About Hungary

Country name: Hungary, Magyarország
Climate: Continental
Location: Hungary borders to the north with the Slovak Republic, to the north west with Ukraine, to the east with Romania, to the south with Serbia and to the west with Slovenia and Austria.
Area: 93,030 km2
Capital: Budapest, 1.7 million inhabitants
Population: 9,960,000 (February 2012); from which Hungarian-Germans: 62,000 (census 2001), as well as approx. 750,000 Roma (estimation)
Official language: Hungarian
Religions/Churches: Rom.-Cath. (52%), Calv.-Ref. (16%.), Evang.-luth. (3%), Jewish (0,1%), no religious affiliation (14,5%), no data (10%) (census 2001)
Currency: Forint
Exports: Chemical products, food, material and accessories for transportation.
Area code: 0036

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe and is for the most part located in the Pannonian Basin. Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia are neighboring countries. Budapest is with about 1.7 million inhabitants the capital of the city. It is by far the biggest city of Hungary. Around 17% of all Hungarians therefore live in Budapest. The following biggest cities, in which we also have partner universities, are Debrecen (ca. 225.000 inhabitants), Szeged (ca. 165.000 inhabitants) and Pécs (ca. 160.000 inhabitants).

Based on its location, the Hungarian climate is a relatively dry continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. In winter, the temperatures range around 0°C and around 20°C on average in summer. The average yearly temperature is around 11°C.

Hungary is characterized by nature and therefore primarily has a green face. The longest river – with 417 kilometers – flowing through the heart of Hungary is the Danube. Especially on its waterfront, you can see the Hungarian flora and fauna in all its glory. All in all, Hungary is home to 45,000 animal species and 2,200 plant species. The oldest Hungarian bridge, which was built over the Danube, is the famous “Chain Bridge” in Budapest. Today, the bridge – which was already opened in 1849 –is still one of the most famous sights of Budapest and Hungary.

The medical training in Hungary enjoys a very good reputation internationally. The Semmelweis University is worldwide known as a medical university. It offers, just like the University of Pécs and the University of Szeged medical studies in Hungarian, German and English. The University of Debrecen also offers an international medical degree program in English and Hungarian language.


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