Hungary

Hungary Destinations Travel Guide

 

Flag of Hungary

Official language: Hungarian

Currency: Forint (HUF)

Calling Code: 36

Time Zone: UTC +1

Emergency numbers:

Ambulance: 104
Mobile: 112
Police: 107
Fire: 105

 

Hungary (Hungarian. Magyarország literally - “Hungarian country, Country of Hungarians (magyarok)”) - a state in Central Europe. The population is 9,772,756 (2019), the area is 93,036 km². It occupies 89th place in the world in terms of population and 108th in territory.

The capital is Budapest. The official language is Hungarian.

According to the state system - a unitary parliamentary republic.

Since May 2010, Viktor Orban has been Prime Minister.

It is subdivided into 20 administrative-territorial units, 19 of which are copper, and 1 is a city of republican subordination, equated to copper.

Continental state in the center of Europe, landlocked. It has land borders with Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.

Most believers (about 54.5% of the population) profess Catholicism.

An industrial country with a dynamically developing economy. The volume of nominal GDP in 2015 amounted to 137 billion US dollars (about 13,910 US dollars per capita). The currency is the Hungarian forint (the exchange rate as of May 8, 2016 is 275 forints for 1 US dollar).

Member of the UN since 1955, joined the GATT in 1973, joined the IMF and IBRD in 1982, the Council of Europe in 1991. Since 1999, a member of NATO, since 2004 - the European Union. Since January 1, 2011, Hungary has been chairing the European Union for six months.

 

Travel Destinations in Hungary

Budapest

 

Central Hungary

Esztergom
Gödöllő
Budaörs
Cegléd
Dunakeszi
Érd
Szentendre
Szigetszentmiklós
Vác

 

Lake Balaton

Siófok
Keszthely
Tapolca
Balatonfüred
Marcali
Balatonalmádi
Fonyód
Hévíz
Gyenesdiás
Vonyarcvashegy
Zalakaros

 

Western Transdanubia

Győr
Körmend
Kőszeg
Mosonmagyaróvár
Nagykanizsa
Sárvár
Sopron
Szombathely
Zalaegerszeg
Festetics Palace
Pannonhalma Abbey

 

Northern Hungary

Balassagyarmat
Eger
Gyöngyös
Hatvan
Kazincbarcika
Mezőkövesd
Miskolc
Ózd
Salgótarján
Aggtelek National Park
Bükk National Park
Boldogkő Castle
Diósgyőr Castle
Hollókő

 

Northern Great Plain

Balmazújváros
Debrecen
Hajdúböszörmény
Hajdúszoboszló
Jászberény
Karcag
Nyíregyháza
Szolnok
Törökszentmiklós
Hortobágy National Park

 

Southern Great Plain

Baja
Békéscsaba
Gyula
Hódmezővásárhely
Kecskemét
Kiskunfélegyháza
Kiskunhalas
Orosháza
Szeged

 

Central Transdanubia

Ajka
Dunaújváros
Komárom
Pápa
Székesfehérvár
Tata
Tatabánya
Várpalota
Veszprém
Bory Castle
Csesznek Castle
Kinizsi Castle
Sümeg Castle

 

Southern Transdanubia

Barcs
Dombóvár
Kaposvár
Komló
Mohács
Paks
Pécs
Szekszárd
Szigetvár
Siklos Castle
Simontornya Castle

 

Geographic data

The territory of Hungary has a predominantly flat relief. Most of it is located on the Middle Danube Plain. The western part of the Dunántúl plain (Dunantul, literally - "Transdanube") is dissected by numerous hills, up to 300 m high; eastern Alföld (Alföld, literally - "Low Earth") has a flat, low-lying relief. The north-west of the country is occupied by the Kisalföld lowland (Kisalföld, literally - “Little Low Earth”), bounded in the west by the Alpokalya upland, which is the foothills of the Alps, 500–800 m high (Irott-kö: 883 m). To the north of Lake Balaton stretch the Middle Hungarian Mountains with plateau-like massifs 400-700 m high (Bakon, Vertes, Dunazug). In the southern part of Dunantul, blocky mountains of Mechek rise up to 681 m high (Zengyo mountain). In the north of Hungary, there are spurs of the Western Carpathians up to 1000 m high. They are dissected by wide river valleys and represent isolated volcanic massifs and limestone plateaus (Berzhen, Cerhat, Matra, Bukk, Cherehat, Zempleni-Hedsheg ...). Here (in Matra) is the highest point of Hungary - Mount Kekes (1014 m). In the mountains on the border with Slovakia is one of the largest karst caves in Europe Aggtelek with underground rivers and lakes.

Bauxites, brown coal, oil, gas, iron, manganese, copper, lead-zinc ores, mineral and thermal waters are mined from minerals in Hungary.

The position of Hungary, surrounded by mountains, has led to a continental type of climate with mild winters and hot summers. Precipitation per year is from 450 mm in the east to 900 mm in the mountains.

All rivers of Hungary belong to the Danube basin. The Danube itself crosses the country from north to south for 410 km. The largest lake - Balaton - is an important international tourist center. Near its western tip is Europe's largest lake of thermal origin - Lake Heviz, which has a balneo-mud resort.

The vegetation cover of Hungary has been significantly altered by man over time. Most of the territory is dominated by cultivated vegetation - arable land, orchards, vineyards. Forests are preserved in the mountains (mainly in the north-east of the country near the border with Slovakia) and occupy about 20% of the territory (broad-leaved forests grow up to a height of 800-1000 m, spruce-fir forests are found higher). The soil cover of the plains is represented by chernozem, solonchaks are found in Alföld, and brown soils and rendzyas are found in the mountains.

