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Life in a dying democracy – an American journalist about Hungary

Vox’s Zack Beauchamp came on a trip to Hungary to study the political situation and he shared his experiences in a podcast (mp3) titled ‘Democracy…

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Want to smoke without cigarettes? Just take a walk in Budapest

Summer vacation in major European cities may result in health issues due to the heavy air pollution and breaches in the air pollution standards. As…

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Syrian-Canadian performer harrassed at Hungarian Sziget Festival

Danny Ramadan, a gay activist and author, born in Damascus has been seriously beaten at Sziget Festival in Budapest. As Nlcafé.hu reports, the abused author…

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The unique Mummies of the World exhibition is finally in Budapest

If there is an exhibition you should not miss this year, then this is it – Funzine.hu warns you. The Mummies of the World exhibition…

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S+P affirms Hungary ‘BBB-/A-3’ ratings; outlook ‘positive’

Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings on Friday affirmed Hungary’s ‘BBB-/A-3’ long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings. The outlook on the ratings…

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Szilvásvárad equestrian centre to open today – PHOTOS

The Szilvásvárad Lipizzan Equestrian Centre, a major project in Hungary’s Kincsem Equestrian Programme, will open today. Speaking on the eve of the opening, Farm Minister…

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4+1 Hungarian interior design brands you must know about

We have already suggested Hungarian cosmetics brands, or written about Hungarian fashion brands gaining international fame. Now NLCafé luckily compiled a list of five up-and-coming…

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Orbán cabinet launching campaign to promote foster parenting

The Hungarian government is preparing to launch a nationwide campaign in the autumn to promote foster parenting, a human resources ministry official said on Friday….

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A handy traffic and program guide for the August 20 long-weekend in Budapest

As the annual State Founding (August 20, Monday) celebrations commence, Index warns that the Hungarian capital city’s public transportation will undergo considerable changes: several roads…

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EasyJet introduces two new flights to the UK from Budapest

Travelo.hu writes that the British low-cost airline, EasyJet just announced that two new flights will be available for the 2018/19 winter season: the first one…

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National Bank of Hungary deputy-governor urges more nuanced assessment of FX debt

National Bank of Hungary deputy-governor Márton Nagy suggested investors should take a more nuanced approach to assess the size of Hungary’s foreign currency debt and…

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Soaring real estate market, wiser Hungarian buyers

According to Forbes.hu, Hungarians develop together with their real estate market: as the market is expanding, we tend to take out better loans with fixed…

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Special parliament session on home-care service fees, FX borrowers fails to reach quorum

A special session of parliament initiated by opposition parties to debate their proposals on increasing home-care fees and helping troubled forex mortgage holders failed to…

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Currency exchange – Hungarian Forint – 17 August 2018

17 August 2018 Currency Currency name Unit Value in HUF CHF Swiss Franc 1 284.98 EUR Euro 1 323.53 USD US Dollar 1 283.87 Here…

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Survey – Hungarian youth worries about financial problems

The latest Magyar Ifjúsági Kutatás [Hungarian Youth Study] has been made public, and it reveals a lot of interesting (and concerning) things about the younger…

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Improved tax morale could bring tax gap under 10 pc, says Hungarian finance minister

Improved tax morale that comes with measures the government has taken to crack down on tax evasion, such as the introduction of online invoicing, could…

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Five new flights introduced in Budapest winter timetable

Five new airline services will be introduced in Budapest in the 2018/2019 winter timetable, with Wizz Air, EasyJet and Polish airlines LOT connecting the Hungarian…

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Temporary, seasonal employment in Hungary on the rise

The number of Hungarians who did temporary or seasonal work rose by 7 percent to 631,000 in the first half from the same period a…

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Success: first Hungarian gold medal ever on the International Geography Olympiad

The Hungarian team acquired one gold, silver and bronze medal – reported index.hu. According to the event’s website, the International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is an…

