Hungary

by Bella Glidewell

Hungary's Culture

Most of the rural families in Hungary live in small houses, and many of the houses have stucco (rough plaster) outer walls and a tile roof. Many city dwellers live in apartments or one-family homes. About one-half of Hungary's citizens are Roman Catholic and much of the rest is Protestant. Magyer (also known as Hungarian) is Hungary's official language, and is spoken throughout the country of Hungary.

Hungary's Goverment

Hungary has a one-house parliament,and it is called National Assembly. The Assembly enacts all laws. Voters elect the parliament's members to a four-year term. The current leader of Hungary is Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has served since 29 May 2010.

Current Events In Hungary

*Hungary looks to Turkey for gas supplies to Europe after South Stream bust...
After meeting Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, Szijjártó told a press conference in the Turkish capital city that Moscow is currently in talks with Ankara on shipping gas originally destined for the South Stream pipeline to Turkey

In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced in Turkey that Moscow pulled the plug on the USD 40 billion South Stream plan to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing EU objections. Instead he named Turkey as Russia’s preferred partner for an alternative pipeline. Hungary gets most of its gas from Russia via Ukraine

The Tisza

The country's longest river is the Tisza, which flows 360 miles (579 kilometers) from northeast to south through eastern Hungary. The Tisza is a branch of Hungary's most important river, the Danube. The Danube flows through seven European countries, including Hungary. It forms part of Hungary's northern border, then flows from north to south through the central part of the country. The Danube serves as the chief shipping route for trade between Hungary and its neighbors as well as for trade within the country.

Citadella

This fortress sits atop a plateau, known as Gellért Hill, named after the missionary who brought Christianity to the area. At 770 feet (235 meters) high, Gellért Hill is one of the highest spots in Budapest. The structure was built in 1854 as a defense during the Hapsburg monarchy. Roughly 100 years later, the Russians occupied it during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.