 

History

In the first time of its existence, Hungary did not have any signs of statehood. The lands of Hungary were part of the Roman Empire. Later, the empire collapsed into two parts: the Western Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire. Further the territory of the present country was captured by Avars. After the Avar Kaganate was defeated, helping Byzantium in the struggle against the Sassanid state, a new state appeared - the Kingdom of Hungary.

early years
Around 900-1000 Hungarian tribes populate the Central Danube plain. In 1001, the ruler of Hungary, Istvan the Holy, took the title of king, and the Kingdom of Hungary was proclaimed. Until 1301, the Arpad dynasty ruled in Hungary, and at that time the Hungarian kingdom had relations with Byzantium, and was torn by conflicts between representatives of its dynasty, and fought with the Russian princes, and survived the Mongol invasion. Then the throne of Hungary was initially in the hands of the rulers of the Kingdom of Bohemia from the Przemyslovich dynasty, and then fell into the hands of the Bavarian Wittelsbachs and representatives of Anjou - Sicilian and Luxembourg houses. In 1438, the Duke of Austria, Albrecht II of the Habsburg Dynasty, became King of Hungary, but soon the Kingdom of Hungary fell into the hands of King of Poland Vladislav III Varnenchik of the Jagiellonian Dynasty. The latter dies during the war with the Ottoman Turks, and Ladislav Postum from the Albertine line of the Habsburg dynasty becomes the Hungarian king. However, in 1458, the Transylvanian tycoon Matthias Hunyadi stood at the head of the Hungarian kingdom, and the time of his reign is considered to be the time of the last exaltation of the independent Hungarian kingdom. In 1490, the Jagiellons were finally established on the Hungarian throne, but their power in Hungary ends during the European campaigns of the Turkish Sultan Suleiman Kanuni.

Confrontation to the Turks
On August 29, 1526, at the battle of Mohach, 50,000 the army of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I, led by the great Vizier Ibrahim Pasha, inflicted 25 thousand the Hungarian army was severely defeated: the main reason was the ensuing feudal anarchy; many Hungarian nobles did not appear at the call of the king, the feudal lords did not dare to arm the peasants. Lajosh II drowned in a swamp while fleeing; 12 days later, Suleiman entered the capital, which surrendered to the Turks without a fight. The Turks robbed all the land to Pest and Balaton, only in the first year they captured up to 200 thousand people. The Dowager Queen Mary fled to Pozhony (Bratislava); in September 1526, Ferdinand I of Habsburg was elected king of the Czech Republic, but Janos Zapolyai was proclaimed on November 11 at the Diet in Székesfehervár. However, Ferdinand, having bribed many nobles, was elected king of Hungary on December 17, 1526. On the territory of Hungary, which had not yet come under Turkish rule, a long-standing war broke out between supporters of Ferdinand and Janos Zapolyai, while Hungarian feudal lords constantly moved from one camp to another, pursuing only their own benefits. Meanwhile, in 1527-1528. the Turks took all the Hungarian fortresses on the Danube, captured the whole of Bosnia, Croatia and Slavonia. After the looting of Rome in 1527, the Habsburg troops were transferred to Hungary and inflicted a series of defeats on Janos Zapolyai. Then, in January 1528, Zapolyai, according to the treaty in Istanbul, surrendered under the protection of Suleiman. In March 1528, the Habsburg troops won a new victory over Zapolyai, who had to flee to Poland. In response, Suleiman I again went on a campaign in 1529, in August 1529 the Turks and Hungarian adherents of Zapolyai occupied Buda and restored King Janos on the throne. Against Ferdinand, Suleiman moved on to Austria; in September - October 1529 the Turks besieged Vienna and could not take the city, but continued to support Janos Zapolyai. Negotiations between Austria and Turkey were unsuccessful, in 1532-1533. a new war between Turks and Austrians on the territory of Hungary; Ferdinand’s brother, Emperor Charles V, deftly defended himself in Austria and did not let the Turks go deeper into Germany. On July 23, 1533, the first Austro-Turkish peace treaty was concluded in Istanbul, according to which most of Hungary was ruled by Janos Zapolyai and vassally dependent on the Turks, and the lands in the west and north-west of Hungary were transferred to Austria, which pledged annually for this pay the sultan 30 thousand ducats.

 

In the years 1530-1534. The actual regent of Hungary was Alvise Luigi Gritti (the illegitimate son of Doge Andrea Gritti), a friend of Ibrahim Pasha and a confidant of Suleiman. Gritti played the role of mediator between Suleiman and Zapolyaye, but got involved in adventures, tried to undermine Zapolyaye’s power, and in July 1534 killed one of his main supporters in Transylvania - Bishop Imre Tsibak of Nadvarad. However, the Transylvanian magnates with the help of the Moldavian ruler Peter Raresh attacked the Gritti camp in September 1534, he was captured and brutally executed. The positions of Janos Zapolye gradually weakened, the pope excommunicated him from the church; for a long time Zapolyaya did not have direct heirs, and little by little he began to incline towards the idea of ​​recognizing Ferdinand of Habsburg as his heir in Hungary.

On February 24, 1538, peace was concluded in Nagyvarad between supporters of Ferdinand and Zapolyaya, according to which Ferdinand was recognized as the only contender for the throne, and the possible heirs of Zapolyaya received a generous reward. In 1539, Janos Zapolyai married Isabella, daughter of the Polish king Sigismund I; On July 7, 1540, the new queen gave birth to a son, Janos Zigmond, and on July 22, 1540, Janos Zapolyai died, taking an oath from his barons that they would refuse to fulfill the conditions of the Nagyvarad peace. The almighty counselor and last treasurer of the deceased king György Martinutstsi ("brother György", Barad Varada) ensured that the baby Janos игygmond was elected king under the name of Janos II and recognized by Istanbul. Ferdinand I decided to seize the possessions of Janos Gigmond, sending troops to Buda; the Austro-Turkish war of 1540-1547 began. Suleiman set out on a campaign under the slogan of protecting the rights of Janos Gigmond and in August 1541 he again captured Buda; in 1543 he captured Esztergom, Szekesfehervar, Tatu, Pecs and Siklosh, then another series of fortresses between the Danube and Tisza. Thus, during this war, Hungary was divided into three parts: the central and southern regions came under the direct control of the Turkish Sultan, the western ones became part of the Habsburg possessions (the truncated Hungarian kingdom under the control of the Austrians and with the capital in Požoni), the eastern made up the possessions of Janos игigmond , gradually turned into a new state - the principality of Transylvania.

