Austro Hungarian Empire, over one million died. During the 1930s and early 1940s, Hungary
Hungary
was preoccupied with regaining the territories and population lost in the Trianon peace treaty
Trianon peace treaty
at Versailles in 1920. Conscription
Conscription
was introduced on a national basis in 1939. The peacetime strength of the Royal Hungarian Army
Hungarian Army
grew to 80,000 men organized into seven corps commands.[145] During WWII the Hungarian Second Army
Hungarian Second Army
was near to total devastation on banks of the Don River in December 1942 in Battle for Stalingrad. During the Socialist and the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
era (1947–1989), the entire 200,000 strong Southern Group of Forces was garrisoned in Hungary, complete with artillery, tank regiments, air force and missile troops with nuclear weapons. Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Hungary

Hungary
Hungary
is part of the European Union's internal market with 508 million consumers and part of Schengen Area

Hungary's Export Treemap from Harvard Economic Complexity Observatory

Hungary
Hungary
is an OECD
OECD
high-income mixed economy with very high human development index and skilled labour force with the 16th lowest income inequality in the world, furthermore it is the 15th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index.[146] The Hungarian is the 57th-largest economy in the world (out of 188 countries measured by IMF) with $265.037 billion output,[9] and ranks 49th in the world in terms of GDP per capita
GDP per capita
measured by purchasing power parity. Hungary
Hungary
is an export-oriented market economy with a heavy emphasis on foreign trade, thus the country is the 36th largest export economy in the world. The country has more than $100 billion export in 2015 with high, $9.003 billion trade surplus, of which 79% went to the EU and 21% was extra-EU trade.[147] Hungary
Hungary
has a more than 80% privately owned economy with 39,1% overall taxation, which provides the basis for the country's welfare economy. On the expenditure side, household consumption is the main component of GDP
GDP
and accounts for 50 percent of its total use, followed by gross fixed capital formation with 22 percent and government expenditure with 20 percent.[148] Hungary
Hungary
continues to be one of the leading nations for attracting foreign direct investment in Central and Eastern Europe, the inward FDI in the country was $119.8 billion in 2015, while Hungary
Hungary
invests more than $50 billion abroad.[149] As of 2015[update], the key trading partners of Hungary
Hungary
were Germany, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, France, Italy, Poland
Poland
and Czech Republic.[150] Major industries include food processing, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, information technology, chemicals, metallurgy, machinery, electrical goods, and tourism (in 2014 Hungary
Hungary
welcomed 12.1 million international tourists).[151] Hungary
Hungary
is the largest electronics producer in Central and Eastern Europe. Electronics
Electronics
manufacturing and research are among the main drivers of innovation and economic growth in the country. In the past 20 years Hungary
Hungary
has also grown into a major center for mobile technology, information security, and related hardware research.[152] The employment rate in the economy was 68.3% in 2017,[153] the employment structure shows the characteristics of post-industrial economies, 63.2% of employed workforce work in service sector, the industry contributed by 29.7%, while agriculture with 7.1%. Unemployment rate was 4.1% in 2017 September,[154] down from 11% during the financial crisis of 2007–08. Hungary
Hungary
is part of the European single market which represents more than 508 million consumers. Several domestic commercial policies are determined by agreements among European Union
European Union
members and by EU legislation.

Budapest
Budapest
is a leading R&D and financial center in Central and Eastern Europe

Large Hungarian companies are included in the BUX, the Hungarian stock market index listed on Budapest
Budapest
Stock Exchange. Well-known companies include the Fortune Global 500 firm MOL Group, the OTP Bank, Gedeon Richter Plc., Magyar Telekom, CIG Pannonia, FHB Bank, Zwack
Zwack
Unicum
Unicum
and more.[155] Besides this Hungary
Hungary
has a large portion of specialised small and medium enterprise, for example a significant number of automotive suppliers and technology start ups among others.[156] Budapest
Budapest
is the financial and business capital of Hungary. The capital is a significant economic hub, classified as an Alpha- world city in the study by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network
Globalization and World Cities Research Network
and it is the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe
Europe
as GDP
GDP
per capita in the city increased by 2.4 per cent and employment by 4.7 per cent compared to the previous year in 2014.[157][158] On the national level, Budapest
Budapest
is the primate city of Hungary
Hungary
regarding business and economy, accounting for 39% of the national income, the city has a gross metropolitan product more than $100 billion in 2015, making it one of the largest regional economies in the European Union.[159][160] Budapest
Budapest
is also among the Top 100 GDP
GDP
performing cities in the world, measured by PricewaterhouseCoopers
PricewaterhouseCoopers
and in a global city competitiveness ranking by EIU, Budapest
Budapest
stands before Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Moscow
Moscow
and Johannesburg
Johannesburg
among others.[161][162] Hungary
Hungary
maintains its own currency, the Hungarian forint
Hungarian forint
(HUF), although the economy fulfills the Maastricht criteria with the exception of public debt, but it is also significantly below the EU average with the level of 75.3% in 2015. The Hungarian National Bank—founded in 1924, after the dissolution of Austro-Hungarian Empire—is currently focusing on price stability with an inflation target of 3%.[163] Science
Science
and technology[edit]

Albert Szent-Györgyi
Albert Szent-Györgyi
a Nobel Laureate in Medicine for discovery of Vitamin C. Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
has been awarded to 13 Hungarian laureates.

László Lovász, he was awarded the Wolf Prize and the Knuth Prize
Knuth Prize
in 1999, the Kyoto Prize
Kyoto Prize
in 2010, he is the current president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He previously served as the president of International Mathematical Union.

