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Facts & Figures of Budapest, Hungary


HUNGARY is the
member of EUROPEAN UNION (EU)

Official name: Republic of Hungary (Magyar Köztársaság)
Form of government: republic
Official language:
Hungarian

 

NATIONAL FLAG AND THE COAT OF ARMS:
Red white green

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FLAG AND CREST OF BUDAPEST:

 

ADMINISTRATION UNITS: Capital and 19 Counties

Geography
Area:
93,030 sq. km.
Total length of borders: 2,246 km
Highest peak: Kékes (1,015 m) in the Mátra Mountains (NE Hungary)
Lowest point: Gyálarét (78 m), south of Szeged
Main rivers: Danube (Hungarian section: 417 km), Tisza (Hungarian section: 596 km), Dráva, Lajta, Rábca, Rába, Zala, Mura, Ipoly, Zagyva, Sajó, Hernád, Bodrog, Szamos, Hármas-Körös, Maros
Largest lakes: Balaton (596 sq. km.), Fertő (southern part, belonging to Hungary: 87 sq. km.), Velence (26 sq. km.)
Geographical regions: Great Plain (Alföld), Western Lowlands (Kisalföld), West Hungarian border region or Sub-Alps (Alpokalja), Transdanubian Hills (Dunántúli-dombság), Transdanubian Mountains (Dunántúli-középhegység), Northern Mountains (Északi-középhegység)
Regions, corresponding to the requirements of the European Union (since 1999, member counties belonging to the planning-statistical regions in brackets):
- Central Hungary (Budapest and Pest county)
- Central Western Hungary (Fejér, Komárom-Esztergom and Veszprém counties)
- Western Hungary (Győr-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala counties)
- South Western Hungary (Baranya, Somogy and Tolna counties)
- Northern Hungary (Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Heves and Nógrád counties)
- Central Eastern Hungary (Hajdú-Bihar, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties)
- South Eastern Hungary (Bács-Kiskun, Békés and Csongrád counties)
Administrative divisions (January 1, 2006):  19 counties and the capital, 23 cities with county status
Settlements with urban status (January 1, 2006): 266, including Budapest
Villages (January 1, 2006): 2,856

Population (January 1, 2006): 10,017,000; (census result on February 1, 2001: 10,198,315)
Density of population (January 1, 2006): 108 inhabitants per sq. km.
Ethnic groups: (2003 est.) Hungarian (89.9 per cent), Roma (4 per cent), German (2.6 per cent), Serb (2 per cent), Slovak (0.8 per cent), Romanian (0.7 per cent), Croat, Slovene and minor communities of Bulgarians, Greeks, Poles, Armenians, Ruthenes and Ukrainians.
Urban population (January 1, 2006): 6,662,000.
Population of principal cities (January 1, 2006): Budapest (1,694,000), Debrecen (204,000), Miskolc (174,000), Szeged (163,000), Pécs (156,000), Győr (128,000)
Main religions (February 1, 2001, census results): Roman Catholic (51.9 per cent), Calvinist (15.9 per cent), Lutheran (3.0 per cent), Greek Catholic (2.6 per cent), Jewish (0.1 per cent), other religions, including Orthodox (1.1 per cent); belonging to no religion or denomination (14.5 per cent), refusing to declare their religious affiliation (10.1 per cent), unknown (0.7 per cent).

NUMBER OF FOREIGN VISITORS TO HUNGARY :
40 963 000 (2006)



LOCAL TIME:
(Summer): GMT+2
(Winter): GMT+1

AIRPORT:
Budapest-Ferihegy II/A. 21 kms/13 miles
Budapest-Ferihegy II/B. 22 kms/13miles

AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX: Included in the airfare.

CURRENCY:
Forint (Ft HUF)
1 USD = cca. 175 HUF
1 EUR = cca. 245 HUF

BUSINESS HOURS:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Mon-Thu)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Fri) Closed (Sat-Sun)

CREDIT CARDS:
All major credit cards are accepted. Check the advertisements at the entrances

 
WATER:
Budapest's drinking water is among the best in Europe. It meets the strictest quality standards. The drinking water service in Budapest is the Capital Waterworks Rt. The Water-works is owned by the Local Government of Budapest.

OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Hungary

LANGUAGE: Hungarian

CLIMATE: Continental temperate

CAPITAL CITY:
Budapest
Population: 1 719 342 (2003)
Longitude: 19° 11" E
Latitude: 47° 26" N
Altitude above sea level: 138 m

VISA AND PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS:
Only a valid passport is required for tourists visiting from the U.S. Canada and Europe (except Albania). Visitors from Albania Turkey and countries outside Europe are advised to contact the local consulate.