Not all Hungarians resisted the conquerors: the peasants of the southeast perceived the Turks as liberators from the dominance of local feudal lords, who overlaid them with excessive exactions. The Turks, however, sought to secure support from the Hungarian peasants and treated them very gently, especially trying to provide patronage to the cities. Buda became the center of the Vilayet Hungary, subdivided into Sanjak. Beylerbey Buda had the title of pasha and was the military, administrative and judicial ruler of the vilayet. He had the right to call for help from the neighboring neighboring Bosnia vilayet, as well as another air force, with a center in Temesvar, established a little later. Tribute to the Ottomans from Transylvania was small, on the lands of the Sultan, the Hungarian peasants were also not overly burdened with taxes. No persecution of the Christian faith was observed in the Hungarian possessions of the Ottomans, although conversion to Islam was strongly encouraged. Transylvania generally turned into a unique “island” of tolerance in the middle of Europe covered by religious wars: Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism and the Uniate Church peacefully coexisted here, which was confirmed by the Transylvanian Sejm of 1571 in Tirgu Mures. The period of the Ottoman protectorate was the period of cultural prosperity of Transylvania, which began shortly after the battle of Mojac; then the cult of King Matthias was born, whose authoritarianism now seemed a blessing.

In 1566, Hungary again became a rivalry between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburgs, as a result of which the elderly Sultan Suleiman Kanuni made a campaign against Hungary. Although the Sigetvar fortress fell, the victory of the Turks was overshadowed by the death of the Sultan Suleiman. In 1570, Janos игigmond and Maximilian II signed an agreement in Speyer, according to which Janos игigmond renounced the Hungarian crown, for which he was recognized by the Hapsburg prince of Transylvania (as a vassal princedom within Hungary) and received the long title “princeps Transsylvaniae et partium regni Hungariae domaria "(" Prince of Transylvania and ruler of part of Hungary "). This structure was preserved after the death of Janos Жigmond, although the Zapolyai dynasty was cut short on it. Janos II wanted to leave the princedom to his treasurer Caspar Bekes, but the Transylvanian nobility proclaimed Prince Istvan Batori (1571-1576), after which the practice of electing Transylvanian princes, who only occasionally transferred the throne from father to son, was established.

 

Part of the Austrian state
Finally, Royal Hungary, which remained under the rule of the Habsburgs, existed as an integral part of the Austrian state with its capital in Presburg (Požoni). Immediately after being elected Hungarian king, Ferdinand I created his own government (province), whose head was the Palatine; if this post was vacant, one of the Hungarian archbishops or bishops received control. The families of Battiani, Batori, Erdedy, Nadashdi, Zrinyi and other Hungarian clans held high posts in Po Пожoni or, heading the committee, had under their command numerous groups of the middle nobility. They contained significant private armies and magnificent courtyards. The estates of Royal Hungary zealously defended their rights to the Habsburgs, and the autonomy of the Hungarians as part of Austria was far from nominal.

In the sixteenth century, in Hungary, especially in Transylvania, Calvinism quickly spread, which made the Catholic Church very crowded, although the Reformation did not triumph there completely. The extraordinary popularity of Protestantism among the people was explained by the fact that it gave satisfactory answers to questions that worried Hungarian society. According to the Catholic interpretation, the Turks were a heavenly punishment sent down to the Hungarians for sins; according to the Protestant concept, the Hungarians were God's chosen people, subjected to severe trials: proving the firmness of their faith, the Hungarians will be freed from the power of strangers. Protestant dogma paid particular attention to the system of educational institutions at all levels; even in the poorest parish schools of the smallest Transylvanian villages, you could find excellent school teachers; under Matthias, an illustrated manuscript collection was considered an ordinary book, which cost a fortune, and just a century later, a print edition of Homer could be bought on the market at a price equal to the cost of a kilogram of meat or a gallon of wine.

Three more Austro-Turkish wars (1551-1562, 1566-1568, 1592-1606) led to a slight expansion of the Ottoman possessions in Hungary. Successful offensive of the Austrians in the 1590s. It was nullified by Catholic fanatics, who in a short time aroused indignation of the population on lands conquered from the Turks. In 1604, Emperor Rudolph II restored the former laws against heretics here; the answer was a powerful uprising in Transylvania, led by the Calvinist tycoon Istvan Bochkai; the guides who had previously fought against the Ottomans took his side. In 1605, Bochkai invaded the Kingdom of Hungary, his troops reached Styria. Rudolph II’s brother, Matthias, governor of the emperor in Hungary, actually opposed the emperor, seized power in Hungary and hastened to reconcile with Hungarian Protestants. On June 23, 1606, under a treaty in Vienna, Matthias recognized freedom of religion for Hungarian nobles and cities and ceded Bochkai seven Hungarian mountain committees.