Main articles: Science and technology in Hungary
Science and technology in Hungary
and Education in Hungary Hungary's achievements in science and technology have been significant, and research and development efforts form an integral part of the country's economy. Hungary
Hungary
spent 1.4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on civil research and development in 2015, which is the 25th highest ratio in the world.[164] Hungary
Hungary
ranks 32nd among the most innovative countries in the Bloomberg Innovation
Innovation
Index, standing before Hong Kong, Iceland
Iceland
or Malta.[165] The Global Innovation
Innovation
Index places Hungary
Hungary
33th among the countries of the world in 2016.[166] In 2014, Hungary
Hungary
counted 2,651 full-time equivalent researchers per million inhabitants, steadily increasing from 2,131 in 2010 and compares with 3,984 in the US or 4,380 in Germany.[167] Hungary's high technology industry has benefited from both the country's skilled workforce and the strong presence of foreign high-tech firms and research centres. Hungary
Hungary
also has one of the highest rates of filed patents, the 6th highest ratio of high-tech and medium high-tech output in the total industrual output, the 12th highest research FDI inflow, placed 14th in research talent in business enterprise and has the 17th best overall innovation efficiency ratio in the world.[168] The key actor of research and development in Hungary
Hungary
is the National Research, Development and Innovation
Innovation
Office (NRDI Office), which is a national strategic and funding agency for scientific research, development and innovation, the primary source of advice on RDI policy for the Hungarian Government, and the primary RDI funding agency. Its role is to develop RDI policy and ensure that Hungary
Hungary
adequately invest in RDI by funding excellent research and supporting innovation to increase competitiveness and to prepare the RDI strategy of the Hungarian Government, to handle the National Research, Development and Innovation
Innovation
Fund, and represents the Hungarian Government and a Hungarian RDI community in international organizations.[169] Scientific research in the country is supported partly by industry and partly by the state, through the network of Hungarian universities and by scientific state-institutions such as Hungarian Academy of Sciences.[170][171] Hungary
Hungary
has been the home of some of the most prominent researchers in various scientific disciplines, notably physics, mathematics, chemistry and engineering. 13 Hungarian scientists have received the Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
yet.[172] Until 2012 three individuals: Csoma, János Bolyai
János Bolyai
and Tihanyi were included in the UNESCO Memory of the world register as well as the collective contributions: Tabula Hungariae
Tabula Hungariae
and Bibliotheca Corviniana. Contemporary, internationally well-known Hungarian scientists include: mathematician László Lovász, physicist Albert-László Barabási, physicist Ferenc Krausz, and biochemist Árpád
Árpád
Pusztai. Hungary
Hungary
is famous for its excellent mathematics education which has trained numerous outstanding scientists. Famous Hungarian mathematicians include father Farkas Bolyai
Farkas Bolyai
and son János Bolyai, who was one of the founders of non-Euclidean geometry; Paul Erdős, famed for publishing in over forty languages and whose Erdős numbers are still tracked, and John von Neumann, a key contributor in the fields of quantum mechanics and game theory, a pioneer of digital computing, and the chief mathematician in the Manhattan Project. Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Hungary

Siemens Desiro
Siemens Desiro
on Hungarian State Railways network, which is one of the densest in the world

Hungary
Hungary
has a highly developed road, railway, air and water transport system. Budapest, the capital, serves as an important hub for the Hungarian railway system (MÁV). The capital is served by three large train stations called Keleti (Eastern), Nyugati (Western), and Déli (Southern) pályaudvars. Szolnok
Szolnok
is the most important railway hub outside Budapest, while Tiszai Railway Station
Tiszai Railway Station
in Miskolc
Miskolc
and the main stations of Szombathely, Győr, Szeged, and Székesfehérvár
Székesfehérvár
are also key to the network. Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc, and Szeged
Szeged
have tram networks. The Budapest
Budapest
Metro is the second-oldest underground metro system in the world; its Line 1 dates from 1896 and is a World Heritage Site. The system consists of four lines. A commuter rail system, HÉV, operates in the Budapest
Budapest
metropolitan area. Hungary
Hungary
has a total length of approximately 1,314 km (816.48 mi) motorways (Hungarian: autópálya). Motorway sections are being added to the existing network, which already connects many major economically important cities to the capital. The most important port is Budapest. Other important ones include Dunaújváros
Dunaújváros
and Baja. There are five international airports in Hungary: Budapest
Budapest
Liszt Ferenc (informally called "Ferihegy" after its previous name), Debrecen, Sármellék (also called Hévíz-Balaton Airport), Győr-Pér, and Pécs-Pogány. The national carrier, MALÉV, operated flights to over 60, mostly European cities, but ceased operations in 2012. Low-budget airline WizzAir
WizzAir
is based in Hungary, at Ferihegy. Demographics[edit] Main articles: Demographics of Hungary
Demographics of Hungary
and Hungarians

Hungarian population development in the last thousand years

Hungary's population was 9,937,628 according to the 2011 census, thus the country is the 5th most populous in the Central and Eastern European region and medium-sized member state of the European Union. Population density
Population density
stands at 107 inhabitants per square kilometre, which is about two times higher than the world average. More than one quarter of the population lived in the Budapest
Budapest
metropolitan area, 6,903,858 people (69.5%) in cities and towns overall.[3] Like most other European countries, Hungary
Hungary
is experiencing sub-replacement fertility, with the total fertility rate estimated at 1.43 children born/woman in 2015, lower than the replacement rate of 2.1.[173] This is leading to gradual population decline and rapid aging. The recent decrease in birth rate occurred in the 1990s; dropping from 1.87 in 1990 to 1.28 in 1999.[174] In 2011, the conservative government began a program to increase the birth rate with a focus on ethnic Magyars
Magyars
by reinstating 3 year maternity leave as well as boosting part-time jobs. The birth rate has gradually increased from 1.27 children born/woman in 2011.[175] The natural decrease in the first 10 months of 2016 was only 25,828 which was 8,162 less than the corresponding period in 2015.[176] In 2015, 47.9% of births were to unmarried women.[177] Life expectancy was 71.96 years for men and 79.62 years for women in 2015,[178] growing continuously since the fall of Communism.[179] Two sizable groups of people are referred to as "national minorities" because their ancestors have lived in their respective regions for centuries in Hungary. There is a German minority (about 130,000) living throughout the whole country, and there is a Romani minority (about 300,000) that mainly resides in the northern part of the country. According to the 2011 census, there were 8,014,029 (80.7%) Hungarians, 608,957 (6.1%) Romani, 131,951 (1.3%) Germans, 29,647 (0.3%) Slovaks, 26,345 (0.3%) Romanians, and 23,561 (0.2%) Croats
Croats
in Hungary. 1,455,883 people (14.7% of the total population) did not declare their ethnicity. Thus, Hungarians
Hungarians
made up more than 90% of people who declared their ethnicity.[4] In Hungary, people can declare more than one ethnicity, so the sum of ethnicities is higher than the total population.[180] Today approximately 5 million Hungarians
Hungarians
live outside Hungary.

Largest urban areas of Hungary

Budapest Rank City Population Rank City Population

Debrecen

Szeged

1 Budapest 1,757,618 11 Szolnok 72,786

2 Debrecen 203,914 12 Tatabánya 66,791

3 Szeged 162,593 13 Érd 63,993

4 Miskolc 159,554 14 Kaposvár 63,742

5 Pécs 145,985 15 Sopron 61,390

6 Győr 129,372 16 Veszprém 60,761

7 Nyíregyháza 118,125 17 Békéscsaba 60,334

8 Kecskemét 111,836 18 Zalaegerszeg 58,959

9 Székesfehérvár 98,673 19 Eger 54,609

10 Szombathely 77,866 20 Nagykanizsa 48,241

Languages[edit] Main articles: Hungarian language
Hungarian language
and Languages of Hungary