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Guardian: breach in Hungarian media & press freedom due to government take-over

According to the prestigious online magazine, The Guardian, Hungarian media landscape is at least concerning under Viktor Orbán’s illiberal regime. After the fall of Lajos…

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Five Hungarian universities among the best in the world

Eduline.hu announced that the latest ARWU list is available. The Academic Ranking of World Universities has included five Hungarian universities among the best 1,000 this…

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Jobbik launches campaign for men’s early retirement

Conservative opposition Jobbik on Thursday announced that it has launched a nationwide campaign to allow men to retire after 40 years of work, an option…

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Hungarian women are part of a new skydiving world record

Fifty-seven women have taken part in a synchronised skydive in Ukraine, setting a new world record, writes BBC. RTL conducted a report with the Hungarian…

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Top Advantages of a Professional Writing Resource

Have you ever dreamed about having good grades without that irritating academic writing? Surely you have. Perhaps, to have enough time or rest you look…

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Currency exchange – Hungarian Forint – 16 August 2018

16 August 2018 Currency Currency name Unit Value in HUF CHF Swiss Franc 1 286.47 EUR Euro 1 323.81 USD US Dollar 1 284.49 Here…

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Animals have been stolen from a small Hungarian zoo

The family-run Zoo at Parádfürdő has been a popular destination among families and tourists. The zoo has been open since 2006, and now, after an…

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S+P to review Hungary’s credit rating on Friday

Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings is scheduled to review Hungary’s sovereign credit rating on Friday. This will be the second and last scheduled sovereign credit…

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Overheated iridium container shuts down Liszt Ferenc 2B terminal briefly

Terminal 2B of Liszt Ferenc International Airport was shut down briefly late Wednesday because of an overheated container of an isotope, a spokesman for the…

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Regional farm ministers press for equal protection of agribusinesses, regardless of size

The farm ministers of the Visegrad Group — Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia — together with their counterparts from Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and…

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Budapest Airport Terminal 2B closed by the National Disaster Management

Index.hu reports that the National Directorate General for Disaster Management closed terminal 2B while the authorities were inspecting the scene. Index contacted the airport’s spokesperson Mihály Hardy, finding out…

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Hungarian union confederation urges consultations on planned public admin staff cuts

The Hungarian Trade Union Confederation is urging consultations about planned staff cuts in public administration. It is unacceptable that the Orbán cabinet has announced plans…

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Hungary expresses condolences to Italian counterparts over Genoa bridge collapse

Hungarian President János Áder has expressed his condolences to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella over the collapse of a motorway bridge near the port city…

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Borat at the Sziget festival

The Sziget festival had a world famous visitor this weekend: Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat. This is even more interesting since one cannot even find…

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Incredible: Schwarzenegger got back his trophy from a Hungarian powerlifter – video, photos

The American star won it on the Mr Universe competition in 1969, London. However, his mother gave it to a stonemason working for her in…

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Finance ministry of Hungary expects 4.3 pc GDP growth in second half of 2018

The finance ministry has calculated that GDP could grow by 4.3 percent in the second half of the year compared to the same period a…

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Great! Budapest Dagály Bath was opening again!

We have been eagerly waiting for the re-opening of the Dagály Bath and Danube Arena complex that is awaiting visitors with the biggest swimming pool…

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Péter Rádi elected to succeed Patyi as head of the National Election Committee

The National Election Committee (NVB) on Tuesday elected Péter Rádi as its new chair after András Patyi resigned the position. András Patyi, Photo: MTI Patyi,…

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Socialists urge dialogue to stop Hungarian emigration

The opposition Socialists have called for a “meaningful parliamentary and social dialogue” to prevent the further emigration of Hungary’s labour force. Socialist MP Zsolt Molnár…

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Currency exchange – Hungarian forint – 15 August 2018

15 August 2018 Currency Currency name Unit Value in HUF CHF Swiss Franc 1 286.24 EUR Euro 1 323.29 USD US Dollar 1 285.44 Here…

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New record: Sziget festival brings together over 565,000 people!!!

