Hungary

Basic informations

Population 10,000,000
Language Hungarian
Religion Catholic
Capitol Budapest
Climate Moderate
Government Republic
Main industries -

Location

Hungary is located near the center of Europe, in the Carpathian Basin, surrounded by the following countries: Austria, Slovakia, Ukrain, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

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Culture

History

In 896 the Hungarian tribes arrived in the Carpatian Basin under the leadership of Arpad. There they found that place surrounded by mountains could be good to settle down, and they did so. According to the legend the Hungarians were the only nation who could do archering backwards from the horse. The other nations around so quickly experienced that, and very often used the next expression while they tried to escape from their an disavantaged situation: "God save us from the Hungarians arrows!"
Unfortunately to nowadays we have forgotten everything about our proud past.

Origins

The ancient Hungarians possibly came somewhere around the Volga river area from the territory of Russia, that they called Magna Hungaria. The first written memories about that date to 1235, from the pen of Friar Julian.

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Language

There is no similar or familiar language than the Hungarian. The only language that we have the same roots is the Finn. It's so interesting if we know that fact, the ancient Hungarians came from the territory of Russia in 896!
Our language seems interesting or exotic for some people, and they use it likely in advertisements or in blockbuster movies like "The usual suspects" (see above) or "Blade Runner"

Hungarian alphabet

The Hungarian alphabet contains more vowels than the English, for example (é; í; ó; ö; ő; ü; ú; ű). In my opinion that makes it easier for us to pronounce the English words in the right way.

What it's famous for

Despite the relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, to the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), to the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and to the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy). The capital city Budapest is divided in two parts by a river Danube.

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Unfortunately we have an another negative thing that we became famous. We have a Prime Minister who against the will of the majority of Hungarians doesn'n want to leave. He said the next words in 2006 about their jobs in the last for years:

There is not much choice. There is not, because we fucked. Not a little, a lot. No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have. Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. It was totally clear that what we are saying is not true. We lied at morning, at the afternoon and at night. You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of, other than at the end we managed to bring the government back from the brink. Nothing. If we have to give account to the country about what we did for four years, then what do we say?

After that speech the people went to the streets to protest against the government. Finally the pulice brutally insulted everybody without any reason. The police attacks was broadcasting online by the biggest news channels of the word.

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Famous persons

Attila (406 – 453), also known as Attila the Hun or the Scourge of God, was leader of the Huns from 434 until his death. He was leader of the Hunnic Empire which stretched from Germany to the Ural River and from the River Danube to the Baltic Sea (see map below). During his rule he was one of the most fearsome of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires' enemies: he invaded the Balkans twice, he marched through Gaul (modern France) as far as Orleans before being defeated at the Battle of Chalons. He refrained from attacking either Constantinople or Rome.

In much of Western Europe, he is remembered as the epitome of cruelty and rapacity. In contrast, some histories and Chronicles lionize him as a great and noble king, and he plays major roles in three Norse sagas.

There is an another reference to Attila in the film "The Usual Suspect" on a name Kaiser Soze.
If you want to know more about this movie: The Usual Suspects - Trailer

Hungary was birth place so many prominent composers such as Liszt, Dohnányi, Bartók, Kodály who was the developer of the Kodaly Method, also known as Kodaly Hand Signs.

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Hungarian inventions include the noiseless match (János Irinyi), Rubik's cube (Ernő Rubik), and the krypton electric bulb (Imre Bródy). Several other inventions were made by Hungarians who fled the country prior to World War II, including holography (Dennis Gabor), the ballpoint pen (László Bíró), the theory of the hydrogen bomb (Edward Teller (Teller Ede)), and the BASIC programming language (John Kemeny, with Thomas E. Kurtz).

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And not to forget, also Hungarian Andy Vajna the producer of the following films: Terminator 3; Dungeons & Dragons; I Spy; The 13th Warrior; Burn Hollywood Burn; Evita; The Scarlet Letter; Judge Dredd; Die Hard 3; Color of Night; Renaissance Man; Tombstone; Jacob's Ladder; Narrow Margin; Air America; Total Recall; Johnny Handsome; Red Heat; Rambo III; Angel Heart

Tourist attractions

I included only a few pictures, but we have a lot. For further information please visit this site.
Opera House Budapest

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Eszterházy-Palace in Fertőd

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Food

Probably the most famous dish to come from Hungary is the paprika laced meat stew known as gulyás (goulash) – the name actually means "herdsmen" and came to be associated with the meat stew the herdsmen ate. Kettle gulyás (Bogrács gulyás) evolved from being a shared hearty soup cooked in a kettle on the Great Plain, to later become an aristocratic specialty. Interestingly, two hundred years ago when Hungary took a stand to protect its language, culture and gastronomy, gulyás became a symbol of the proud nation and everyone ate it - rich and poor. They still do. And there are variations on the theme – dishes called paprikás, tokány and pörkölt.
Source: SBS

Anything that you should know about the Hungarian Gulyas.

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Spirits and wines

The most famous spirits of my country is Unicum, which is made from 40 herb according a secret recipe and Palinka. I have a story that I would like to share with you:

At the time of the discussion European Union the politics of Hungary and Romania took big efforts to get the brand name and the rights of the Palinka, but they can't agree in the origin of the spirit. Then the Hungarian representative opened a Romanian dictionary where they found the next explanation: The "palinca" is Hungarian origin spirit made from fruits with destillation. After that, the questin wasn't question any more.

Unicum

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Different types of Palinkas

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Personal impression

Nice place with friendly people, mostly in the village area. Prepare yourself for the heavy foods! Perfect place to relax, it's like you travel back to the time. The internet is unlimited!!!

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