Hungary

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Introduction

The Republic of Hungary (Magyarország) is a Country in Eastern Europe, which represents a bridge between East and West. Mostly known for its lovely capital Budapest, Hungary has a lot to offer to tourist, from baroque cities to lively villages in the countryside.

 

Capital

Budapest (1.698.106 in 2006)

Surafce

93.030 km²

Population

10.076.581 in 2008.

Density

108 /km²

Currency

Forint (HUF)
1 Euro = 271.15 HUF
1 HUF = 0.004 Euro

Time zone

UTC +1

Language

Hungarian. English and German are widely spoken.

Religion

Protestant, Catholic.

Entry requirement

Neither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. Most of European driving licenses are accepted.

Travelling with pets

Small sized pets must travel with an animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies.

Health and safety

Both private and public health structures are sufficient, and it is easy to find medicaments. No vaccination is required. It is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance. General safety is good, there are no particular danger zones.

Climate

Hungary is characterised by a continental climate. Winters are generally cold and dry, with some sporadic snowfalls, while summers are very hot.

Form of government

Parliamentary republic.

Economy

Hungary is a market economy. The key productive sectors are agriculture, food and wine industry, craftsmanship, tertiary sector, IT, tourism, cars (Suzuki), pharmaceutical and building industry.

Electricity

Voltage: 220V – Frequency: 50 Hz. Plugs are generally of standard type. It is advisable to bring an adapter.

Post offices, banks and communications

Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 18 pm. Some stay open also on Saturday until 12.30 pm. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 18 pm. Mobile phone covering is excellent.
Country code: 0036
Useful numbers:
Emergency number: 112
First aid: 104