Present-day regions in Europe
Europe
where Hungarian is the majority language

Hungarian is the official and predominant spoken language in Hungary. Hungarian is the 13th most widely spoken first language in Europe
Europe
with around 13 million native speakers and it is one of 24 official and working languages of the European Union.[181] Outside Hungary
Hungary
it is also spoken by communities of Hungarian people
Hungarian people
in neighbouring countries and by Hungarian diaspora
Hungarian diaspora
communities worldwide. According to the 2011 census, 9,896,333 people (99.6%) speak Hungarian in Hungary, of whom 9,827,875 people (99%) speak it as a first language, while 68,458 people (0.7%) speak it as a second language.[4] English (1,589,180 speakers, 16.0%), and German (1,111,997 speakers, 11.2%) are the most widely spoken foreign languages, while there are several recognized minority languages in Hungary
Hungary
(Croatian, German, Romanian, Romani, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Ukrainian).[3] Hungarian (Magyar) is a member of the Uralic language family, unrelated to any neighboring language and distantly related to Finnish and Estonian. It is the largest of the Uralic languages
Uralic languages
in terms of the number of speakers and the only one spoken in Central Europe. There are sizable populations of Hungarian speakers in Romania, the Czech and Slovak Republics, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Israel, and the U.S. Smaller groups of Hungarian speakers live in Canada, Slovenia, and Austria, but also in Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Chile. Standard Hungarian is based on the variety spoken in the capital of Budapest, although use of the standard dialect is enforced, Hungarian has a number of urban and rural dialects. Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Hungary

Esztergom Basilica, the largest Catholic Church in Hungary

The Reformed
Reformed
Great Church of Debrecen, a symbol of the Hungarian Reformed
Reformed
Church

Hungary
Hungary
is a historically Christian
Christian
country. Hungarian historiography identifies the foundation of the Hungarian state with Stephen I's baptism and coronation with the Holy Crown in A.D. 1000. Stephen promulgated Roman Catholicism
Catholicism
as the state religion, and his successors were traditionally known as the Apostolic Kings. The Catholic Church in Hungary
Catholic Church in Hungary
remained strong through the centuries, and the Archbishop of Esztergom
Archbishop of Esztergom
was granted extraordinary temporal privileges as prince-primate (hercegprímás) of Hungary. Contemporary Hungary
Hungary
has no official religion. The constitution "recognizes Christianity's nation-building role"[182] while affirming freedom of religion as a fundamental right. With the onset of the Protestant Reformation, most Hungarians
Hungarians
took up first Lutheranism, then soon afterwards Calvinism. In the second half of the 16th century, however, Jesuits
Jesuits
led a Counterreformation campaign and the population once again became predominantly Catholic. However, in comparison to other European regions where such efforts were undertaken, it was not at all successful largely because of religious freedom secured by Hungarian nobles, who often happened to be Calvinist
Calvinist
themselves. Some localities all over Hungary
Hungary
are still majority Protestant (either Lutheran
Lutheran
or Reformed) and the country's eastern regions, especially around Debrecen
Debrecen
(the " Calvinist
Calvinist
Rome"), remain predominantly Reformed.[183] Orthodox Christianity
Christianity
in Hungary
Hungary
is associated with the country's ethnic minorities: Romanians, Rusyns, Ukrainians, and Serbs. Historically, Hungary
Hungary
was home to a significant Jewish
Jewish
community. Some Hungarian Jews were able to escape the Holocaust during World War II, but most (perhaps 550,000[184]) were either deported to concentration camps, whence most did not return, or murdered in Hungary
Hungary
by Arrow Cross members. The 2011 census showed that the majority of Hungarians
Hungarians
were Christians (52.9%), with Roman Catholics (Katolikusok) (37.1%) and Hungarian Reformed
Reformed
Calvinists (Reformátusok) (11.1%) making up the bulk of these alongside Lutherans (Evangélikusok) (2.2%), Greek Catholics (2%), and Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
(0.1%). Jewish
Jewish
(0.1%), and Muslim (0.06%) communities are in the minority. 27.2% of the population did not declare a religious affiliation while 16.7% declared themselves explicitly irreligious, another 1.5% atheist.[4] Education[edit] Main article: Education in Hungary

Budapest
Budapest
University of Technology
Technology
and Economics, it is the oldest Institute of technology
Institute of technology
in the world, founded in 1782

Rector's Council Hall of Budapest
Budapest
Business School, the first public business school in the world, founded in 1857

Education in Hungary
Education in Hungary
are predominantly public, run by the Ministry of Education. Preschool-kindergarten education is compulsory and provided for all children between three and six years old, after which school attendance is also compulsory until the age of sixteen.[35] Primary education usually lasts for eight years. Secondary education
Secondary education
includes three traditional types of schools focused on different academic levels: the Gymnasium enrols the most gifted children and prepares students for university studies; the secondary vocational schools for intermediate students lasts four years and the technical school prepares pupils for vocational education and the world of work. The system is partly flexible and bridges exist, graduates from a vocational school can achieve a two years program to have access to vocational higher education for instance.[185] The Trends in International Mathematics
Mathematics
and Science
Science
Study (TIMSS) rated 13–14-year-old pupils in Hungary
Hungary
among the bests in the world for maths and science. Most of the Hungarian universities are public institutions, and students traditionally study without fee payment. The general requirement for university is the Matura. The Hungarian public higher education system includes universities and other higher education institutes, that provide both education curricula and related degrees up to doctoral degree and also contribute to research activities. Health insurance for students is free until the end of their studies. English and German language is important in Hungarian higher education, there are a number of degree programs that are taught in these languages, which attracts thousands of exchange students every year. Hungary's higher education and training has been ranked 44 out of 148 countries in the Global competitiveness Report 2014.[186] Hungary
Hungary
has a long tradition of higher education reflecting the existence of established knowledge economy. The established universities in Hungary
Hungary
include some of the oldest in the world, the first was the University of Pécs
Pécs
founded in 1367 which is still functioning, although, in the year 1276, the university of Veszprém was destroyed by the troops of Peter Csák, but it was never rebuilt. Sigismund
Sigismund
established Óbuda
Óbuda
University in 1395. Another, Universitas Istropolitana, was established 1465 in Pozsony
Pozsony
by Mattias Corvinus. Nagyszombat
Nagyszombat
University was founded in 1635 and moved to Buda
Buda
in 1777 and it is called Eötvös Loránd University
Eötvös Loránd University
today. The world's first institute of technology was founded in Selmecbánya, Kingdom of Hungary
Hungary
in 1735, its legal successor is the University of Miskolc. The Budapest
Budapest
University of Technology
Technology
and Economics is considered the oldest institute of technology in the world with university rank and structure, its legal predecessor the Institutum Geometrico-Hydrotechnicum was founded in 1782 by Emperor Joseph II. Health[edit] Main article: Healthcare in Hungary The Hungarian health care system is one of universal health care largely financed by government national health insurance. According to the OECD, 100% of the total population is covered by universal health insurance,[34] which is absolutely free for children, students, pensioners, people with low income, handicapped people, priests and other church employees.[187][188] According to the OECD
OECD
Hungary
Hungary
spent 7.8% of its GDP
GDP
on health care in 2012. Total health expenditure was 1,688.7 US$ per capita in 2011, 1,098.3 US$ governmental-fund (65%) and 590.4 US$ private-fund (35%).[189] Hungary
Hungary
is one of the main destinations of medical tourism in Europe. The country leads in dental tourism,[190][191] its share is 42% in Europe
Europe
and 21% worldwide.[191][192] Plastic surgery
Plastic surgery
is also a key sector, 30% of the clients come from abroad. Hungary
Hungary
is home to numerous medicinal spas,[193] spa tourism sometimes combined with other treatments.[194] 62,979 deaths (49.4% of all) in Hungary
Hungary
were caused by cardiovascular disease in 2013.[195] A number of cardiovascular disease deaths peaked in 1985 with 79,355, declining continuously since the fall of Communism.[195] The second most important cause of death was cancer with 33,274 (26.2% of all), stagnating since the 1990s.[195] A number of accident deaths dropped from 8,760 in 1990 to 3,654 in 2013, the number of suicides from 4,911 in 1983 to 2,093 in 2013 (21.1 per 100,000 people), the lowest data registered since 1956.[195] There are huge differences between the western and eastern parts of Hungary, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and suicide is prevalent in the mostly agricultural and low-income characteristic Great Plain, but infrequent in the high-income and middle class characteristic Western Transdanubia
Transdanubia
and Central Hungary.[196] Smoking
Smoking
also causes significant losses to Hungarian society. 28% of the adult population smoked in 2012, dropped to 19% in 2013 due to strict regulation.[197] Nationwide smoking bans expanded to every indoor public place, the sale of tobacco is limited to state-controlled tobacco shops called National Tobacco Shop.[198] The homicide rate was 1.3 per 100,000 people, which is among the lowest in the World. Culture[edit]

