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Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország [ˈmɒɟɒrorsaːɡ] ) is a landlocked country in Central Europe.[2] Spanning 93,030 square kilometres (35,920 sq mi) of the Carpathian Basin, it is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Romania to the east and southeast, Serbia to the south, Croatia and Slovenia to the southwest, and Austria to the west. Hungary has a population of 9.7 million, mostly ethnic Hungarians and a significant Romani minority. Hungarian, the official language, is the world's most widely spoken Uralic language and among the few non-Indo-European languages widely spoken in Europe.[12] Budapest is the country's capital and largest city; other major urban areas include Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs, and Győr.

Quick facts: HungaryMagyarország (Hungarian), Capital...
Magyarország (Hungarian)
Anthem: "Himnusz" (Hungarian)[1]
(English: "Hymn")
Location of Hungary (dark green)– in Europe (green & dark grey)– in the European Union (green)  –  [Legend]
Location of Hungary (dark green)

 in Europe (green & dark grey)
 in the European Union (green)   [Legend]

and largest city
47°26′N 19°15′E
Official languagesHungarian[2]
Ethnic groups
(2022 census)
(2022 census)[3]
  • 16.1% no religion
  • 1.3% others
  • 40.1% unanswered
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary republic
Katalin Novák
Viktor Orbán
László Kövér
LegislatureNational Assembly
25 December 1000[5]
24 April 1222
29 August 1526
2 September 1686
15 March 1848
30 March 1867
4 June 1920
23 October 1989
 Joined NATO
12 March 1999
1 May 2004
93,030[6] km2 (35,920 sq mi) (108th)
 Water (%)
 2023 estimate
9,678,000[8] (92nd)
105/km2 (271.9/sq mi) (78th)
GDP (PPP)2023 estimate
Increase $421.683 billion[9] (54th)
 Per capita
Increase $43,601[9] (42nd)
GDP (nominal)2023 estimate
Increase $203.829 billion[9] (58th)
 Per capita
Increase $21,075[9] (57th)
Gini (2020)Negative increase 28.3[10]
HDI (2021)Increase 0.846[11]
very high · 46th
CurrencyForint (HUF)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 Summer (DST)
Date formatyyyy. mm. dd.
Driving sideright
Calling code+36
ISO 3166 codeHU
  1. ^ The .eu domain is also used, as it is shared with other European Union member states.

The territory of present-day Hungary was historically a crossroad for various peoples, including Celts, Romans, Huns, Germanic tribes, Avars, and West Slavs. The foundation of the Hungarian state was established in the late 9th century by the conquest of the Carpathian Basin by Hungarian Grand Prince Álmos and his son Árpád.[13][14] His great-grandson King Stephen I ascended the throne in 1000, converting his realm to a Christian kingdom. The medieval Kingdom of Hungary was a regional power, reaching its cultural and political height in the 15th century.[15] Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526, it was partially occupied by the Ottoman Empire (1541–1699). Hungary came under Habsburg rule at the turn of the 18th century, later joining with the Austrian Empire to form Austria-Hungary in 1867, a major power into the early 20th century.[16]

Austria-Hungary collapsed after World War I, and the subsequent Treaty of Trianon established Hungary's current borders, resulting in the loss of 71% of its territory, 58% of its population, and 32% of ethnic Hungarians.[17][18][19] Following the tumultuous interwar period, Hungary joined the Axis powers in World War II, suffering significant damage and casualties.[20][21] Postwar Hungary became a satellite state of the Soviet Union, leading to the establishment of the Hungarian People's Republic. Following the failed 1956 revolution, Hungary became a comparatively freer, though still repressed, member of the Eastern Bloc. The removal of Hungary's border fence with Austria accelerated the collapse of the Eastern Bloc and subsequently the Soviet Union.[22] On 23 October 1989, Hungary again became a democratic parliamentary republic.[23] Hungary joined the European Union in 2004 and has been part of the Schengen Area since 2007.[24]

Hungary is a middle power in international affairs, owing mostly to its cultural and economic influence.[25] It is a high-income economy with universal health care and tuition-free secondary education.[26][27] Hungary has a long history of significant contributions to arts, music, literature, sports, science and technology.[28][29][30][31] It is a popular tourist destination in Europe, drawing 24.5 million international tourists in 2019.[32] It is a member of numerous international organisations, including the Council of Europe, NATO, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, World Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Visegrád Group.[33]

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