Hungary

This small country is one of the great survivors of history: states and empires emerged, expanded or disintegrated and disappeared around it. The Hungarian statehood is over 1,000 years old and located in Cetral Aurope landlocked in the Carpathian Basin. The official language is the Hungarian, but English and German are widely spoken especially among the youngsters. The country has joined to European Union in 2004 and divided into 19 counties and the capital city Budapest. Hungary has several universities all around the country, thousands of students, but many of these are concentrated in the capital city. Therefore, Budapest Corner offers housing services for all students who decides to come to Budapest.

Hungary Facts

  • Location: Central Europe
  • Land area: 93,028 sq km
  • Border countries: Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia
  • Climate: temperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers
  • Population: 9,880,059 (July 2010 est.)
  • Population growth: -0.26% (2010 est.)
  • Urban population: 68% of total population (2008)
  • Ethnic groups: Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8% (2001 census)
  • Currency: Hungarian Forint (Ft, HUF)
  • Education expenditures: 5.5% of GDP (2005)
  • Government type: parliamentary democracy
  • Industries: mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles

Budapest

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. It serves multiple roles both in Hungary and the Central European region such as political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation centre besides the student activities. The first settlement in the area was in 1241-42 but the real blossoming started from the 15th century. Budapest was divided into two sides. On the west, the hilly Buda, on the East, the flat Pest. These two areas were separated cities until the mid 19th century, when the Chain Bridge connected them. Budapest is warmly suggested to expatriates as it is in the top 100 livable cities worldwide for several years according to Mercer HR Consulting study. Thus, Budapest corner also offers housing services for expartiates who intend to come to Budapest for shorter or longer period.

Budapest Facts

  • Population: 1,712,210 (2009)
  • Cummuter area’s population: 3,271,110 (Budapest Encarta)
  • General business hours: Mon-Thu 8am-4pm, Fri 8am-1pm
  • International Railway Stations: Keleti (Eastbound), Nyugati (Westbound) and Déli (Southbound) stations
  • International Bus Terminal: Nepliget Coach Station
  • Airport: Budapest Ferihegy International Airport
  • Districts: all together 23 districts, 6 in Buda, 16 in Pest and 1 on Csepel Island between them
  • Credit Cards: all major credit cards are accepted
  • Public transport: extensive bus, tram and trolleybus system, 3 metros (4th is under construction) and suburban train
  • Traffic: mornings and afternoons are crowded, other times are generally good
  • Water: tap water is safe to drink
  • Electricity: wall outlet is 220 volts German type