Esterháza Palace, the "Hungarian Versailles" in Fertőd, Győr-Moson- Sopron
Sopron
County

Main article: Culture of Hungary Architecture[edit] See also: List of Hungarian architects Hungary
Hungary
is home to the largest synagogue in Europe
Europe
(Great Synagogue), built in 1859 in Moorish Revival style with a capacity of 3000 people, the largest medicinal bath in Europe
Europe
(Széchenyi Medicinal Bath), completed in 1913 in Modern Renaissance
Renaissance
Style and located in the City park, the biggest building in Hungary
Hungary
with its 268 metres (879 feet) length (the Parliament building), one of the largest basilicas in Europe
Europe
(Esztergom Basilica), the second largest territorial abbey in the world (Pannonhalma Archabbey), and the largest early Christian necropolis outside Italy
Italy
(Pécs).

Royal Palace in Gödöllő, Pest County

St George's Abbey in Ják, Vas County

Notable architectural styles in Hungary
Hungary
include Historicism
Historicism
and Art Nouveau, or rather several variants of Art Nouveau. In contrast to Historicism, Hungarian Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
is based on the national architectural characteristics. Taking the eastern origins of the Hungarians
Hungarians
into account, Ödön Lechner
Ödön Lechner
(1845–1914), the most important figure in Hungarian Art Nouveau, was initially inspired by Indian and Syrian architecture, and later by traditional Hungarian decorative designs. In this way, he created an original synthesis of architectural styles. By applying them to three-dimensional architectural elements, he produced a version of Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
that was specific to Hungary.

The Museum of Applied Arts, an Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
building designed by Ödön Lechner

Turning away from the style of Lechner, yet taking inspiration from his approach, the group of "Young People" (Fiatalok), which included Károly Kós
Károly Kós
and Dezsö Zrumeczky, were to use the characteristic structures and forms of traditional Hungarian architecture to achieve the same end. Besides the two principal styles, Budapest
Budapest
also displays local versions of trends originating from other European countries. The Sezession from Vienna, the German Jugendstil, Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
from Belgium and France, and the influence of English and Finnish architecture are all reflected in the buildings constructed at the turn of the 20th century. Béla Lajta
Béla Lajta
initially adopted Lechner's style, subsequently drawing his inspiration from English and Finnish trends; after developing an interest in the Egyptian style, he finally arrived at modern architecture. Aladár Árkay
Aladár Árkay
took almost the same route. István Medgyaszay
István Medgyaszay
developed his own style, which differed from Lechner's, using stylised traditional motifs to create decorative designs in concrete. In the sphere of applied arts, those chiefly responsible for promoting the spread of Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
were the School and Museum of Decorative Arts, which opened in 1896. Foreigners have unexpectedly "discovered" that a significantly large portion of the citizens live in old and architecturally valuable buildings. In the Budapest
Budapest
downtown area almost all the buildings are about one hundred years old, with thick walls, high ceilings, and motifs on the front wall.[58][199] Music[edit] Main article: Music of Hungary

Hungarian State Opera House
Hungarian State Opera House
on Andrássy út
Andrássy út
(UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Hungarian music consists mainly of traditional Hungarian folk music and music by prominent composers such as Liszt
Liszt
and Bartók, considered to be among the greatest Hungarian composers. Other renowned composers are Dohnányi, Franz Schmidt, Zoltán Kodály, Gabriel von Wayditch, Rudolf Wagner-Régeny, László Lajtha, Franz Lehár, Imre Kálmán, Sándor Veress
Sándor Veress
and Rózsa. Hungarian traditional music tends to have a strong dactylic rhythm, as the language is invariably stressed on the first syllable of each word. Hungary
Hungary
has renowned composers of contemporary classical music, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Kodály
Zoltán Kodály
and Zoltán Jeney among them. One of the greatest Hungarian composers, Béla Bartók, was also among the most significant musicians of the 20th century. His music was invigorated by the themes, modes, and rhythmic patterns of the Hungarian and neighboring folk music traditions he studied, which he synthesized with influences from his contemporaries into his own distinctive style.[200]

Ferenc (Franz) Liszt, one of the greatest pianists of all time; well-known composer and conductor

Hungary
Hungary
has made many contributions to the fields of folk, popular and classical music. Hungarian folk music
Hungarian folk music
is a prominent part of the national identity and continues to play a major part in Hungarian music. Hungarian folk music
Hungarian folk music
has been significant in former country parts that belong – since the 1920 Treaty of Trianon – to neighbouring countries such as Romania, Slovakia, Poland
Poland
and especially in southern Slovakia
Slovakia
and Transylvania; both regions have significant numbers of Hungarians. After the establishment of a music academy led by Ferenc Erkel
Ferenc Erkel
and Franz Liszt
Liszt
Hungary
Hungary
produced an important number of art musicians:

Pianists: Ernő von Dohnányi, Ervin Nyíregyházi, Andor Földes, Tamás Vásáry, György Sándor, Géza Anda, Annie Fischer, György Cziffra, Edward Kilényi, Bálint Vázsonyi, András Schiff, Zoltán Kocsis, Dezső Ránki, Jenő Jandó and others. Violists: Joseph Joachim, Leopold Auer, Jenő Hubay, Jelly d'Arányi, Joseph Szigeti, Sándor Végh, Emil Telmanyi, Ede Zathurecky, Zsigmondy, Franz von Vecsey, Zoltán Székely, Tibor Varga and newcomers Antal Szalai, Vilmos Szabadi, Kristóf Baráti (b. 79) and others. Opera singers: Astrid Varnay, József Simándy, Júlia Várady, Júlia Hamari, Kolos Kováts (Bluebeard in Bartók's Bluebeard) Conductors: Eugene Ormandy, George Szell, Antal Doráti, János Ferencsik, Fritz Reiner, sir Georg Solti, István Kertész, Ferenc Fricsay, Zoltán Rozsnyai, Sándor Végh, Árpád
Árpád
Joó, Ádám Fischer, Iván Fischer, Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Gilbert Varga and others String Quartets: Budapest
Budapest
Quartet, Hungarian Quartet, Végh Quartet, Takács Quartet, Kodály Quartet, Éder Quartet, Festetics Quartet,

Béla Bartók, an influential composer from the early 20th century; one of the founders of ethnomusicology

Broughton claims that Hungary's "infectious sound has been surprisingly influential on neighboring countries (thanks perhaps to the common Austro-Hungarian history) and it's not uncommon to hear Hungarian-sounding tunes in Romania, Slovakia
Slovakia
and Poland".[201] It is also strong in the Szabolcs-Szatmár area and in the southwest part of Transdanubia, near the border with Croatia. The Busójárás
Busójárás
carnival in Mohács
Mohács
is a major Hungarian folk music
Hungarian folk music
event, formerly featuring the long-established and well-regarded Bogyiszló orchestra.[202] Hungarian classical music has long been an "experiment, made from Hungarian antecedents and on Hungarian soil, to create a conscious musical culture [using the] musical world of the folk song".[203] Although the Hungarian upper class has long had cultural and political connections with the rest of Europe, leading to an influx of European musical ideas, the rural peasants maintained their own traditions such that by the end of the 19th century Hungarian composers could draw on rural peasant music to (re)create a Hungarian classical style.[204] For example, Bartók
Bartók
collected folk songs from across Central and Eastern Europe, including Romania
Romania
and Slovakia, while Kodály was more interested in creating a distinctively Hungarian musical style. During the era of Communist rule in Hungary
Hungary
(1944–1989), a Song Committee
Committee
scoured and censored popular music for traces of subversion and ideological impurity. Since then, however, the Hungarian music industry has begun to recover, producing successful performers in the fields of jazz such as trumpeter Rudolf Tomsits, pianist-composer Károly Binder
Károly Binder
and, in a modernized form of Hungarian folk, Ferenc Sebő and Márta Sebestyén. The three giants of Hungarian rock, Illés, Metró and Omega, remain very popular, especially Omega, which has followings in Germany
Germany
and beyond as well as in Hungary. Older veteran underground bands such as Beatrice, from the 1980s, also remain popular. Literature[edit] Main article: Hungarian literature

The alphabet of the Székely-Hungarian Rovás script; the country switched to using the Latin alphabet
Latin alphabet
under king Saint
Saint
Stephen (reign: 1000–1038)

In the earliest times, Hungarian language
Hungarian language
was written in a runic-like script (although it was not used for literature purposes in the modern interpretation). The country switched to the Latin alphabet
Latin alphabet
after being Christianized under the reign of Stephen I of Hungary (1000–1038). The oldest remained written record in Hungarian language
Hungarian language
is a fragment in the Establishing charter of the abbey of Tihany
Establishing charter of the abbey of Tihany
(1055) which contains several Hungarian terms, among them the words feheruuaru rea meneh hodu utu rea, "up the military road to Fehérvár" The rest of the document was written in Latin.

The oldest extant Hungarian poem, Old Hungarian Laments of Mary (1190s)

The oldest remaining complete text in Hungarian language
Hungarian language
is the Funeral Sermon and Prayer
Funeral Sermon and Prayer
(Halotti beszéd és könyörgés) (1192–1195), a translation of a Latin sermon. The oldest remaining poem in Hungarian is the Old Hungarian Laments of Mary (Ómagyar Mária-siralom), also a (not very strict) translation from Latin, from the 13th century. It is also the oldest surviving Uralic poem. Among the first chronicles about Hungarian history
Hungarian history
were Gesta Hungarorum ("Deeds of the Hungarians") by the unknown author usually called Anonymus, and Gesta Hunnorum et Hungarorum ("Deeds of the Huns and the Hungarians") by Simon Kézai. Both are in Latin. These chronicles mix history with legends, so historically they are not always authentic. Another chronicle is the Képes krónika (Illustrated Chronicle), which was written for Louis the Great.

The Chronicon Pictum, a medieval illustrated chronicle from the 14th century

Renaissance
Renaissance
literature flourished under the reign of King Matthias (1458–1490). Janus Pannonius, although he wrote in Latin, counts as one of the most important persons in Hungarian literature, being the only significant Hungarian Humanist poet of the period. The first printing house was also founded during Matthias' reign, by András Hess, in Buda. The first book printed in Hungary
Hungary
was the Chronica Hungarorum. The most important poets of the period was Bálint Balassi (1554–1594) and Miklós Zrínyi (1620–1664). Balassi's poetry shows Mediaeval influences, his poems can be divided into three sections: love poems, war poems and religious poems. Zrínyi's most significant work, the epic Szigeti veszedelem ("Peril of Sziget", written in 1648/49) is written in a fashion similar to the Iliad, and recounts the heroic Battle of Szigetvár, where his great-grandfather died while defending the castle of Szigetvár. Among the religious literary works the most important is the Bible translation by Gáspár Károli
Gáspár Károli
(The second Hungarian Bible translation in the history), the Protestant pastor of Gönc, in 1590. The translation is called the Bible of Vizsoly, after the town where it was first published. (See Bible translations into Hungarian
Bible translations into Hungarian
for more details.)