ELECTRICITY: 220 V / 50 Hz

Economy
Per capita GDP (gross domestic product) in 2005: EUR 8,707
Industries: mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles.
Arable land: (May 2005) 48.5 per cent of the country's territory
Agriculture: wheat, corn, sunflower seed, potatoes, sugar beets; pigs, cattle, poultry, dairy products.
Natural resources: bauxite, coal, natural gas.
Exports: (2005) USD 61,861.1 million; EUR 49,720.7: machinery and equipment, other manufactures, food products, raw materials, fuels and electricity
Imports: (2005) USD 65,435.3 million; EUR 52,559.9 million : machinery and equipment, other manufactures, fuels and electricity, food products, raw materials.
Major trading partners: the EU (especially Germany, Austria, Italy, France, UK, ); U.S., Russia, China
Employment pattern (2005):
agriculture (4.98 per cent)
industry (24.3 per cent)
other sectors (70.72 per cent)
Unemployment (2005): 7.2 per cent
Transport network (2005): railways 7,685 km (2,791 km electrified), public roads 30,874 km (motorways 636 km)

SHOPPING HOURS: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Mon-Wed Fri)
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Thu)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Sat)
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Shopping Centers (Every Day)

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS In 2008

1 January

New Year's Day

15 March

Memorial Day - Anniversary of the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence

23 March

Easter Sunday

24 March

Easter Monday

1 May

Labour Feast

11 May

Whit Sunday (Pentecost)

12 May

Whit Monday

20 August

St. Stephen's Day, Celebration of the Foundation of the State

23 October

Memorial Day (1956 Revolution), Day of the Proclamation of the Republic

1 November

All Saint's Day

24 December

Christmas Eve

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

2nd Day of Christmas - Boxing Day

31 December

New Year's Eve

MAIN TRAFFIC RULES IN Hungary



CITY TAXI
(Tourist Information)
1191 Bp. Attila út 49-53.
Phone: 211-1111
Fax:280-1521

PANNON AIR CARGO Ltd.
1185 Bp., Airport Ferihegy 1.
Phone: (+361) 296-8086, 296-9123 ext.7353
Fax: 296-7487
www.pacargo.com

TOURINFORM OFFICES:
Tourinform Hotline
From Hungary: 06 80 630 800
From abroad: +36 30 30 30 600
Hungarian National Tourist Offices's automatic information line provides general orientation in Hungarian, English and German around the clock: information related to incoming and outgoing tourism, accommodation, transport, programmes, tourist cards.Please call information centre at to ask personal questions: +36-1-438-8080
Post address: H-1548 Budapest
Fax: +36-1-488-8661
E-mail: hungary@tourinform.hu
Internet: www.hungarytourism.hu

TOURINFORM HEAD OFFICE - POLICE-INFO OFFICE
1052 Budapest, Deák tér (Sütő utca 2.)
Opening hours: 8 am – 8 pm
Tel.: +36-1-438-8080
Fax: +36-1-488-8661

hungary@tourinform.hu
1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 11.
Tel.: +36-1-322-4098
Fax: +36-1-342-9390
liszt@budapestinfo.hu

1062 Budapest, West Railway Station
Tel.:+36-1-302-8580
Fax:+36-1-302-8580

1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér
Tel: +36-1-488-0453, +36-488-0475
Fax: +36-1-488-0474

1052 Budapest, Városház u. 7.
Tel.: +36-1/428-0375
Fax: +36-1/353-2956
pest-m@tourinform.hu

Budapest-Ferihegy Airport Terminal 1
Tel.: +36-1-438-8080

Budapest-Ferihegy Airport Terminal 2/A
Tel.: +36-1-438-8080

Budapest-Ferihegy Airport Terminal 2/B
Tel.: +36-1-438-8080

2700 Cegléd, Kossuth tér 1.
Tel.: +36-53-500-285, Fax: (53)500-286
cegled@tourinform.hu
www.cegled.hu

2100 Gödöllő, Királyi Kastély
Tel./fax: +36-28-415-402
Fax: (28)415-403
godollo@tourinform.hu
www.gkrte.hu, www.godollotourinform.hu

2364 Ócsa Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca 2.
Tel.: +36-29-578-750
Tel./ fax: (29)578-751
ocsa@tourinform.hu

2300 Ráckeve, Kossuth L. u. 51.
Tel./fax: +36-24-429-747
rackeve@tourinform.hu
www.rackeve.hu, www.tourinform.rackeve.hu

2651 Rétság, Kossuth út 1-3.
Tel.: +36-32-550-155
retsag@tourinform.hu
www.retsag.hu
2000 Szentendre, Dumtsa Jenő u. 22.
Tel./fax: +36-26-317-965, (26)317-966
szentendre@tourinform.hu
www.szentendre.hu

2600 Vác, Március 15. tér 16-18.
Tel.: +36-27-316-160
Fax: (27)316-464
vac@tourinform.hu
www.vac.hu

2112 Veresegyház, Fő út 9.
Tel./fax: +36-28-558-036
Fax: (28)588-035
veresegyhaz@tourinform.hu
www.veresegyhaz.hu, www.veresikisterseg.hu

2072 Zsámbék, Etyeki út 2.
Tel./fax: +36-23-342-318
zsambek@tourinform.hu
www.zsambek.hu

TELEPHONE: Country code for Hungary is 36. Budapest is 1.

TIPPING: Tip hotel and restaurant staff and taxi drivers about 10-15 % porters 200 HUF.

TOURISM OFFICE OF BUDAPEST
1056 Budapest, Március 15. Ter 7.
Phone: 266-0482, 266-0479 Fax: 266-7477
E-mail: info@budapestinfo.hu
www.budapestinfo.hu

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   

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