39 Interesting Facts About Hungary

Last updated on November 26th, 2017

Facts about Hungarian people and their inventions!

#21. Hungarians have also contributed significantly to mathematics.

#22. Did you know – the BASIS programming language, the Telephone Exchange and the electric motor were also invented in Hungary?

#23. Their water polo team is the best in the history of the sport. The proof is their 15 Olympics medals.

#24. And they play football very well, too! Legend Ferenc Puskás is among the top footballers of all time.

#25. Hungary is at the third spot behind Greece and Bulgaria in terms of the total number of smokers in a country.

#26. The world’s highest denomination notes ever were issued in Hungary with a face value of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 pengo (one quintillion pengo).

#27. 27% VAT is collected in Hungary, which is highest in the world.

#28. The highest female suicide and highest death rate by cancer also exists in Hungary.

#29. Hungary also has one of the oldest metro railways in the world, dating back to 1896.

#30. Germany is the biggest export partner of Hungary.

#31. Hungary’s Franz Liszt was considered to be the greatest pianist of all time. He was also a well-known and influential composer, piano teacher and conductor. Hungary renamed their Budapest International Airport in his honor for the anniversary of his 200th birthday, in 2011. It is the most important center for domestic and international flights.

#32. Hungarians are reputed to be the only people who can enter a revolving door behind you and emerge ahead.

#33. Hungarians are very fond of red pepper powder.

#34. The next time you are in the country with a bunch of friends and drink beer outdoors, do not clink those beer glasses. Hungarians vowed not to clink glasses after their generals were executed by Austrians, who later celebrated by drinking beers and clinking their mugs.

#35. Johnny Weissmuller, who is known for playing Tarzan in the films of 1930s and 1940s, was born in Hungary.

#36. The world-famous escape artist Harry Houdini was also born in Budapest, Hungary.

#37. Albert Szent-Györgyi, the discoverer of Vitamin-C, was also born in Hungary.

#38. Béla Lugosi, the original Dracula, was also a Hungarian.

#39. Hungarians are brainy people. They have invented some of the most popular and useful things ever. The helicopter, the ball point pen and the Rubik’s cube are all Hungarian inventions.

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Hungary – country at a glance

Capital CityBudapest
(47°26′N 19°15′E)
Largest CityBudapest
(47°26′N 19°15′E)
Total area93,028 sq km
Population9,874,784 (July 2016 est.)
Official LanguageHungarian
BordersSlovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croasia, Slovenia, Austria, Ukrain
CurrencyForint (HUF)
Life expectancy75.9 Years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Suffrage18 years of age, 16 if married; universal
Literacy rate99.1%
Climatetemperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers
Terrainmostly flat to rolling plains; hills and low mountains on the Slovakian border
Agricultural land58.9%
Birth rate9.1 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate12.8 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Sex ratio0.91 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Government typeparliamentary republic
PresidentJános Áder
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
National anthem"Himnusz" (Hymn)
National symbolsHoly Crown of Hungary (Crown of Saint Stephen)
National colorsred, white, green
Industriesmining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles
Exports$91.78 billion (2016 est.)
machinery and equipment 53.5%, other manufactures 31.2%, food products 8.7%, raw materials 3.4%, fuels and electricity 3.9% (2012 est.)
Imports$86.61 billion (2016 est.)
machinery and equipment 45.4%, other manufactures 34.3%, fuels and electricity 12.6%, food products 5.3%, raw materials 2.5% (2012)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$27,200 (2016 est.)
Internet country code.hu
Time ZoneCET (UTC+1)
Calling Code+36
Drives on theRight
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedAugust 25, 2017