Hungary - At a glance

Hungary at a glance

Country name The Republic of Hungary (Magyarország)
Language Hungarian
Population 9,879,000
People Hungarian (Magyar) 89.9%, Roma 4%, German 2.6%, Serb 2%, Slovak 0.8%, Romanian 0.7%
Religion Two-thirds of the population are Roman Catholic; other faiths/denominations include Calvinist, Lutheran, Jewish and Greek Orthodox
Neighbouring countries Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine
Area 93,000km²
Time Central European Time (GMT +1)
Currency Forint (Ft or HUF) (for up-to-date rates, see
Flag Three equal horizontal bands: red (top), white (middle) and green (bottom)
Life expectancy Men 68 years, women 77 years
Economy Agriculture 8%, industry and commerce 42%, services 32%,government 7%
Telephone codes Country code 0036, Budapest code 1

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