According to the Sitvatorok (Zhivatorok) peace treaty between Austria and Turkey, the emperor was exempted from paying tribute for a one-time compensation of 200 thousand forints. Then Istvan Bochkai died, and in Transylvania, Zhigmond Rakoczy seized power. Matthias openly opposed Rudolph, in 1608 became king of Hungary under the name Matthias II (1608–1618), and in 1612 overthrew his brother from the Austrian throne, again uniting the Hapsburg possessions. Matthias paid for the Hungarian crown with the restoration of all the privileges of the Hungarians of the Jagiellonian era: the Palatine was authorized to replace the monarch in his absence, without the consent of the Sejm, the king did not have the right to declare war; he had to remove all officers from the fortress garrisons, except for the Hungarians. In Transylvania that same year, Gabor Bathory, an eccentric reveler and freethinker, who was inclined to adventures in 1610-1611, seized power. temporarily conquered Wallachia. In 1613, Gabor Betlen (1613-1629) became the prince, whose personality and achievements are often compared with the image of Matthias Hunyadi.

 

Gabor Betlen, the “Hungarian Machiavelli”, an assiduous Calvinist, supporter of the Ottomans, created a regular army, brutally suppressed the tyranny of tycoons, put an end to anarchy; he was ruthless in collecting taxes, filling the princely treasury. He was distinguished by religious tolerance, financed the translation of the Bible into Hungarian, carried out by the Jesuit György Kaldi, allowed the Orthodox Romanians to have their own bishop and harbored the Anabaptists. Intervening in the Thirty Years War, in 1619 he captured Slovakia, and then Pozhon; in November - December 1619, he even besieged Vienna in alliance with the rebelled Czechs. In January 1620, Gabor Betlen was elected Prince of Hungary at a state meeting in Požoni (1620–1622); the same assembly decided on an equation in the rights of Lutherans, Calvinists and Catholics, on the expulsion of the Jesuits. However, Betlen failed to maintain power over both parts of Christian Hungary: the victories of the Habsburgs forced him to conclude on January 6, 1622 the honorary Mikulov (Nicholsburg) world, according to which he received seven controversial committees and the title of Duke of the German Empire for giving up the Hungarian crown; in this document, the Habsburg claims for Transylvania were not mentioned at all. Betlen several times entered the war with the Austrians, but his success was no longer repeated. However, its weight in the political arena was very great, and the cultural heyday of Transylvania impressed European guests. “There is nothing barbaric here!” Exclaimed the envoy of one of the western countries in 1621 when he visited the prince’s court in Dyulafekhervar, failing to hide his amazement. The princely palace was rebuilt in a magnificent manner by Italian architects and sculptors; they abundantly decorated it with frescoes, stucco ceilings, Flemish and Italian tapestries. Various exotic objects of his decoration, balls, theatrical performances, musical concerts held within its walls, as well as the courtesy of court manners, corresponded to all the highest ideas of sophistication that prevailed in those days.

In 1629, Gabor Betlen died, and his widow, Catalina of Brandenburg, unpopular and inexperienced, did not retain power. Seven committees after Betlen's death were returned to the Habsburgs. In 1630, Transylvanian feudal lords elected Prince György Rakoczy I (1630–1648); his reign is considered the last stage of the “golden age” of Transylvania, where Hungarians still ruled (Rakotsi relied more and more on Calvinists, narrowing the scope of tolerance). György Rakoczy I also pursued an independent foreign policy, intervened in the feuds in Moldova and Wallachia, and in 1643 entered into an alliance with Sweden and renewed the war against Austria, with the support of the local population conquered all of Slovakia again, and in 1645 Transylvanians along with the Swedes together besieged Brno. However, under pressure from Istanbul, György Rakoczi I went to the separate Linz world (December 1645) with Ferdinand III that same year, securing seven committees and receiving the title of imperial prince.

The son and heir of György Rakoczy I - György Rakoczy II (1648–1660) - continued the anti-Habsburg policy, but hoped to free himself from the Turks' power, subjugated Wallachia and Moldova; in the struggle for influence in these principalities, he first encountered Bogdan Khmelnitsky, in May 1653 he helped his ally Matei Basarab defeat his son Timos Khmelnitsky in the battle of Finta. However, György Rakoczi II soon decided to take advantage of the Swedish invasion of the Commonwealth and achieve a Polish throne for himself, like Stefan Batory. Transylvanians invaded Poland in alliance with the Swedes and Cossacks, but the Poles brought Tatars to them, and the Sultan Mehmed IV deprived Gyorgy Rakotsi II of princely power; in 1658-1662 Turks and Tatars cruelly devastated Transylvania. The economic prosperity of the principality came to an end, in June 1660, György Rakoczi II was mortally wounded in a battle with the Turks. His associate Janos Kemeni did not hold on to power, and in 1661 the Turks erected in Transylvania their obedient protege Mihai Apafi (1661–1690).

 

In 1663, a new Austro-Turkish war began. In the Bashvar world, on August 10, 1664 between Austria and Turkey, the Ottoman forces were withdrawn from Transylvania, but it remained under the supreme power of the Sultan, in several Transylvanian fortresses - Nove Zamky (Ershekuyvar), Oradea (Nadjvarad), Zerinvar (Uyzrinivar) - Turkish garrisons were stationed, and the size of the tribute sent to Istanbul was sharply increased. The general crisis in the Ottoman Empire led to a deterioration in the situation of the population of its Hungarian provinces. However, the new Kuruc uprisings that followed in the 1670s. in northern Hungary, were sent against Austria. The rebels were supported by Louis XIV. The first rebellion began in 1672, but the chickens were quickly defeated; in 1678 they were led by the nobleman Imre Tököli, who managed to capture most of Royal Hungary. For some time he maneuvered between Istanbul and Vienna, but in 1682 he entered into an alliance treaty with Mehmed IV, which caused the Turks to march on Vienna and ultimately ended in the fall of Ottoman domination in Hungary.

