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Hungarian Republic
Population
10,195,513 (2001), whereof 1,775,203 (2001) in Budapest (estimated)
Capital city Budapest Initials H
Area 93.036 sq km
Bordering countries Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovenia
Ethnic: 97.7 Percent Hungarian, 1.4 Percent Roma (Gypsy), 0.3 Percent German, 0.1 Percent Romanian, 0.1 Percent Slovak, 0.1 Percent Croat.
Religion: Roman Catholic 65 Percent, Protestant 25 Percent, Orthodox Jewish 10 Percent
Foreign Visitors: 37 314 900 (1998)
GDP per CAPITA: 4620 USD (2000)
Daylight Saving Time: Last Sunday of March til last Sunday of October
Electricity 220 Volts
Video system PAL/SECAM
International Access Code 00
International Country Code +36, Budapest +361, mobile phone codes: 0620- (Telenor), 0630- (T-Mobile), 0670- (Vodafone)
Language Hungarian (Magyar)
 
Climate
Climate: continental, hot summers, cold winters. Hungary has a continental climate, which means that summers are generally hot, winters are cold. It is the coldest in January (4,1 degrees Celsius), warmest in July (24, 7 degrees Celsius). One of the hottest summers was in 1979. Weather forecast for today and the next few days.
 
Time
Central European Time (CET). Normally GMT + 1 hour except from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October (summer time counting) GMT + 2 hours.
 
Money
Hungarian Forints HUF; Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 HUF & Banknotes: 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000 HUF.
Hungary is an European Union member as of May 1st 2004, but that does NOT mean that the Euro is used. It will take a few years until there will be an referendum about the Euro in Hungary and only if the majority vote for the Euro will the Euro be used. The United Kingdom and Sweden are EU members, but voted against the Euro and will keep their local currency.

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If you come from abroad, we advise you to change money after your arrival in Budapest. Exchange rates are sometimes a lot more favorable here than in foreign tourist offices. We advise not taking the risk of changing money in the street; you may receive counterfeit money and such transactions are illegal. There are more than 2200 official exchange offices in the country and 700 of them are also authorized to sell foreign currency. These include branches of the POSTABANK, OTP Bank, IBUSZ Bank, and other banks, and travel offices. Keep the receipt you are given when exchanging money until you leave the country.

Credit cards
Visa, En Route, JCB, American Express, Euro/Mastercard and Diners Club are mostly accepted.

ATM
Most accept credit cards like Visa, En Route, JCB, American Express, Euro/Mastercard, EC, Cirrus, and Plus. The maximum amount depends on the issuing ATM provider. It is between 100.000 and 250.000 HUF. A few of the several houndred ATM are:
  • II. Margit körút 43-45.
  • III., Harrer Pál u. 3.
  • V. Károly körút 20.
  • V. Váci utca 40.
  • VI. Andrássy út 49.

Bank accounts for foreign currencies
OTP Bank, Postabank and Citibank provide accounts for foreign currencies. The OTP branch that handles these accounts is in district V., Nádor utca 6, phone: 318 09 00
 
National Holidays
  • 1st January, New Year
  • 15th March, Anniversary of the 1848 Revolution
  • Easter Monday
  • 1st May, Labour Day
  • Whit Monday
  • 20th August, Day of Constitution, Founding of the State
  • 23th October, Day of Republic, Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution
  • 24th/25th/26th, December Xmas
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