±A - Subscribe to Our Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter contains health and financial news, expat articles, social media recommendations and more.
±A - Join Our Community
±A - Read Our Guide
±A - Compare Quotes and Save
±A - Listen to the Podcast
±A - Expert Financial
±A - ExpatFocus Partners
OverviewBack to top Back to main Skip to menu
Hungary - Overview
Population: 10,006,835 (July 2005 est.)
Languages: Hungarian 93.6%, other or unspecified 6.4% (2001 census)
Religions: Roman Catholic 51.9%, Calvinist 15.9%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 2.6%, other Christian 1%, other or unspecified 11.1%, unaffiliated 14.5% (2001 census)
Currency: forint (HUF)
Hungary is situated in central Europe. It is a landlocked country and has borders with Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. Previously a communist state, it now has a vibrant market economy, with high levels of foreign ownership and investment and strong economic growth rates. Hungary acceded to the EU in May 2004.
Hungary has a rich historical past, having been part of the Ottoman, the Hapsburg and the Austro-Hungarian Empires. It has a rich cultural heritage, being particularly renewed for its classical and folk music. It is also known famed for its healing thermal springs, and there are many resort spas throughout the country.
Tourism is slowly developing in Hungary, but much of the countryside is still very rustic and traditional. In contrast, the sophisticated capital of Budapest is a popular tourist centre with a lively arts, cultural and social scene. Budapest, which really consists of the separate cities of Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube, boasts many grand historical buildings, along with the modern parts of the city which were rebuilt after the city was bombed heavily during WW2.
More than a quarter of the population of Hungary live in Budapest and the surrounding region. Most of the Hungary's expatriate community also live in Budapest, and are employed mainly by the foreign diplomatic missions and the overseas companies which operate there.
On the whole, Hungary seems to be a popular expatriate destination, with a relatively high standard of living available at relatively low cost of living. There is a lower risk to personal security than in some other ex-Communist countries. Although pick-pocketing, petty crime and various scams are quite common in Hungary, violent crime is rare.
Read more about this country
Expat Health Insurance Partners
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.