Austria-Hungary
Since 1687, Hungary became part of the Habsburg possessions. In the Austrian state, the Hungarians played the role of the gentry, the small military nobility. In 1848-1849 a national revolution broke out in Hungary led by Lajos Kossuth, which was suppressed only with the help of the Russian expeditionary force under the command of General Paskevich. In 1860, the constitution proclaimed by Emperor Franz Joseph fixed the decision to convene the first Hungarian parliament. In 1861, the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph granted Hungary the right to discuss internal affairs in the Hungarian National Assembly and participate in resolving general imperial issues in the Reichsrat, the supreme legislative body of the Habsburg empire, which was not adopted by Hungary. However, in 1867, the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I, was forced to compromise with the Hungarian elite, as a result of which the Austrian Empire was turned into a two-state state - Austria-Hungary; in Hungary, its own legislature was created - the State Assembly (Országgyűlés), which consisted of two chambers - the Chamber of Peers (Főrendiház) and the Chamber of Deputies (Képviselőház); thus. in Hungary, instead of an absolute monarchy, a constitutional dualistic censored monarchy was established. December 30, 1916 in Budapest, under the name of Charles IV, the last Hungarian king Charles of Austria ascended the throne. In 1918, he stepped back from government and died in exile in 1922. In 2004, he was beatified by the Catholic Church.

Independent Hungary
After the First World War, as a result of democratic (communist, nationalist) revolts, the Austrian monarchy ceased to exist, and on its territory separate states Austria, Hungary, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Czechoslovakia were formed. On November 16, 1918, the Hungarian People's Republic was proclaimed - the first democratic state in Hungary; The Hungarian National Council (Magyar Nemzeti Tanács) was formed as a legislative body.

March 21, 1919 "SDPV" and "CPV" united in the "Socialist Party of Hungary" (SPV); the Hungarian Soviet Republic was proclaimed on the same day, the Hungarian National Council was abolished, its functions were transferred to the Executive Committee of the Workers 'and Soldiers' Councils; the persecution of some of the Social Democrats and supporters of the bourgeois parties began, the democratic state was liquidated. On August 6, 1919, the SPV government was ousted from power by the Romanian army invading Hungary (the SPV itself broke up - the SDPV and KPV were reinstated).

On November 16, after the Romanian troops were evacuated from Budapest, the Hungarian monarchists occupied the capital and the monarchy with its previous pre-revolutionary powers was restored, but the king was not determined, the regent Miklos Horthy was at the head of the kingdom; there was also a representative body - the National Assembly (Nemzetgyűlés), which in 1927 became again called the National Assembly and again became bicameral, consisting of the Upper House (Felsőházra) and the Lower House. In 1938, Hungary entered into an alliance with Nazi Germany, for which it received parts of Czechoslovakia, including Transcarpathia (Carpathian Ukraine). In the wake of historical revanchism in 1940, Hungary succeeded in tearing Transylvania away from Romania on the basis of Vienna arbitration.

 

In 1941, Hungary took part in the aggression against Yugoslavia and participated in the war against the Soviet Union. On March 19, 1944, Germany launched Operation Margaret. German troops occupied Hungary, and the Germans began sending Jews to death camps in Poland. In September 1944, Soviet troops crossed the Hungarian border. October 15, Horthy announced a truce with the Soviet Union, but the Hungarian troops did not stop the fighting. Germany conducted Operation Panzerfaust, during which the son of Miklos Horthy was kidnapped and taken hostage by the SS detachment. This forced him to annul the truce and transfer power to Ferenc Salashi and his Crossed Arrows organization. On December 2, 1944, on the part of Hungary occupied by the Red Army, the Provisional National Assembly was formed as the legislative body and the Provisional National Government as the executive body. On February 13, 1945, the Red Army took Budapest, the Salashists lost power over most of the country. March 6-15, 1945, the Salashists and the Wehrmacht made an unsuccessful attempt to counter-attack the Red Army in the area of ​​Lake Balaton. March 28, 1945 under the control of the Red Army was the whole of Hungary, Salashi fled to Austria.

In the parliamentary elections this year, the majority received the Independent Party of Small Masters. In the fall of 1945, the National Assembly met, which in 1946 adopted a law on state form, according to which Hungary was proclaimed a republic; the legislature became the State Assembly, elected by the people, the head of state - the president, elected by the State Assembly, the executive body - the government appointed by the president and responsible to the State assembly.

In the 1947 parliamentary elections, a relative majority (22.25%) received the “Communist Party of Hungary”. In 1949, a constitution was adopted, the Hungarian People's Republic was proclaimed, and the Legislative Assembly remained the formal legislative body, elected in multi-member (since 1966 - single-member) constituencies; the government was renamed the Council of Ministers, the post of president was abolished, and the functions of the president were transferred to the Presidential Council (Elnöki Tanács), elected by the National Assembly. Soon all parties were banned, except for the Hungarian Workers' Party ("VLT"); it arose as a result of the forced accession of the "Social Democratic Party of Hungary" to the "Communist Party of Hungary", in 1955 it was renamed the "Hungarian Socialist Workers Party" ("PSWP"), democracy in Hungary was replaced by the dictatorship of the "VPT". The Hungarian uprising of 1956 was crushed by the invasion of the USSR army.

In 1989, the leadership changed in the HSWP and the party’s ideology became social democracy; the one-party system was abolished and the constitution amended; Hungary was again proclaimed the Republic of Hungary. After the transition to democracy in 1989, Hungary headed for joining pan-European structures. In 2004, the country joined the European Union. Since December 2007, Hungary became part of the Schengen countries.

On August 25, 2004, the government crisis was resolved, as a result of which the former Prime Minister Peter Mediesi resigned, and in his place the Hungarian Socialist Party elected the Minister for Youth and Sports, multimillionaire Ferenc Gyurcsany. The crisis in the ruling coalition of socialists and free democrats is connected, first of all, with accumulated financial and economic problems, which include a huge budget deficit (almost 6% in 2003), an overvalued national currency, an unprecedented increase in the country's internal and external debt (over $ 50 million). Reflecting on the social sphere, these problems cause discontent among the population.

