Wednesday, 24 September 2014

10 Facts about Hungary

1. Hungary is home to around 10 million people

2. Hungary is landlocked. However, don't be fooled in thinking that it lacks any notable water. It is home to Lake Balaton - the largest in central Europe.

3. Hungary borders Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia

4. Like neighbouring countries, Hungary was part of the Celtic world, then the Roman Empire. Following the fall of Rome, the Huns settled in and gave their name to Hungary

5. Hungary is one the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 896

6. Hungarian language is known as Mayar. It is a direct descendent of the language spoken by the Huns, and is therefore only one the of the handful of languages spoken within the European Union that are not of Indo-European origin

7. After centuries as a powerful medieval kingdom, Hungary was part of the Ottoman and Habsburg empires from the 16th century onwards, emerging as an independent country again after World War I

8. Hungary has the highest standard VAT rate in the world at an astounding 27%

9. Hungarian, Erno Rubik, invented the Rubik's cube

10. As of 2007, 13 Hungarians have won the Nobel Prize

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