20 Happy Facts About Hungary
Do you know someone who lives in this wonderful country or are you looking to move here? Impress your friends with your wealth of local knowledge with these 21 facts about Hungary!
- Hungary is a small landlocked country in Central Europe.
- It is bordered by Austria to the northwest, Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Romania to the east, Serbia and Montenegro to the south, Croatia to the southwest and Slovenia to the west.
- Are you heading over to Hungary? Head for the coordinates of 47.4333° N, 19.2500° E to find yourself in this wonderful country again!
- Hungary consists mostly of flat to rolling plains, whilst on the Slovakian borders there are hills and low mountains.
- The total land area of Hungary is 35,919 square miles (93,030 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than Ireland (entire island).
- Hungary’s population was 9.9 million in 2015…
- …that’s around 1.5 times the population of Northern and Southern Ireland combined.
- The capital is Budapest; it covers an area of 203 square miles (525 square kilometres) and had a population of 1.7 million in 2015.
- Hungarians enjoy a temperate climate with cold, cloudy winters and warm summers.
- The official language of Hungary is… drum roll… Hungarian!
- Hungarian Forint is the official currency here.
- Did you know the Rubik’s Cube was invented by Hungarian engineer, Erno Rubik? The ball point pen is also a Hungarian invention, created by László József Bíró!
- Since 1993, Budapest has played host to one of Europe’s largest rock festivals! The Sziget Festival has seen as many as 390,000 music fans congregate to watch more than 1,000 performances each year!
- Hungarians live for an average of 72 years.
- In Hungary, people are introduced by their surname, then their first name! It’s important to note, however, that you would still use their first name whilst talking to them.
- When Hungarians have children, they must choose a name from a pre-approved list set out by the government! If your chosen name isn’t on the list, you must submit an application for it to be accepted.
- Hungary grows corn, wheat, potatoes, sunflower seeds and sugar beets; it also rears pigs.
- Its industry consists of mining, metallurgy, processed foods, construction materials, textiles and chemicals.
- Hungary exports machinery and equipment, food products and raw materials.