10 Interesting facts about Hungary and the Hungarian language

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Hungary and the Hungarian language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. The name Hungary or Hungarian is believed to come from the semi-nomadic tribe called the Huns that lived throughout central and southeastern Europe, most well-known is Attila the Hun in ~500 AD and some Huns had settled for a brief time in Hungary.  The people in Hungary refer to their country Magyar as it was the Magyars that later settled or descended from the area in ~900 AD.   Nevertheless, with the popularity of names such as Attila and other Huns, the name Hungarians or Hungary became commonplace for outsiders.
  • 2. There are about 15 million Hungarian speakers, with over half in Hungary and the remaining Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, the US, Canada, Israel, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.  The history of the language is believed to have started ~1000 BC with the first written records coming from ~1000 AD and the first printed Hungarian book 1533.  Hungarian is known to be one of the if not the most difficult languages to learn.
  • 3. Hungary has borders with seven countries in Europe, starting directly north and moving clockwise is Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.
  • 4. The landscape of Hungary is one of rolling plains from Pannonian Basin, with the highest elevation being only 183 metres or 600 feet.  Besides the plains, are a few mountainous regions including in the west the Transdanubian Mountains, the south are the Mecsek and Villany Mountains and the north includes the North Hungarian Mountains on the Slovakian border.  The world’s largest geothermal cave system is in Hungary, located in the undergrounds of Budapest.  It also has the largest underground lake in Europe, recently discovered under Gellert Hill.
  • 5. The currency used in Hungary is the Forint (HUF), originally introduced in 1946.
  • 6. Inventions from Hungarians include the first electric motor in 1827, the three-phase alternating current electric locomotive, the cathode ray tube for television in 1928, the ballpoint pen, the Rubik’s cube, the noiseless match, the krypton electric bulb, the BASIC programming language along with many other inventions.
  • 7. The largest city in Hungary is Budapest with over 1.7 million people, followed by Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pecs, Gyor, Nyiregyhaza, Kecskemet, Szekesfehervar and Szombathely.
  • 8. Hungary receives over 10 million visitors or tourists per year, about the same as the population.  Attractions include architecture, including the largest synagogue in Europe built in 1859, the Dohany, as well as a majority of buildings and homes in Budapest being over 100 years old.  Another attraction are large number of spas and public baths from the many thermal springs available, including 1,500 spas and 450 public baths.
  • 9. The cuisine in Hungary includes traditional dishes such as Goulash (a stew), Halaszle (fish soup), Chicken Paprikash, Foie Gras, Porkolt stes, Vadas, Trout with almonds and desserts such as Dobos cake, Strudels, Gundel pancakes, Plum Dumplings and others.  Paprika is believed to have its origins in Hungary, is used with most dishes and the city with the best Paprika is Kalocsa.
  • 10. Beverages include Palinka, a fruit brandy distilled from fruit grown on the Great Hungarian Plain with flavors coming from apricots, cherries and plums.  Beer is also a common beverage with most meals with the common brews being Borsodi, Soproni, Arany Aszok, Kobanyai and Dreher.   Wine production is also growing including for dry white wines, sweet whites and full bodied reds.  Tokaji wine, from the Tokaj wine region, is the most well known with dedicated drinkers from the past including Beethoven, Schubert, Goethe, Voltaire and others.  The liqueur Unicum is occasionally served with meals, consisting of a blend of 40 Hungarian herbs.

Have your own networks with others in Hungary

If you regularly share content or work with people in Hungary, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Slovak and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Hungary, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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