Sándor Márai, Hungarian writer and journalist

The Hungarian enlightenment took place about fifty years after the French enlightenment. The first enlightened writers were Maria Theresia's bodyguards (György Bessenyei, János Batsányi
János Batsányi
and others). The greatest poets of the time were Mihály Csokonai Vitéz and Dániel Berzsenyi. The greatest figure of the language reform was Ferenc Kazinczy. The Hungarian language
Hungarian language
became feasible for all type of scientific explanations from this time, and furthermore many new words were coined for describing new inventions. Hungarian literature
Hungarian literature
has recently gained some renown outside the borders of Hungary
Hungary
(mostly through translations into German, French and English). Some modern Hungarian authors have become increasingly popular in Germany
Germany
and Italy
Italy
especially Sándor Márai, Péter Esterházy, Péter Nádas
Péter Nádas
and Imre Kertész. The latter is a contemporary Jewish
Jewish
writer who survived the Holocaust and won the Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
for literature in 2002. The older classics of Hungarian literature and Hungarian poetry have remained almost totally unknown outside Hungary. János Arany, a famous 19th-century Hungarian poet, is still much loved in Hungary
Hungary
(especially his collection of Ballads), among several other "true classics" like Sándor Petőfi, the poet of the Revolution of 1848, Endre Ady, Mihály Babits, Dezső Kosztolányi, Attila József, Miklós Radnóti
Miklós Radnóti
and János Pilinszky. Other well-known Hungarian authors are László Krasznahorkai, Ferenc Móra, Géza Gárdonyi, Zsigmond Móricz, Gyula Illyés, Albert Wass, Miklós Szentkuthy
Miklós Szentkuthy
and Magda Szabó. Cuisine[edit] Main article: Hungarian cuisine See also: Hungarian wine
Hungarian wine
and Beer in Hungary

Dobos cake
Dobos cake
at the Café Gerbeaud

Hungarian cuisine
Hungarian cuisine
is a prominent feature of the Hungarian culture, just like the art of hospitality. Traditional dishes such as the world-famous Goulash
Goulash
(gulyás stew or gulyás soup) feature prominently. Dishes are often flavoured with paprika (ground red peppers), a Hungarian innovation.[205] The paprika powder, obtained from a special type of pepper, is one of the most common spices used in typical Hungarian cuisine. Thick, heavy Hungarian sour cream called tejföl is often used to soften the dishes' flavour. The famous Hungarian hot river fish soup called Fisherman's soup or halászlé is usually a rich mixture of several kinds of poached fish. Other dishes are chicken paprikash, foie gras made of goose liver, pörkölt stew, vadas, (game stew with vegetable gravy and dumplings), trout with almonds and salty and sweet dumplings, like túrós csusza, (dumplings with fresh quark cheese and thick sour cream). Desserts include the iconic Dobos Cake, strudels (rétes), filled with apple, cherry, poppy seed or cheese, Gundel pancake, plum dumplings (szilvás gombóc), somlói dumplings, dessert soups like chilled sour cherry soup and sweet chestnut puree, gesztenyepüré (cooked chestnuts mashed with sugar and rum and split into crumbs, topped with whipped cream). Perec and kifli are widely popular pastries.

Hortobágyi palacsinta
Hortobágyi palacsinta
in Sopron

The csárda is the most distinctive type of Hungarian inn, an old-style tavern offering traditional cuisine and beverages. Borozó usually denotes a cozy old-fashioned wine tavern, pince is a beer or wine cellar and a söröző is a pub offering draught beer and sometimes meals. The bisztró is an inexpensive restaurant often with self-service. The büfé is the cheapest place, although one may have to eat standing at a counter. Pastries, cakes and coffee are served at the confectionery called cukrászda, while an eszpresszó is a cafeteria. Pálinka: is a fruit brandy, distilled from fruit grown in the orchards situated on the Great Hungarian Plain. It is a spirit native to Hungary
Hungary
and comes in a variety of flavours including apricot (barack) and cherry (cseresznye). However, plum (szilva) is the most popular flavour. Beer: Beer goes well with many traditional Hungarian dishes. The five main Hungarian brands are: Borsodi, Soproni, Arany Ászok, Kõbányai, and Dreher.

The famous Tokaji
Tokaji
wine. It was called "Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum" ("Wine of Kings, King of Wines") by Louis XIV of France

Wine: As Hugh Johnson says in The History of Wine, the territory of Hungary
Hungary
is ideal for wine-making. Since the fall of communism there has been a renaissance in Hungarian wine-making. The choice of quality wine is widening from year to year. The country can be divided to six wine regions: North-Transdanubia, Lake Balaton, South-Pannónia, Duna-region or Alföld, Upper- Hungary
Hungary
and Tokaj-Hegyalja. Hungarian wine
Hungarian wine
regions offer a great variety of styles: the main products of the country are elegant and full-bodied dry whites with good acidity, although complex sweet whites (Tokaj), elegant (Eger) and full-bodied robust reds ( Villány
Villány
and Szekszárd). The main varieties are: Olaszrizling, Hárslevelű, Furmint, Pinot gris
Pinot gris
or Szürkebarát, Chardonnay
Chardonnay
(whites), Kékfrankos
Kékfrankos
(or Blaufrankisch in German), Kadarka, Portugieser, Zweigelt, Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc and Merlot. The most famous wines from Hungary
Hungary
are Tokaji
Tokaji
Aszú and Egri Bikavér.[206][207] Tokaji, meaning "of Tokaj", or "from Tokaj" in Hungarian, is used to label wines from the wine region of Tokaj-Hegyalja. Tokaji
Tokaji
wine has received accolades from numerous great writers and composers including Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert
Schubert
and Goethe; Joseph Haydn's favorite wine was a Tokaji.[208] Louis XV
Louis XV
and Frederick the Great tried to outdo one another when they entertained guests with Tokaji. Napoleon III, the last Emperor of France, ordered 30–40 barrels of Tokaji
Tokaji
at the French Royal Court
Court
every year. Gustav III, King of Sweden, loved Tokaji.[208] In Russia, customers included Peter the Great and Empress Elizabeth, while Catherine the Great actually established a Russian garrison in the town of Tokaj with the aim of assuring regular wine deliveries to St. Petersburg.[208] For over 150 years, a blend of 40 Hungarian herbs has been used to create the liqueur Unicum. Unicum
Unicum
is a bitter, dark-coloured liqueur that can be drunk as an apéritif or after a meal, thus helping the digestion.[209] Recreation[edit]

Lake Hévíz, the largest thermal lake in Europe

Hungary
Hungary
is a land of thermal water. A passion for spa culture and Hungarian history
Hungarian history
have been connected from the very beginning. Hungarian spas feature Roman, Greek, Turkish, and northern country architectural elements.[210] Because of an advantageous geographical location, good quality thermal water can be found in great quantities on over 80% of Hungary's territory. Approximately 1,500 thermal springs can be found in Hungary (more than 100 just in the Capital area). There are approximately 450 public baths in Hungary.[211] The Romans heralded the first age of spas in Hungary. The remains of their bath complexes are still to be seen in Óbuda. Spa culture was revived during the Turkish Invasion
Turkish Invasion
and the thermal springs of Buda were used for the construction of a number of bathhouses, some of which such as (Király Baths, Rudas Baths) are still functioning. In the 19th century, the advancement in deep drilling and medical science provided the springboard for a further leap in bathing culture. Grand spas such as Gellért Baths, Lukács Baths, Margaret Island, and Széchenyi Medicinal Bath
Széchenyi Medicinal Bath
are a reflection of this resurgence in popularity. The Széchenyi Thermal
Thermal
Bath is the largest spa complex in Europe
Europe
and it was the first thermal bath built in the Pest side of Budapest.[212] This building is a noted example of modern Renaissance
Renaissance
Style. Located on the Buda
Buda
side of Budapest, the Gellért spa is the most famous and luxurious thermal complex of the capital city.[213] Folk art[edit]

