Budapest, HungaryArea:
93,030 sq km (35,919 sq miles).

9,942,000 (2012).

Budapest. Population: 1,741,041 (2011).

Hungary is situated in Central Europe, sharing borders to the north with the Slovak Republic, to the northeast with Ukraine, to the east with Romania, to the south with Croatia and Serbia and to the west with Austria and Slovenia. There are several ranges of hills, chiefly in the north and west. The Great Plain (Nagyalföld) stretches east from the Danube to the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in the CIS, to the mountains of Transylvania in Romania, and south to the Fruska Gora range in Croatia. Lake Balaton is the largest unbroken stretch of inland water in Central Europe.

Hungarian (Magyar) is the official language. German and English are widely spoken. Some French is also spoken, mainly in western Hungary.

65 per cent Roman Catholic, 20 per cent Calvinist. Eastern Orthodox and Jewish minorities. There is no official national religion.

220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are used.

IDD available. Country code: 36. Outgoing international code: 00. Public telephones are operated by Ft10, Ft20, Ft50 and Ft100 coins or by telephone cards.

Mobile telephone:
GSM dual band 900/1800; coverage throughout the country. Network operators include Pannon GSM Telecoms and Westel Mobile Telecommunications Company.

Services are available at main post offices all over the country and at the Telecommunications Information and Service Office, Petõfi Sándor u., Budapest.

ISPs include Matav (website: There are cybercafés in larger towns.

Airmail takes three days to one week to reach other European destinations. In addition to the main post office, the offices at West and East railway stations in Budapest are open 24 hours a day. Stamps are available from tobacconists as well as post offices. Post office hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1800; Sat 0700-1400.

National dailies include Népszabadság, Magyar Hirlap and Népszava. English-language newspapers include the Budapest Business Journal, Budapest Week, Courier Diplomatique, The Budapest Sun, The Hungarian Economy, The Hungarian Observer, and The Hungarian Quarterly.