Essential Info for Hungary

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Population: Nearly 10 million


Capital city: Budapest (also largest city)


Neighbouring countries: Hungary is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania and Ukraine to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia and Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. 


Geography: Hungary is a land-locked country. The Danube and Tisza rivers are the major defining features of the country's geography, splitting it into three sections. The first of these is Dunántúl, which has a hilly terrain with some small mountains. The other two areas, Duna-Tisza köze and Tiszántúl, are characterised by the Great Hungarian Plain.


Political system: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic


Major religion: Roman Catholicism


Main languages: Hungarian, also known as Magyar, is the official language in Hungary, with Romanian and German being co-official minority languages. English is also spoken by a small percentage of the country and business dealings are commonly conducted in English.


Money: The Hungarian Forint (HUF) is divided into 100 fillérs. Fillérs, however, are now out of circulation. There are plans to replace the forint with the euro in the future. To open a bank account, expats will most likely need to present a residence permit and address card, though some banks may allow accounts to be opened with a passport only. ATMs are easily accessible. 


Tipping: Tipping is customary in Hungary. 10-15 percent is usually appropriate.


Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from late March to late October).


Electricity: 230 volts, 50 Hz. European style two-pin plugs are standard.


Internet domain: .hu


International dialling code: +36


Emergency numbers: 112 (general emergencies), 104 (ambulance), 105 (fire), 107 (police)

Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side in Hungary. There is a well-developed public transport system including a metro system in Budapest. Most parts of the country are easily accessible by car or public transport.

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