Pros and Cons of Moving to Hungary

As more and more people make their way to one of the EU’s most popular destinations, many find it hard to weigh up the pros and cons of moving to Hungary.

Just like any other country, Hungary has its high points, its low points and its in-betweens. Here are some things to consider before making the big move. 
 

Cost of living in Hungary


 PRO: Low cost of living

As one of the most affordable European countries to live in, Hungary has a low cost of living which makes it appealing to many.
 

 CON: Expensive VAT

In Hungary, VAT is higher than any other country in the EU at 27%.
 

Transport in Hungary

 

 PRO: Getting around is easy

Transportation in Hungary is not only very reliable but also affordable – even gasoline for your own vehicle is inexpensive which makes travelling a breeze. 

 CON: The roads can be dangerous

Hungarians tend to drive very fast and pedestrians don’t usually have right of way when entering a pedestrian crossing. It is important to exercise extra caution on roads whether driving or being a pedestrian.
 

Doing business in Hungary

 

 PRO: Businesses save on corporate taxes

Companies can enjoy low corporate tax of 10%.

 CON: Lots of paperwork

Sometimes getting official administrative paperwork done in Hungary can be a very bureaucratic process which poses many inconveniences.
 

Lifestyle in Hungary

 

 PRO: Fantastic sightseeing opportunities

When it comes to tourist attractions Hungry is not at all shy, showcasing an abundance of places to see and things to do. There are plenty of opportunities for enriching cultural experiences, from viewing historical monuments dating back to Roman Empires to visiting renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 PRO: Easy travel to neighbouring European countries 

Hungary's location in the centre of Europe makes it easy to travel to other European countries, especially neighbouring countries like Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania and Croatia.
 

 CON: Hungarians can come across as ill-tempered

Perhaps as a result of Hungary's troubled history, locals tend to focus on the negatives – for example, visitors have observed the locals to rather “pile on complaints” when asked “how are you”? Hungarians are also very straightforward and may not spare your feelings.
 

 PRO: Exuberant night life and eateries

Budapest showcases some excellent nightlife and entertainment like a “night party on the Danube”, fantastic festivals, the State Opera House, spa parties in the Széchenyi during summer and rejuvenating thermal baths to soothe your mind and body, to name a few. There is a wide selection of local eateries as well as regular to high-end restaurants.
 

 CON: Language gap

Hungarian is a very difficult language to learn, and most of the signboards are printed in Hungarian. Many of the locals in the countryside and outside of Budapest only speak Hungarian or a different language and communication may prove to be an immense challenge in certain parts of the country. Foreigners are encouraged to try and become familiar with at least some of the common phrases in Hungarian that will assist day-to-day interaction with locals. 
 

Healthcare in Hungary

 

 PRO: High quality care at a low cost

The healthcare systems in Hungary are on par with Western countries and afford quality medical care at less expensive rates compared to some other European countries.  

 CON: Few English-speaking staff

Some hospital staff do not speak English at all, however, medical insurance cover for assistance at hospitals who employ English speaking nurses and doctors as well which many expats opt for.

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