In April 2006, new parliamentary elections were held in Hungary. The Hungarian Socialist Party received 186 of the 386 seats, its ally in the government coalition, the Alliance of Free Democrats, received 18 seats. Their rivals - the Hungarian Civil Party (FIDES) - stood on the list with the Christian Democratic People's Party in the elections, they received 164 seats. September 19, 2006 in Budapest there was a riot in connection with the publication of the Prime Minister's statements about the deplorable state of the economy.

 

In the 2009 European Parliament elections, the Fides-PPCD coalition won a decisive victory, gaining 56.4% of the vote and receiving 14 of the 22 mandates reserved for Hungary. Parliamentary elections in April 2010 dramatically changed the political landscape of Hungary. The victory was won by the right-wing coalition Fides — PPCD, gaining 262 seats in parliament (more than two-thirds of the seats). The Hungarian Socialist Party won 59 seats, the nationalist party "Movement for a Better Hungary" - 47 seats. The party “Politics may be different” also passed into parliament - 16 seats. On June 29, 2010, the country's parliament elected Fides' representative Pal Schmitt, the gold fencing medalist at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, as the new president of Hungary; Schmitt took office on August 6, 2010.

In 2012, the new Hungarian Constitution came into force. The new basic law changed the name of the country from “Hungarian Republic” to “Hungary”. The new constitution states that the Hungarian people are united by “God and Christianity”. The state has an obligation to protect life, and it is agreed that life begins at conception. In fact, this constitutional article prohibits abortion. Marriage is defined in the constitution as the “union of man and woman.” On May 2, 2012, the representative of Fides Janos Ader was elected President of Hungary.

The country has diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation (established with the USSR since 1934, restored on September 25, 1945, the Treaty on Friendly Relations and Cooperation between Russia and Hungary was signed on December 6, 1991).

 

Population

Most of the inhabitants of modern Hungary are Hungarians (92.3%).

The most significant national minorities are Germans (1.2%), Gypsies (1.1%-5%), Romanians (0.8%), Jews (0.5%), Slovaks (0.4%), Croats ( 0.2%) and Serbs (0.2%).

The majority of believers are Catholics (51.9%). There are also communities of Calvinists (15.9%), Lutherans (3%), Greek Catholics (2.6%), other Christians (1%). Atheists - 25.6%.

Numerous Hungarian communities live in neighboring countries - especially in Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania (Transylvania), Serbia (Vojvodina), Croatia.

 

Languages

The only state language of Hungary - Hungarian - is part of the Finno-Ugric branch (Ugric languages) of the Uralic language family. Today it is the native language for almost 95% of the country's inhabitants. During its long history, the Hungarian language has been strongly influenced by other languages, so today many Turkic, Slavic and other borrowings are found in its lexical composition. The language closest to Hungarian is Mansi, despite the fact that mutual understanding between them is completely absent today.

Religion
In the 11th century, the Hungarians were converted to Christianity. In the 16th century, most Hungarians converted to Protestantism, but in the 17th century, during the Counter-Reformation, Catholicism became the dominant religion. Now 64% of believers are Catholics, and 23% are Protestants. Most Protestants are Calvinists, the largest Calvinist denomination in Hungary is the Hungarian Reformed Church; in addition to them, there are Lutherans, supporters of the Evangelical Pentecostal community (part of the Assemblies of God), Baptists.

 

Political system

Hungary is a parliamentary republic. The legislature is the National Assembly, elected by the people for a term of 4 years. The highest representation is carried out by the president (elnök), who is elected by the National Assembly for a term of 5 years and performs representative functions. The executive body - the Government of Hungary, consisting of the Prime Minister (Miniszterelnök) and ministers, is appointed by the National Assembly and is responsible to it. The constitutional oversight body is the Hungarian Constitutional Court.

Political parties
far right
"For a better Hungary" ("Jobbik", Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom) - nationalist;
The Party of Hungarian Truth and Life (Magyar Igazság és Élet Pártja) is a nationalist party.

Rights
"Fidesz - Hungarian Civil Union" (Fidesz - Magyar Polgári Szövetség) - conservative;
"Christian Democratic People's Party" ("CDPP", Kereszténydemokrata Néppárt) - conservative, junior partner of Fidesz;
"Independent Party of Smallholders"

centrists
"Hungarian Liberal Party" (Magyar Liberalis Párt).

centre-left
"Hungarian Socialist Party" (VSP, Magyar Szocialista Párt) - social liberal;
“Politics can be different” (LMP, Lehet Más a Politika!) - environmentalist;
"Democratic Coalition" (Demokratikus Koalíció) - a split from the "GSP";
"Dialogue for Hungary" (Párbeszéd Magyarországért) - a split from the "LMP";
"Together".

Left
"Hungarian Workers' Party" (Magyar Munkáspárt) - communist;
"Workers' Party of Hungary 2006" (Magyarországi Munkáspárt 2006) - Eurocommunist.

Unions
The “largest trade union center” is the “National Federation of Hungarian Trade Unions” (Magyar Szakszervezetek Országos Szövetsége).

 

Legal system

The highest court is the Supreme Court (Legfelsőbb Bíróság); court of appeal - benches (Ítélőtábla); courts of first instance - tribunals (Törvényszék); the lowest level of the judicial system - local courts (helyi bíróság); labor justice courts - labor courts (Munkaügyi bíróság); citizens participating in the consideration of court cases - assessors (Ülnök); body for the selection of candidates for judges - the State Judicial Council (Országos Bírói Tanács); bodies of prosecutorial supervision - the Supreme Prosecutor's Office (Legfőbb Ügyészség); Chief Prosecutor's Offices of Appeal (fellebbviteli főügyészségek) - at the regional level, Chief Prosecutor's Offices (főügyészségek) - at the county and capital level, Local Prosecutor's Offices (helyi ügyészségek) - at the level of districts and urban areas.

