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Facts & Figures

President: Janos Ader (2012)

Prime Minister: Viktor Orban (2010)

Land area: 35,653 sq mi (92,341 sq km); total area: 35,919 sq mi (93,030 sq km)

Population (2011 est.): 9,958,453 (growth rate: –0.184%); birth rate: 9.49/1000; infant mortality rate: 5.24/1000; life expectancy: 75.02

Capital and largest city (2009 est.): Budapest, 1.705 million

Monetary unit: Forint

National name: Magyar Köztársaság

Current government officials

Languages: Magyar (Hungarian) 94%, other 6%

Ethnicity/race: Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8% (2001)

Religions: Roman Catholic 51.9%, Calvinist 15.9%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 2.6%, other Christian 1%, other 11.1%, unaffiliated 14.5% (2001)

National Holiday: Saint Stephen's Day, August 20

Literacy rate: 99.4% (2003 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2011 est.): $198.1 billion; per capita $19,800 Real growth rate: 1.7%. Inflation: 3.9%. Unemployment: 10.9%. Arable land: 49.58%. Agriculture: wheat, corn, sunflower seed, potatoes, sugar beets; pigs, cattle, poultry, dairy products. Labor force: 4.274 million; agriculture 4.7%, industry 30.9%, services 64.4% (2010). Industries: mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles. Natural resources: bauxite, coal, natural gas, fertile soils, arable land. Exports: $103.1 billion (2011 est.): machinery and equipment 55.31%, other manufactures 30.6%, food products 7.4%, raw materials 3.2%, fuels and electricity 3.3% (2009). Imports: $93.9 billion (2011 est.): machinery and equipment 44.7%, other manufactures 41.37%, fuels and electricity 5.1%, food products, raw materials 6.7% (2011). Major trading partners: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, UK, Romania, Poland, Russia, Netherlands, China, Slovakia (2010).

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 2.977 million (2009); mobile cellular: 12.0125 million (2009). Broadcast media: mixed system of state-supported public service broadcast media and private broadcasters; the 3 publicly-owned TV channels and the 2 main privately-owned TV stations are the major national broadcasters; a large number of special interest channels; highly developed market for satellite and cable TV services with about two-thirds of viewers utilizing their services; 3 state-supported public-service radio networks and 2 major national commercial stations; a large number of local stations including commercial, public service, nonprofit, and community radio stations; digital transition postponed to the end of 2014 (2007). Internet hosts: 3.064 million (2010). Internet users: 6.176 million (2009).

Transportation: Railways: total: 8,057 km (2009). Roadways: total: 197,519 km; paved: 74,993 km (including 911 km of expressways); unpaved: 112,526 km (2010). Waterways: 1,622 km (most on Danube River) (2011). Ports and harbors: Budapest, Dunaujvaros, Gyor-Gonyu, Csepel, Baja, Mohacs. Airports: 41 (2012).

International disputes: bilateral government, legal, technical and economic working group negotiations continue in 2006 with Slovakia over Hungary's failure to complete its portion of the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros hydroelectric dam project along the Danube; as a member state that forms part of the EU's external border, Hungary has implemented the strict Schengen border rules.

Major sources and definitions

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  1. Hungary Main Page
  2. Wars Cost Hungary Much of Its Land
  3. Communist Party Takes Control
  4. Hungary Makes Difficult Transition to Democracy
  5. The Fidesz Party Forms a New Government
  6. European Union Warns Hungary
  7. New Amendment to the Constitution Causes Alarm


This central European country is the size of Indiana. Most of Hungary is a fertile, rolling plain lying east of the Danube River and drained by the Danube and Tisza rivers. In the extreme northwest is the Little Hungarian Plain. South of that area is Lake Balaton (250 sq mi; 648 sq km).


Parliamentary democracy.


By 14 B.C. , western Hungary was part of the Roman Empire's provinces of Pannonia and Dacia. The area east of the Danube was never part of the Roman Empire and was largely occupied by various Germanic and Asiatic peoples. In 896 all of Hungary was invaded by the Magyars, who founded a kingdom. Christianity was accepted during the reign of Stephen I (St. Stephen), 977–1038. A devastating invasion by the Mongols killed half of Hungary's population in 1241. The peak of Hungary's great period of medieval power came during the reign of Louis I the Great (1342–1382), whose dominions touched the Baltic, Black, and Mediterranean seas. War with the Turks broke out in 1389, and for more than 100 years the Turks advanced through the Balkans. When the Turks smashed a Hungarian army in 1526, western and northern Hungary accepted Hapsburg rule to escape Turkish occupation. Transylvania became independent under Hungarian princes. Intermittent war with the Turks was waged until a peace treaty was signed in 1699.

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