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    FULL NAME: Republic of Hungary

    POPULATION: 10 million

    CAPITAL: Budapest

    MAJOR LANGUAGE: Hungarian

    MAJOR RELIGION: Christianity



            Hungary is a country in central Europe surrounded by land. Although it has no access to a sea, its famous Lake Balaton, which is the largest one Europe, is a great tourist attraction. Hungary is quite diverse culturally. Magyars constitute the majority, yet Roma, Germans, Slovaks, Serbs, Croats, and Romanians, although only the minorities, add to the cultural mosaic of the country. Hungarian history is rich and turbulent, as the country has experienced periods of political turmoil and struggles for independence. During the events leading to the collapse of communism in Eastern and Central Europe, Hungary was instrumental and became the first country to embrace the free market economy. In 1999, Hungary was admitted to NATO, and in 2004, it joined the European Union. At present, Hungary is experiencing the results of the collapse of the economy, including the credit crunch of 2008.
            Hungary has rich traditions in folk and classical music and is the birthplace of famous composers and performers, including Franz Liszt, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. It also has a long history of wine making.

    Source: BBC News / news.bbc.co.uk

Last Modified on April 1, 2012