 

Administrative division

Hungary is divided into 19 counties (regions) and the capital Budapest, which is equal to the county (NUTS-3 units). The county is divided into yarash, yarash - into cities and communities, the capital is divided into districts. Representative bodies of cities and communities - local representations (képviselő testület), elected by the population; the executive body is the mayor (polgármester, polgármester); representative bodies of the districts - representative offices (képviselő, capeviselo); executive bodies of districts - mayors; representative bodies of the county - vecha (közgyűlés, közdyulesh); executive bodies - chairmen of the vech.

 

Economy

Hungary is a moderately developed industrial-agrarian state, the market reforms in which are almost completed.

Hungary mainly exports engineering products and other manufactured goods.

The main partner in foreign trade is Germany (more than a quarter of Hungary's trade turnover in 2006).

The largest bank in Hungary is OTP Bank, which has its own subsidiary bank in Russia.

Currency - Hungarian forint (forint), small change - filler (fillér); The forint is issued by the Hungarian National Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank). The Keitz index (the ratio between the minimum and average wages in the country) in Hungary as of December 2019 (average 406,400 HUF and minimum 149,000 HUF) is about 36.7%. From February 1, 2021, the minimum wage is 167,400 HUF (111,321 HUF net), and 219,000 HUF (145,635 HUF net) for qualified professionals. From January 1, 2022, the minimum wage is 200,000 HUF (133,000 HUF net), and 260,000 HUF (172,900 HUF net) for qualified professionals.

Benefits: The country has successfully transitioned to a stable market economy. Low inflation (3.2%). The country is a member of the EU single market. Relatively high economic growth (above the EU average) and low public debt (below the EU average). There is also a relatively cheap and well-educated workforce compared to the EU countries. With the unemployment rate plummeting and the labor shortage increasing, wage growth, as of 2019, is not constrained by the economic slowdown.

Weaknesses: poor resource base. The biggest problem (as in other countries of the new EU members) is the growing shortage of able-bodied labor force every year and the increase in the number of pensioners due to low birth rates and high emigration of the population to other, richer EU countries, which, in turn, forces employers to pay more to their employees, thereby artificially raising wages, which leads to an imbalance between productivity and wages.

processing industry
The largest oil and gas company in Hungary is MOL.

Automotive industry:
Suzuki (manufactured in Esztergom);
"Audi" (production in Gyor) - engines, "Audi TT", "A3 sedan";
"Raba" - a plant for the production of automotive components (Gyor);
"Mercedes-Benz" - a plant in the city of Kecskemét;
Knorr-Bremse - plant in Budapest and Kecskemét.

Chemical industry:
BorsodChem (Borsodchem);
TVK.
Pharmaceutical industry:
Gedeon Richter;
Egis.

 

Foreign trade relations

Hungary's foreign trade is focused on the EU countries, the volume of exports in 2017 amounted to $98.72 billion, imports - $93.28 billion. The main foreign trade partners were:
export: Germany - 27.7%, Romania - 5.4%, Italy - 5.1%, Austria - 5%, Slovakia - 4.8%, France - 4.4%, Czech Republic - 4.4%, Poland - 4.3%;
imports - Germany - 26.2%, Austria - 6.3%, China - 5.9%, Poland - 5.5%, Slovakia - 5.3%, the Netherlands - 5%, Czech Republic - 4.8%, Italy - 4.7%, France - 4%.
The structure of foreign trade goods is dominated by finished industrial goods - in particular, vehicles and spare parts, electrical and electronic components and products, medicines and other chemical products, as well as processed food products and textile products are exported. Imports are mainly of various semi-finished products, spare parts, as well as oil, gas, rolled metal products and foodstuffs.

 

Armed forces

The Hungarian Armed Forces have undergone significant reform and downsizing since the end of the Cold War. Currently, they consist of two branches: the ground forces and the air force. In Hungary, the Land Forces are also known as the "Hungary Defenders of the Fatherland" (Hung. Honvédség). This term was used in 1848, when the revolutionary army of Lajos Kossuth was called. Now it refers to the Hungarian soldiers in general.

After joining NATO, the country moved to new standards in the field of weapons and army organization. Since 2004, compulsory military service has been abolished, and a transition to a professional army has taken place.

 

Mass media

The main state radio company is Hungarian Radio (Hungarian Magyar Rádió), the main state television company is Hungarian Television (Hungarian Magyar Televízió), the management of Hungarian Radio and Hungarian Television is supervised by the Media Council (Hungarian Médiatanács ).

Major radio channels:
"Radio Kossuth" (Hung. Kossuth Rádió);
"Radio Petőfi" (Hungarian Petőfi Rádió);
"Radio Bartok" (Hungarian Bartók Rádió);
"Radio Danko" (Hungarian Dankó Rádió);
"World Radio Danube" (Hung. Duna World Rádió) - radio broadcasting for Hungarians abroad.

Major TV channels:
"M1";
"M2";
"M3";
"M4";
"World Danube" (Hung. Duna World) - television broadcasting for Hungarians abroad.

The most popular periodicals:
"Metropolis";
"Blick";
"Nypsobodshag" (Hungarian Népszabadság);
Nemzeti Sport (Hungarian Nemzeti Sport);
"Magyar nemzet (English) Russian." (Hungarian Magyar Nemzet);
"Nyipsava" (Hungarian Népszava);
Magyar Hírlap (Hungarian Magyar Hírlap).
see Journalism in Hungary after 1945.

 

Cuisine

Hungarian cuisine (Hung. magyar konyhaművészet) is distinguished by great variety and imagination in cooking, their satiety and the use of various seasonings. It features a wide variety of meat dishes, using seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products and cheeses.

Hungarian cuisine is rich in meat dishes. They are dominated by pork and lard. The motto of Hungarian culinary specialists is still the lines from Imre Kalman's operetta "Maritza": "If meat, then pork, if lard - spicy bacon."