Hungarians
Hungarians
dancing csárdás in traditional garments / folk costumes

Ugrós (Jumping dances): Old style dances dating back to the Middle Ages. Solo or couple dances accompanied by old style music, shepherd and other solo man's dances from Transylvania, and marching dances along with remnants of medieval weapon dances belong in this group. Karikázó: a circle dance performed by women only accompanied by singing of folksongs. Csárdás: New style dances developed in the 18–19th centuries is the Hungarian name for the national dances, with Hungarian embroidered costumes and energetic music. From the men's intricate bootslapping dances to the ancient women's circle dances, Csárdás
Csárdás
demonstrates the infectious exuberance of the Hungarian folk dancing still celebrated in the villages. Verbunkos: a solo man's dance evolved from the recruiting performances of the Austro-Hungarian army. The Legényes is a men's solo dance done by the ethnic Hungarian people living in the Kalotaszeg
Kalotaszeg
region of Transylvania. Although usually danced by young men, it can be also danced by older men. The dance is generally performed freestyle by one dancer at a time in front of a band. Women participate in the dance by standing in lines to the side, and singing or shouting verses while the men dance. Each man performs a number of points (dance phrases), typically four to eight without repetition. Each point consists of four parts, each lasting four counts. The first part is usually the same for everyone (there are only a few variations). It was in the beginning of the 18th-century that the present style of Hungarian folk art took shape, incorporating both Renaissance
Renaissance
and Baroque
Baroque
elements, depending on the area, as well as Persian Sassanide influences. Flowers and leaves, sometimes a bird or a spiral ornament, are the principal decorative themes. The most frequent ornament is a flower with a centerpiece resembling the eye of a peacock's feather. Nearly all the manifestations of folk art practiced elsewhere in Europe
Europe
also flourished among the Magyar peasantry at one time or another, their ceramics and textile being the most highly developed of all. The finest achievements in their textile arts are the embroideries which vary from region to region. Those of Kalotaszeg
Kalotaszeg
in Transylvania are charming products of Oriental design, sewn chiefly in a single color – red, blue, or black. Soft in line, the embroideries are applied on altar cloths, pillow-cases and sheets. In Hungary
Hungary
proper, Sárköz in Transdanubia
Transdanubia
and the Matyóföld in the Great Hungarian Plain
Great Hungarian Plain
produce the finest embroideries. In the Sárköz region the women's caps show black and white designs as delicate as lace, and give evidence of the people's wonderfully subtle artistic feeling. The embroidery motifs applied to women's wear have also been transposed to tablecloths and runners suitable for modern use as wall decorations. These vessels, made of black clay, reflect more than three hundred years of traditional Transdanubian folk patterns and shapes. No two are precisely alike, since all work is done by hand, including both the shaping and the decorating. The imprints are made by the thumb or a finger of the ceramist who makes the piece. Porcelain[edit] Main articles: Herend Porcelain
Herend Porcelain
and Zsolnay Founded in 1826, Herend Porcelain
Herend Porcelain
is one of the world's largest ceramic factories, specializing in luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain. In the mid-19th century it was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty and aristocratic customers throughout Europe. Many of its classic patterns are still in production. After the fall of communism in Hungary, the factory was privatised and is now 75% owned by its management and workers, exporting to over 60 countries of the world.[214] Zsolnay
Zsolnay
Porcelain
Porcelain
Manufacture is a Hungarian manufacturer of porcelain, pottery, ceramics, tiles and stoneware. The company introduced the eosin glazing process and pyrogranite ceramics. The Zsolnay
Zsolnay
factory was established by Miklós Zsolnay
Zsolnay
in Pécs, Hungary, to produce stoneware and ceramics in 1853. In 1863, his son, Vilmos Zsolnay
Zsolnay
(1828–1900) joined the company and became its manager and director after several years. He led the factory to worldwide recognition by demonstrating its innovative products at world fairs and international exhibitions, including the 1873 World Fair in Vienna, then at the 1878 World Fair in Paris, where Zsolnay
Zsolnay
received a Grand Prix. Sport[edit] See also: Hungary
Hungary
at the Olympics

Hungary men's national water polo team
Hungary men's national water polo team
is considered among the best in the world, holding the world record for Olympic golds and overall medals

Groupama Arena, Ferencvárosi TC's UEFA
UEFA
category four stadium

Ferenc Puskás, the best goalscorer of the 20th century, FIFA
FIFA
Puskás Award named after him