Europe’s answer to Glastonbury celebrated its 26th year with over 1000 shows across seven days and 60 venues with Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey,…

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Former minister Lázár appointed commissioner to promote non-smokers’ interests

János Lázár, head of the Prime Minister’s Office in the previous government, has been appointed the prime minister’s commissioner in charge of “the protection of…

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Cashless society promoted at cashless festival

Ágnes Hornung, the finance ministry’s state secretary, urged Hungarians to cut down on their cash transactions at a press conference at the Sziget Festival –…

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Finally! Vidi make it into the Champions League play off – HIGHLIGHTS

MOL Vidi FC was at home in the second leg of the Champions League Q3, following last week’s 1-1 draw away against Malmö FF. A…

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Hungarians most anxious about health care according to research

Based on an extensive research done in 28 countries altogether, Hungarians are among the most pessimists concerning future. As Napi.hu reports, the national health care…

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Swiss student 9 millionth visitor at Sziget Festival

Organisers of Budapest’s Sziget Festival greeted the event’s 9 millionth visitor on Tuesday. Swiss secondary school student Joelle Gbeassor was spending her last day on…

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LMP wants green licence plates reserved for fully electric cars

Green opposition LMP plans to submit an amendment proposal to parliament this autumn to ensure that green licence plates and the accompanying allowances are reserved…

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Altus Portfolio head protests National Bank of Hungary’s fine

Klára Dobrev, the managing director of Altus Portfolio, protested a fine imposed on the company by the National Bank of Hungary (NBH) in a statement…

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7 restaurants with panoramic view of Budapest

Funzine.hu made a list of 7 restaurants you should visit if you want a beautiful view while having a coffee or a meal. Városliget cafe…

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Don’t be simply a tourist in Budapest – try urban walking tours!

City tours are not only a great way to spend a week-day afternoon or weekend morning, but also give a fun insight on the specialties…

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Hungarian government bans skyscrapers in Budapest

The government has discussed a ban on skyscrapers to preserve the traditional profile of Budapest, Gergely Gulyás, who heads the Prime Minister’s Office, said at…

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Unprecedented Hungarian success and another phenomenal gold at the European Aquatics Championships

24.hu celebrates Kristóf Rasovszky, open water swimmer as he won a gold medal on the last day of the 2018 European Aquatics Championship. Rasovszky was…

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Orbán’s cabinet: BMW factory in Debrecen sign of stable ties with Germany

The factory German car manufacturer BMW will build in Debrecen demonstrates the long-term stability and strength of Hungarian-German relations, Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime…

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Hungary’s grain supply enough for 20 m people

Hungary’s agriculture has capacity to supply wheat of milling quality to twenty million people, twice the population of the country, the minister heading the Prime…

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Budapest public transport company receiving international mock award nomination

Not only is the BKK (Budapest Public Transport Company) fighting the criminals plundering the ticket machines, as Index reported, but now they got nominated among…

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Low water levels cut Danube freight capacity by two-thirds

Low water levels on the Danube have reduced freight capacity on the stretch of the river that runs through Hungary by two-thirds, Attila Bencsik, who…

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Central bank fines Altus Portfolio for unauthorised lending

The National Bank of Hungary (NBH) on Monday said it fined Altus Portfolio 15 million forints (EUR 46,000) for lending without a licence. In a…

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Great Hungarian communities in the USA: Hawaii

Most people think of Hawaii as a tourist destination, but some are fortunate enough to call these islands their home. And as it turns out,…

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Weather forecast for Tuesday

Overcast in the west and northwest, cumulus clouds in most other areas. Showers and thunder showers in many areas, hail in places. South-westerly winds turning…

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Jobbik calls for government action over rising rents

The conservative opposition Jobbik party on Monday called on the government to take immediate action over rising rents in Budapest and university cities across the…

