Fun Facts

Hungary or Ungarn or Hungría or Węgry: we actually call it Magyarország. Magyar is Hungarian and ország is country. Hungarian-country.

Over a thousand years and counting: Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in A.D. 896, before France, Germany, or England.

Budapest is the home of the second oldest metro in Europe: functioning since 1896 and only the London subway preceeded it.

Geography and drinks: Hungary has 19 counties, but 22 wine regions.

The “Hungarian Sea”: Lake Balaton is the second largest lake in Europe and the largest in Central Europe. It is 77 [km] kilometres long, 3 to 14 [km] kilometres wide, and covers an area of 600 [km2]square kilometres.

Anywhere you go, you will find Hungarians: About one-third of native Hungarians (approximately 5 million) live outside Hungary, mostly in Romania but also in the other countries adjacent to Hungary.

Winning. Winning. Winning. Only five countries—USA, Russia, U.K., France, and Italy—have won more Summer Olympics gold medals than Hungary. Hungary ranks 9th out of 211 participating nations, with a total of 448 medals.

Letters. Letters everywhere: the Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters.

Names are the other way around: Hungarians use their surname (family name) before their first name. If the President of IAESTE would be Hungarian his name (officially) would be Baeyens Bernard.

No random names for you babies: parents are required to name their child from a pre-approved list of names. If a mother or father
wants to name their child a name not on the list, they have to submit an application to the Research Institute for Linguistics of the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences and hope it gets approved. Although there are approximately 2200 female and 1700 malenames on the list.

The fall of the previous Hungarian currency: after the WORLD World WAR War II, in 1946 bank notes of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (one quintillion) pengő were issued. This the world’s highest denomination ever – 1016% per month.