Hungarian athletes have been successful contenders in the Olympic Games, only seven countries have won more Olympic medals than Hungary, with a total of 497 medals ranking eighth in an all-time Olympic Games medal count. Hungary
Hungary
has the third-highest number of Olympic medals per capita and second-highest number of gold medals per capita in the world.[215] Hungary
Hungary
has historically excelled in Olympic water sports. In water polo the Hungarian team is the leading medal winner by a significant margin and in swimming Hungarian men are fourth most successful overall, while the women are eighth most successful overall. They have also seen success in canoeing and kayaking they are the third most successful overall. In 2015 the Assembly of the Hungarian Olympic Committee
Committee
and the Assembly of Budapest
Budapest
decided to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics
2024 Summer Olympics
but eventually awarded to Paris. Budapest
Budapest
has also lost several bids to host the games, in 1916, 1920, 1936, 1944, and 1960 to Berlin, Antwerp, London, and Rome, respectively.[216][217] The Hungarian Parliament also voted to support the bid on 28 January 2016, later Budapest
Budapest
City Council approved list of venues and Budapest
Budapest
became an official candidate for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Hungary
Hungary
hosted many global sport event in the past, among others the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships, 2000 World Fencing Championships, 2001 World Allround Speed Skating Championships, 2008 World Interuniversity Games, 2008 World Modern Pentathlon Championships, 2010 ITU World Championship Series, 2011 IIHF World Championship, 2013 World Fencing Championships, 2013 World Wrestling Championships, 2014 World Masters Athletics Championships
World Masters Athletics Championships
and will in the future, like 2017 World Aquatics Championships, 2017 World Judo Championships, only in the last two decade. Besides these, Hungary
Hungary
was the home of many European-level tournaments, like 2006 European Aquatics Championships, 2010 European Aquatics Championships, 2013 European Judo Championships, 2013 European Karate Championships and will be the host of 4 matches in the UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2020, which will be held in the 67,889-seat new multi-purpose Puskás Ferenc Stadium. The Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungarian Grand Prix
in Formula One
Formula One
has been held at the Hungaroring
Hungaroring
just outside Budapest, which circuit has FIA
FIA
Grade 1 license.[218] Since 1986, the race has been a round of the FIA
FIA
Formula One World Championship. At the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, it was confirmed that Hungary
Hungary
will continue to host a Formula 1 race until 2021.[219] The track was completely resurfaced for the first time in early 2016, and it was announced the Grand Prix's deal was extended for a further 5 years, until 2026.[220] Chess
Chess
is also a popular and successful sport in Hungary, the Hungarian players are the 10th most powerful overall on the ranking of World Chess
Chess
Federation.[221] There are about 54 Grandmasters and 118 International Masters
International Masters
in Hungary, which is more than in France
France
or United Kingdom. World top junior player is the Hungarian Richárd Rapport currently on the FIDE
FIDE
World Rankings, while Judit Polgár generally considered the strongest female chess player of all time. Some of the world's best sabre athletes have historically also hailed from Hungary,[222][223] and in 2009, the Hungarian national ice hockey team qualified for their first IIHF World Championship, in 2015, they qualified for their second World Championship in the top division. Hungary
Hungary
has won its first gold medal in Winter Olympics in 2018 in mens short track speed skating with a team of four: Csaba Burján, Sándor Liu, Shaoang Liu, Viktor Knoch.[224] Football[edit] See also: Football in Hungary Hungary
Hungary
has won three Olympic football titles, finished runners-up in the 1938 and 1954 FIFA
FIFA
World Cups, and third in the 1964 UEFA
UEFA
European Football Championship. Hungary
Hungary
revolutionized the sport in the 1950s, laying the tactical fundamentals of total football and dominating international football with the Aranycsapat ("Golden Team"), which included Ferenc Puskás, top goalscorer of the 20th century,[225][226][227] to whom FIFA
FIFA
dedicated[228] its newest award, the Puskás Award. The side of that era has the second all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in the world, with 2166, and one of the longest undefeated runs in football history, remaining unbeaten in 31 games spanning more than four years.[229] The post-golden age decades saw a gradually weakening Hungary, though recently there is renewal in all aspects. The Hungarian Children's Football Federation was founded in 2008, as youth development thrives. For the first time in Hungarian football's history, they hosted the 2010 UEFA Futsal Championship
2010 UEFA Futsal Championship
in Budapest
Budapest
and Debrecen, the first time the MLSZ staged a UEFA
UEFA
finals tournament. Also, the national teams have produced some surprise successes such as beating Euro 2004
Euro 2004
winner Greece
Greece
3–2[230] and 2006 FIFA World Cup
2006 FIFA World Cup
winner Italy
Italy
3–1.[231] During UEFA
UEFA
Euro 2016 Hungary
Hungary
won Group F and were eventually defeated in the round of 16. See also[edit]

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Faroe Islands1

autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark

United Kingdom

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Crown dependencies

Special
Special
areas of internal sovereignty

Finland

Åland Islands

autonomous region subject to the Åland Convention of 1921

Norway

Svalbard

unincorporated area subject to the Svalbard
Svalbard
Treaty

United Kingdom

Northern Ireland

country of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
subject to the British-Irish Agreement

1 Oceanic islands within the vicinity of Europe
Europe
are usually grouped with the continent even though they are not situated on its continental shelf. 2 Some countries completely outside the conventional geographical boundaries of Europe
Europe
are commonly associated with the continent due to ethnological links.

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Council of Europe

Institutions

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Committee
of Ministers Parliamentary Assembly Congress Court
Court
of Human Rights Commissioner for Human Rights Commission for the Efficiency of Justice Commission against Racism and Intolerance

Members

Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia1 Malta Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom

Observers

Canada Holy See Israel Japan Mexico United States Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Former members

Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
(1991–1992) Saar (assoc. 1950–1956)

1 Provisionally referred to by the Council of Europe
Europe
as "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"; see Macedonia naming dispute.

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD)

History

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OECD
Anti-Bribery Convention

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Ministerial Conferences

1st (1996) 2nd (1998) 3rd (1999) 4th (2001) 5th (2003) 6th (2005) 7th (2009) 8th (2011) 9th (2013) 10th (2015)

People

Roberto Azevêdo
Roberto Azevêdo
(Director-General) Pascal Lamy Supachai Panitchpakdi Alejandro Jara Rufus Yerxa

Members

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European Union

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Special
Special
administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, participates as "Hong Kong, China" and "Macao China". Officially the Republic of China, participates as "Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu", and "Chinese Taipei" in short.

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North Atlantic Treaty
North Atlantic Treaty
Organization

History

North Atlantic Treaty Summit Operations Enlargement

Structure

Council Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

Air Command Land Command Maritime Command JFC Brunssum JFC Naples

Allied Command Transformation Parliamentary Assembly Standardization Agreement

People

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Members

Albania Belgium Bulgaria Canada Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Turkey United Kingdom United States

Multilateral relations

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La Francophonie

Membership

Members

Albania Andorra Armenia Belgium

French Community

Benin Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada

New Brunswick Quebec

Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Comoros Cyprus1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo Djibouti Dominica Egypt Equatorial Guinea France

French Guiana Guadeloupe Martinique St. Pierre and Miquelon

Gabon Ghana1 Greece Guinea Guinea-Bissau Haiti Ivory Coast Laos Luxembourg Lebanon Macedonia2 Madagascar Mali Mauritania Mauritius Moldova Monaco Morocco Niger Qatar Romania Rwanda St. Lucia São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal Seychelles Switzerland Togo Tunisia Vanuatu Vietnam

Observers

Argentina Austria Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia Czech Republic Dominican Republic Georgia Hungary Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Montenegro Mozambique Ontario Poland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia South Korea Thailand Ukraine United Arab Emirates Uruguay

1 Associate member. 2 Provisionally referred to by the Francophonie as the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"; see Macedonia naming dispute.

Organization

Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique Agence universitaire de la Francophonie

Secretaries-General

Boutros Boutros-Ghali Abdou Diouf Michaëlle Jean

Culture

French language UN French Language Day International Francophonie Day Jeux de la Francophonie Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie Senghor University AFFOI TV5Monde LGBT rights

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World Heritage Sites in Hungary

Cultural

Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda
Buda
Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue Early Christian
Christian
Necropolis of Pécs
Pécs
(Sopianae) Old Village of Hollókő
Hollókő
and its Surroundings Hortobágy National Park
Hortobágy National Park
- the Puszta Fertő / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape1 Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape

Natural

Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst2

1 Shared with Austria 2 Shared with Slovakia

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