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Heart-warming cafés in Budapest

If you are interested in a coffee that will warm your soul and want others to benefit from your caffeine addiction, then check out our…

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Guardian: Hungarian Gelarto Rosa on Europe’s best ice-cream parlors list

Based on Guardian readers’ travel tips, the Hungarian ice-cream parlor Gelarto Rosa has ranked among the bests in Europe, as Szeretlekmagyarország.hu writes. Unusual flavors, fresh…

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LMP protests government’s plan to ban gender studies in higher education

It is up to academics to decide whether gender studies have a place in Hungary’s higher education, a leader of the opposition LMP party told…

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3 camps for adults in Hungary

If it is hard for you to just sit at a beach for a week, doing nothing, then you should think about signing up for…

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Hungarian football league: Flawless Fradi and Honvéd win again

Budapest giants Ferencváros and Honvéd maintained their 100% winning records in this season’s OTP Bank Liga at the weekend with hard-fought away victories over nine-man…

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Survey: One-fifth of Hungarian pensioners would take a job

One-fifth of Hungarian pensioners, about half a million people, would be willing to take a job, a survey carried out by the economic research institute…

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Easy Lessons: a fascinating Hungarian documentary movie about seeking refuge

Currently, it is definitely not easy to live as a migrant or refugee in Hungary. This is exactly what the new Hungarian documentary Easy Lessons…

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Young Socialists to start consultation on emigration of youth

Societas, the youth arm of the opposition Socialist party, announced on Sunday that it would launch an online consultation on the emigration of youth in…

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Tribal Assembly of Hun-Turkic Peoples held in Hungary – PHOTOS

Twenty-seven ethnic groups from twelve countries participated in the Kurultáj Tribal Assembly of the Hun-Turkic Peoples, a biannual meeting of peoples of nomadic origin from…

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Internet, tablets and teacher shortage for the new school year

It is not only computer engineers that we are short of in Hungary at the moment. With less than one month until school begins in…

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Jobbik accuses Fidesz of betraying conservative intellectuals

A lawmaker of the radical nationalist Jobbik party on Sunday accused ruling Fidesz of having betrayed Hungary’s nationalist conservative intellectuals. “Pursuing an arrogant, aggressive policy…

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Christianity to be theme of 2019/2020 Hungarian State Opera season

Christianity will be the highlighted topic of the Hungarian State Opera’s 2019/2020 season, director Szilveszter Ókovács told MTI. The opera performances on the programme will…

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Hungarian girl with Down syndrome on stage

Tímea Bőczy can do a standing split while twirling a baton in her hand. She also has Down syndrome, but you cannot tell when she…

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Where to get the best iced coffee in Budapest

Daily News Hungary have compiled many articles about the best places to have coffee in the capital. In this unbearable heat, we thought it would…

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Readers’ letter: A beautiful tribute to Hungarian descendance

90 years after her great-grandparents left Hungary towards Brazil, Marina visits her ancestors beloved land. With a story to tell, but without having a family…

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Almost 180 Ukrainian children come to summer camp in Hungary

Almost 180 Ukrainian children have enjoyed summer camps at Lake Velence, in central Hungary, this year, Miklós Soltész, the state secretary for church and minority…

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Ministry supports Greener Sziget project

Hungary’s innovation and technology ministry voiced its support for the Greener Sziget, an environmental protection project underway at the Sziget Festival, a big outdoor music…

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Slovak media writes about the dubious expansion of PM Orbán’s son-in-law in Slovakia

The Slovak Spectator wrote about four Hungarian firms connected to István Tiborcz, son-in-law of PM Orbán, winning hundreds of thousands of EUR on suspicious lighting…

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Gender studies to be banned in Hungary

The government has been referring to gender studies as an ideology, not a faculty of study, and now they have decided to ban gender studies…

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Success – Mercedes Esports Team signs Hungarian Dani Bereznay

