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Map: Hungary in Europe

Hungary in Europe. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hungary_in_Europe_(relief).svg

  • Hungary was part of the Celtic world, then the Roman Empire. Following the fall of Rome, the Huns settled in the plains of Pannonia and gave their name to Hungary.
  • Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 896, before France and Germany became separate entities, and before the unification of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
  • Around 1000 CE, the Kingdom of Hungary was one of the largest states in Europe, bigger than France. Later, it became of the two “eagle heads” of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • The Hungarian language is known as Magyar. It is the direct descendant of the language spoken by the Huns and is therefore not an Indo-European language. It has only two related languages in Europe: Finnish and Estonian.
  • The Hungarian alphabet is unique! It has some letters in it which are composed of more than one letter. For example, the English ‘j’ sound from ‘jam’ is written as ‘dzs’ in the Hungarian alphabet, and it is considered one letter. All together Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters.
  • The capital of Hungary was almost named Pestbuda… Budapest was born when three cities, Buda, Pest and Óbuda (Old Buda) were united, and at first the founders had different ideas about what they should name the new city.
  • World’s largest geothermal cave system is found in Hungary. It is located in the undergrounds of Budapest.
  • Hungarian inventions include the noiseless match (János Irinyi), Rubik’s cube (Erno Rubik), and the krypton electric bulb (Imre Bródy).
  • Hungary, like Austria, has a long tradition of classical music, although often blended with folkloric elements. Composers Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály or Franz Liszt were all Hungarian.
  • As of 2007, 13 Hungarians had received a Nobel prize, i.e. more than Japan, China, India, Australia or Spain.
  • Hungary has one of the oldest metro railways in the world, dating back to 1896.


Katrin Uurman (EE), leader of the campaign “Month of an EUROPEA Member State”


Talented EUROPEAns from Hungary

Have you seen the gorgeous photos in the header?

Photo: Ruben Sági

This month our slide-show has pictures taken by Hungarian EUROPEA students and also teachers! They are all passionate photographers carrying their cameras with them wherever they go.

And they are : Brigitta Terényi, Bence Bucsányi, Péter Kiss, István Bárány and Ruben Sági – students; Éva Szövérfi and József Kovács – our teacher colleagues.

During the month of Hungary we are going to deliver you even more of their delightful works.

Stay with us and let their talent surprise you 🙂


By Judit Covic (HU), leader of EUROPEA Editorial Group

Where agriculture originates from?

Source: ICH Hungary

Throughout 2018, we will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.

And what are the Hungarians proud of? Such as falconry, pottery, Matyó heritage and Kalocsa folklore, living traditions all around Hungary.

Check out the elements of Hungarian national inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage


Izabella Élő



Hungarian inventions

If you spend enough time with Hungarian, they are likely to start telling you how many Hungarian inventions there are. It’s true there have been many clever creations and big achievements that have made a huge impact on the world – in fact there are far too many to fit in one short post. But here are some of the most impressive inventions and achievements that you may not have known are attributed to someone with Hungarian links.

Izabella Élő