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The Land of the Magyars


I will be updating and changing these pages as time goes on!

What is Hungary? Whom are the Magyars?
I have now spent ten years in this land-locked land and think I am in a
better position to answer this ancient enigma? Looking at ones roots is
very important when trying to understand the national psyche and
mind-set. I can trace my family tree directly back at least 50 generations
back when my ancestors were kings and queens on my farthers side
right back to `Rollo The Ganger` and of Welsh stock on my fathers great
grandmothers side! You can see more on my Family Tree Travelogue
Link on my Home Page.

I teach English part time and do Job interview and exam coaching.
The Land has changed from `Gulyas Communism` to `Gulyas Capitalism` !
Hungary was the first country in the world to democratically elect a
communist Government, this fact seems to be unknown by young
Hungarians. It is a land which has been occupied by many occupying
armies and now is one of the 25 member states of the EU.Basically
Hungary consists of 2 parts in my opinion...Budapest and the rest of the
country. Well I strongly recommend if you have not paid a visit to this
country, that you do! It will be an experience you won`t forget!


Above this is the Lake where most of the rich or good looking from
Budapest head for in the Summer months. Also hordes larger than
Attilla the Hun's mob swarm to the lake from Germany and Austria!

But avoid the tourist spots and there are many beautiful small towns
along the lake. Travel by train from Budapest gets very crowded in the
Summertime and getting an InterCity train could be recommended as
your sure of a seat. http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Lagoon/2667

Please look on the right at my different travelogues as there are a lot
more pictures of places VT doesn't list in their towns.
I took this picture at the Lake Balaton facing the town of Tihany which is a
very old town with a monastery.They also have a cheese named after it
and the local wine is also quite MMMM!

My new home in the Tapio Region



On 4th of April, 1849 Nagykata was the headquarters of Gyorgy when
the battle of Tapiobicske (one of the most important battles of war of
independence in 1848/49) was fought and won by Damjanich and his
soldiers on the outskirts of Nagykata. The soldiers wounded in the battle
were accommodated in the Keglevich castle in the town, where Lajos
Kossuth, the leader of the war of independence, visited them.
Today the same building is used as the City Hall of Nagykata. (Since
1999 a memorial table on the wall of the City Hall has been reminding
us of this visit.) 4th of April is one of the biggest holidays of Nagyk?ta.
On the occasion of the holiday many native and foreign military
tradition-keeper teams arrive at the town and after recalling of the
heroes' memory and a wreath-laying ceremony, on the bank of the River
Tapio (on the one-time battlefield) they evoke the battle of 1849).

Some hard facts taken from British Embassy website


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GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON HUNGARY

AREA AND GEOGRAPHY

Hungary is a land-locked country located at the heart of Europe.
It occupies an area of 36,340 square miles (a little over one-third
the size of the United Kingdom). It is bordered by seven countries:
Slovakia to the North; the Ukraine and Romania to the East; Serbia,
Croatia and Slovenia to the South, and Austria to the West. Hungary
lies in the Carpathian Basin and is blessed with extensive low-lying,
fertile plains (the Great Hungarian Plain), and with hilly regions
in the North and West.

POPULATION

Hungary has a stable population of around 10.1 million (April 2004).
62% of Hungarians live in urban areas. Budapest, the political,
administrative and commercial capital has just over 2 million inhabitants,
and is by far the largest city in Hungary. Other main centres of population
include Miskolc (196,000), Szeged (175,000), Pécs (170,000), Debrecen
(212,000) and Győr (129,000).

POLITICAL

Hungary is a constitutional Republic with a pluralist democratic
parliamentary government. From 1948 until 1989 Hungary was
part of the former communist Soviet bloc. The communist party’s
dominant position was ended peacefully in October 1989.
Free elections were held in March 1990, which resulted in a coalition
Government, headed by the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF).
The main opposition parties were the Alliance of Free Democrats
(SZDSZ), the Alliance of Young Democrats (FIDESZ) and the Hungarian
Socialist Party (MSZP).

Since the 1990 elections every elected Government has seen
through its 4-year term of office, but on each occasion there has
been a change of party in power, always in a coalition government.
The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) won the May 1994 election,
the Young Democrats (FIDESZ) won the 1998 election.
The most recent election in April 2002 resulted in a win by the
Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) with a very narrow majority and
they formed a coalition with the Alliance of Free Democrats.
Following a Government reshuffle and internal party manouvering
over the summer of 2004 a new Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany
(in his early 40s, a businessman by profession and former Minister
of Sport), was sworn in along with a new Cabinet on 4 October.

This government, as with all political parties in Hungary, is a
committed EU partner - Hungary joined on 1 May 2004. The current
government has cited 2010 as their target for joining the Euro Zone.
Hungary joined NATO in March 1999.

ECONOMIC

Some headline figures:
• Hungary's GDP per capita is approx. Euro 7,2334 (2003),
although at purchasing power parity the figure is some 50% higher.
• Over the last 5 years, Hungary had one of the highest GDP growth
rates in Europe at 2.9% for 2003, with 4.0% in the second quarter of 2004.
• Unemployment is running at around 6.1% (September 2004).

• Inflation averaged 7.2% in August 2004, is predicted at 7.0% for
the rest of the year, and to fall to 4-5% in 2005. It is generally on a
continuous downward trend (9.2% in 2001).
• The foreign debt, having been the highest in Central Europe in the
mid-1990s has now fallen below $20bn. The Government has a record
of managing the debt skilfully and the country's credit rating is relatively
good. Hungary has never requested a rescheduling of its debt.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Maybe the most beautiful women in Europe and a cuisine to match!
  • Cons:No sea and very oppressive weather fronts and a difficult language!
  • In a nutshell:It was no accident that the Rubics Cube was invented here.
  • Last visit to Hungary: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 18, 2007
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  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Super pages .Love those painted eggs. I have one on my Christmas tree...

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Your history and knowledge of Hungary facts and politics was great and in depth. It was most interesting.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Hungary looks like it might be on the map for us in 2010 - what's September like? leyle

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    5 star tips about the water

  • edinka's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Hi, I liked the hungarian phrases tip with the phonetics:-) sometimes its even difficult for a hungarian to speak correctly.

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    On your home page it says "2008 HARD TIMES in Hungary!", what's going on down there?

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2007 at 3:10 AM

    OMF once more! You're in, mate, but don't dare to threaten my position as president of the Fridge Society! ;)

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2007 at 8:36 AM

    Your daughter is cute...I also learned a lot...these pages are very, very informative, Tim. Happy traveling!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2007 at 11:25 PM

    What a lovely country you're living in dear Tim, and your daugther is just so cute... wonderful page and intro for your home, a page made with passion, thank you

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2007 at 4:50 AM

    Cheers mate,now were all waiting for YOUR 80's album!

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