Mercedes has recently announced the launch of their new F1 Esports team which includes Hungarian Dani Bereznay, F1esports.com reports. Bereznay was selected by Mercedes at…

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Eurostat: Hungary leader in fighting poverty

The number of poor declined to an all-time low in Hungary from 2012 to 2016, a labour market expert told public news channel M1 on…

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A portrait of János Hunyadi, the man who saved Europe

Each day at noon the bells toll to commemorate one moment in European history bearing crucial significance: the battle of Belgrade, where János (or John)…

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You know you are dating a Hungarian woman when… – VIDEO

In today’s multicultural and mobile world, it is not rare that people from different nationalities encounter each other in different life situations, such as dating….

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Hungarian man killed in NYC over an Uber misunderstanding

A 35-year-old Hungarian man died from a head trauma that he received from an angry driver after he mistook the suspect’s car for his Uber…

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Hungary July air traffic doubles expectations

Air traffic above Hungary doubled expectations in July, according to data released by HungaroControl, Hungary’s air traffic controller, on Friday. Last month, a record 110,000…

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70th anniversary of State of Israel marked at Sziget Festival

The heads of mission of 25 countries to Hungary marked the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence at a reception held at Budapest’s Sziget Festival on…

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Hungary finished 4th on the medal table of the European Swimming Championship

The Hungarian national swimming team achieved great success at the 2018 European Aquatics Championship in Glasgow, 24.hu reports. With a total of nine medals we…

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Eger Master Courses At The Vino Tasting Festival

Eger has always been one of the most popular destinations for wine lovers. The wine region known for its fruit driven and stylistically diverse wines…

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Success: four Hungarian healthcare innovators among Europe’s bests – video

Clavicont, DiabTrend, HepC and Spicy Analytics got into the finals of a startup competition organized by the European Institution and Innovation &Technology (EIT). The first…

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Hungarian government to contribute to reconstruction after Greece wildfires

The Hungarian government has decided to donate 2 million forints (EUR 6,200) to the Hungarian Greek community to contribute to reconstruction efforts after recent wildfires…

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Hungary’s construction sector output climbs over 28 pc in June

Output of Hungary’s construction sector jumped by an annual 28.2 percent in June, rising at the fastest rate since January, data released by the Central…

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Pinball museum in Budapest with one-of-a-kind machines

There is a pinball machine museum in Budapest, on the Radnóti street, and it has become quite the tourist attraction. Both locals and visitors find…

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Will Smith can learn a lot from the Hungarian Umbrella Man

Will Smith got a lot of attention recently with his dancing video: the actor shooting in Budapest climbed to the top of the Chain Bridge…

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26th of August: Kosher Festival in downtown Budapest

Get ready for the most Jewish culinary experience of the year! According to funzine.hu, narrow Kazinczy utca will give place to the 4th Annual Cholent Festival on…

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People with pets and children have the hardest time finding sublets in Hungary

The end of August is one of the busiest periods in the renting business, as most freshly accepted university students are desperately looking for a…

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Health authorities launch campaign to fight African swine flu

Veterinary officers will visit farms in Hungary in August to promote preventive measures against the African swine flue, the head of the national animal health…

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Weather service upkeeps nationwide heat alert, warns of storms

The Hungarian Meteorological Service has kept in effect the nationwide heat alert and issued a storm alert for the west of the country on Friday….

