About Hungary

1100 YEARS IN THE HEART OF EUROPE

The country covers an area of less than 100,000 sqkm, the language is spoken by no other people, the folk songs do not resemble any others, but even so: the Hungarian people have lived in the centre of Europe for more than 1100 years. In spite of the repeated trials and tribulations that history has inflicted on the country, in the process destroying people and cultural values, yet one can say that many travel from distant lands to experience the treasures to be found here.
The wonderful panorama of the capital, Budapest, also known as the "Pearl of the Danube", prompted UNESCO to place it on the World Heritage list.
Hungary has the second largest reserves of surface thermal water in the world (Iceland comes top): the country's several hundred springs spouting forth curative waters have assisted many thousands to regain their health.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Area: 93,030 sqkm 
Population has at t . t day: 10,102,000 
Capital: Budapest 
Population density: 108.6 inhabitants/km2
Time zone: Central European Time (GMT +1) Summer time: March - October + 1 hour 
Official language: Hungarian
Form of state: Republic 
Public administration: 19 counties, 20 towns with county rights 
Currency: Forint (Ft/HUF) Coins: Ft 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 
Bank notes: Ft 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000
Electric current: 220 V

LOCATION, CLIMATE

Hungary is situated in Central Europe, in the Carpathian Basin. The two most important rivers are the Danube 
and the Tisza. The climate is continental. The coldest month is January (average temperature -1.3°C), the 
warmest month July (average temperature 23.2°C).

OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 15 March - National holiday
  • Easter Monday
  • Whit-Monday
  • 1 May - May Day holiday
  • 20 August - Celebration of King St. Stephen and Foundation of the State
  • 23 October - Republic Day
  • 1 November All Saints Day
  • 25-26 December - Christmas