The taste of dishes is provided in one form or another by onions and paprika.

Classical dishes for Hungarian cuisine are those that combine the first and second courses. Such, for example, is lecho (lecsó) - a dish of onions, tomatoes, paprika and lightly smoked pork sausage - kolbász, as well as goulash and bograch, its variety cooked in a pot. Numerous dishes called pörkölt have a rich tradition. This is meat cooked in a special way (beef, veal, chicken, rabbit, pork, lamb or wild boar meat). There are also fish and crab pörkölt, as well as vegetable and mushroom ones. Pörkölt is generally understood to mean everything that is fried in finely chopped form with onions, then sprinkled with paprika and stewed. The same dish, but stewed in sour cream, is called paprikash: for example, chicken paprikash. Paprikash is made from fish, chicken, veal or lamb, but never from beef, goose, lamb, duck or game, because the main requirement for making real paprikash is: "No fatty, no black meat." The main seasonings for it are usually pork fat, onion, ground pepper, sometimes paprika pods and tomatoes. Another dish - token - differs from perkelt only in that the meat for it is cut into thin strips, and onions and paprika are put in smaller quantities, while adding sour cream, mushrooms, green peas and herbs for taste.

A traditional delicacy is all kinds of roasts typical of the Hungarian national cuisine. For example, a roast made from suckling pig stuffed with minced pork ham without fat is called "virgin roast" (szüzpecsenye). Hungarian roast beef (rostélyos) is a beef roast that comes in a variety of variations but always contains a piece of meat from the thigh or back of the animal. The most famous are the Hortobady roast beef, which is served with flour dumplings and all kinds of herbs, and the Esterhazy roast beef with mayonnaise-mustard sauce. Grilled meat platter is called fatanerosh and is served on special flat wooden dishes.

Game in Hungary is most often served fried or stewed with a dark thick sauce.

Since the days of Austria-Hungary, Viennese schnitzel has been popular. It should be very thin, generously sprinkled with breadcrumbs and, of course, prepared with veal and pork fat. Schnitzel stuffed with brains is considered a delicacy.

In Europe, the Hungarian raw smoked sausage salami (szalami), as well as Debrecen sausages with paprika, are widely known.

Fogas, pike perch from Balaton, is famous among fish dishes, but khalasle is the most famous. This is more than just fish soup. According to tradition, it is prepared from different varieties of fish with the addition of onions, paprika and tomatoes. But there are many other options that do not ignore, in fact, any of the freshwater fish. According to tradition, this dish is eaten as the first, and the second is turoshchusa - vermicelli with sour cream and cracklings (well-fried, crispy pieces of bacon).

Hungarian fast food - langos.

For dessert in Hungary, they serve thin puff pancakes (palacsinta) stuffed with something sweet. One of the notable dishes is Gundel pancakes, named after the Budapest gastronome Karoly Gundel. Gundel pancakes stuffed with nuts are served in the iconic Gundel restaurant in Budapest. Classical desserts are "golden dumplings" and vargabelesh. Traditional Hungarian cakes are "Dobos" and "Shomla Dumplings", "Esterházy" and "Rigo Janci". The Hungarian version of strudel is called "retesh". Kurteshkalach is often served as a sweet treat at mass festivities.

For each dish of Hungarian cuisine there is always a corresponding wine as an aperitif: Hungarian "vermouth", dry Tokaj "native", Hungarian apricot vodka, Hungarian beer from the Köbanya factories; One of the cultural symbols of Hungarian cuisine is the bitter herbal balm-liqueur Unikum, even nicknamed Ungarikum. Balaton wine from the Somlo vineyards, and the picturesque area of ​​Badacsony located near Somlo is known for its Badacsony wines. The volcanic soil of the area's vineyards explains the flavor profile of these Auvergna and Quekniel (blue stem) wines. Highly valued white wines from the city of Kecskemét are Kecskeméti leanka (Kecskemét girl) and Wilds harshlevelu (linden leaf from Debre). Of the red wines, one can note Seksardi Veresh (Seksard red), Egri Bikaver (Eger bull's blood). One of the most famous is "Tokay" wine, due to its bouquet of flavors and aroma.

 

Sport

The Hungarian football team took 2nd place twice in the Third World Cup (1938) and the Fifth World Cup (1954). Since 1986, the Formula 1 World Championship has traditionally been held at the Hungaroring circuit (near Budapest).

 

Education system

Main article: Education in Hungary
Higher education institutions - universities that have three academic degrees - bachelor (alap), master (mester) and doctor (doktori); secondary specialized educational institutions - vocational schools (szakközépiskola); secondary general educational institutions - gymnasiums (gimnázium); educational institutions of primary education - primary schools (általános iskola)

 

Holidays

Farshang is a Hungarian Maslenitsa that came to Hungary from Germany.
Easter.
Christmas.
Stephen's Day is the main public holiday in Hungary, celebrated on August 20. It is believed that on this day the first king of Hungary, Istvan, was crowned, who is credited with the introduction of Christianity in the country. It has been celebrated since 1083 after the canonization of Stephen.
The day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 is celebrated on March 15th. On this day, the "Hungarian Spring" began - the national liberation movement of the Hungarians for independence from the Habsburgs, which grew into a war against Austria.
Labor Day is May 1st.
Day of the proclamation of the Republic in Hungary is celebrated on February 1. It is not a public holiday, but remains an important memorable date for the inhabitants of the country. This day marks the anniversary of the formation of the Second Hungarian Republic (1946-1949). Zoltan Tildi was elected its president.
The national holiday in memory of the Hungarian uprising is celebrated on October 23 in memory of the events of 1956. It is also the Day of the Proclamation of the Republic of Hungary in 1989.

 

 In astronomy

The asteroid (434) Hungary, discovered in 1898, is named after Hungary.