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Hungarian job market misses 30-40 thousand computer engineers

As we reported, there were 22,000 open jobs in the Hungarian IT sector in 2016. The situation worsened a lot since then. Some CEOs told…

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State secretary: Migration is wrong solution to Europe’s demographic deficit

Katalin Novák, Hungary’s state secretary for family affairs, on Thursday attended a conference on family-centred solutions to the demographic challenges facing Europe. The European demographic…

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The strangest case of the day: a woman was arrested for blasting Plácido Domingo for 16 years

Online daily Index writes that a woman from Štúrovo, Slovakia was arrested on the grounds of making life-endangering threats. Her crime? Disturbing her neighbours by…

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Pál Fábry, founder of Pulitzer Memorial Award, dies aged 99

Pál Fábry, founder of the Pulitzer Memorial Award for Hungarian journalists, died in New Orleans on Wednesday, the board secretary of the Pulitzer Memorial Award…

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Record year in Hungarian tourism

The number of tourists in Hungary grew by more than 5 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period a…

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Ryanair cancels some Budapest flights because of strike

Irish low-fare carrier Ryanair has cancelled three of its Budapest flights on Friday because of a strike by pilots. The airline has cancelled its morning…

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The best program ideas for August

Check out all these programs that termalfurdo.hu collected for us. XXI. Wine days of Zalakaros – august 9-12 Concerts, quality wine, markets, parade and a…

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20 more signs that you are a real Hungarian

We continue our list with 20 more unmistakable signs that you are a true Hungarian. In case you have not yet read Part 1, check out…

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9 valuable lessons and tips for entrepreneurs

Accprding to Depositphotos blog, there are clear steps to climbing up a career ladder for almost every profession. Aside from entrepreneurship. There is no clear-cut,…

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Tourists are breaking records at Lake Balaton

Business online Világgazdaság writes that thanks to the hot summer and the versatile programmes at the beaches near Lake Balaton, tourism is at its peak,…

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Introducing the African-Hungarian Union (AHU)

The African-Hungarian Union is an international NGO, which was founded in 2006 by the prominent members of African diaspora in Hungary with the aim of…

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Six foreigners arrested at Sziget Festival on drug-related charges

Police have arrested six foreign nationals at the Budapest Sziget Festival on drug-related charges, the Budapest police headquarters (BRFK) said on its website on Thursday….

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Hungarian Wizz Air was least punctual airline flying from UK last year

According to a Press Association (PA) analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data, the airline had a 23-minute average delay, while this time it was…

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Hungary trade surplus reaches EUR 1.07 bn in June

Hungary had a 1.07 billion euro trade surplus in June 2018, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a first reading of data on Thursday….

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Wizz Air continues its expansion in Europe and beyond with 11 new routes

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the largest low cost carrier in CEE, today announced further expansion of its network footprint across…

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Half a million Hungarians plan to emigrate

About half a million Hungarians, 8.4 pc of the population planned to move abroad in 2016 according to the latest statistics of KSH, the Hungarian…

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Authorities hear five suspects in Alstom case

The investigative unit of Hungary’s prosecution service so far has questioned five people suspected of fraudulent activities linked to Budapest’s Metro 4 project, daily Magyar…

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Opposition Párbeszéd calls on government to disclose BMW investment details

Opposition Párbeszéd on Wednesday called on the government to disclose the details of the investment agreement concluded with BMW. The car manufacturing giant announced last…

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Green LMP: Warming Danube risk to nuclear plant security

The rising summer temperature of the Danube river constitutes a security and economic risk to Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant in Paks, green opposition LMP…

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The Hungarian bar that Iniesta’s family loves

The reporter of index visited the Hungarian football bar in Spain that the family of Andrés Iniesta loves very much. Now, while Hungarian football might…

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15 signs that you are a real Hungarian

A wonderful list appeared on several websites, Tudás Fája included, that helps you realise some of the superpowers that Hungarians possess. These are all things…

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Opposition DK: Residency bond system put Hungary, EU security at risk

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his government put the security of Hungarians and other EU citizens at risk by selling residency bonds to foreigners without…

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All the practical information you need before heading to SZIGET 2018

Edina Juhász from Dívány magazine compiled a brief list containing the most important practical information one would need before going to Hungary’s biggest and most…

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Hungary’s consumer prices up 3.4 pc in July

Consumer prices in Hungary grew by 3.4 percent year on year in July, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Wednesday. In a month-on-month comparison,…

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