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Hungary: Former Warsaw Pact Country and currently NATO member

Around 14 B.C the western part of Hungary was under the rule of the Romans. It became a Christian nation in A.D 1000 and this acted as a barrier for the expansion of Ottoman Turkish Empire in Europe. Later on Hungary aligned with Austria to form the Austro-Hungarian Empire that disintegrated during World War I. In 1956, it withdrew from the Warsaw Pact for which it had to face Russian military invasion. Later it joined NATO in 1999 and in 2004, it became a member of the European Union.

Hungary Fast Facts:

    · National Name: Republic of Hungary
    · National Capital: Budapest
    · Total Area: 93,030 sq km (35,919 sq miles)
    · Total Population: 10 million (UN, 2008)
    · Ethnic races: Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8% (2001 census)
    · Religions: Roman Catholic 51.9%, Calvinist 15.9%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 2.6%, other Christian 1%, other or unspecified 11.1%, unaffiliated 14.5% (2001 census)
    · Currency: Forint
    · GDP per capita (PPP): $20,500 (2008 est.)
    · Languages: Hungarian 93.6%, other or unspecified 6.4% (2001 census)
    · Life expectancy: 69 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
    · Literacy Rate: 99.4%(2003 est.)

Hungary Geography, Climate and Economy:
Hungary is of the same size as Indiana lying in the heart of Europe. The Terrain of the country mostly comprises of fertile and rolling plains. The important rivers are Danube and Tisza. The northwest plains are called Little Hungarian Plains because of its small size. Lake Balaton lies to its south. The Slovakian border of Hungary consists of hills and low mountains.

The climate of Hungary is relatively temperate with fluctuating temperatures, which may be quite high. The annual average temperature remains at 12 degree Celsius. The winters are cold and humid and January is the coldest month of the year while the summers are warm and the months of July and August are the hottest.

Agriculture was the main driver of Hungarian economy till the World War II when it opted for large-scale industrialization. Formerly it had a centrally planned economy, which got diversified after some years. Around 80% of the Hungarian GDP is contributed by the private sector. Hungary’s natural resources include bauxite, coal and natural gas.

Hungary Culture and Cuisine:
The culture of Hungary comprises of rich folk tradition, which includes different patterns of embroidery, stylized pottery and some wooden carvings. The famous rhapsody musician Franz Liszt hailed from Hungary. The other folk music includes Hungarian gipsy music and Roma music. The literature of Hungary is composed in Finno-Ugric language, which has very limited following.

The Hungarian cuisine has Turkish and Bulgarian influences including the cooking methods. The traditional Hungarian cuisine includes a number of ingredients, which make it hot and spicy. The Hungarian cuisine mostly includes herbs and spices specifically paprika.

Tourist Sites in Hungary:
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary is the popular tourist destination. The Royal Castle in Buda and the Vaci Street in Pest are the major tourist sites. Besides this, Hungary has some World Heritage Sites and well-preserved Biosphere reserves. Lake Hévíz, is the world's second largest thermal lake located in Hungary.

Some other Hungary Tourist Attractions include:
    · Staute Park
    · Fine Art Museum
    · Heroes’ Square
    · Chain Bridge
    · Balaton
    · Eger
    · Sopron
    · Esztergom
    · Bükk National Park
    · Aggtelek National Park

Al Qaeda hid attack plan in porn movie

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Washington, May 1 (IANS) Over a hundred Al Qaeda documents embedded inside a pornographic movie have revealed plots of carrying out terror strikes in Europe similar to the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead.

Al Qaeda's Europe attack plans found hidden in porn movie

May 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Washington, May 1 (IANS) Hundreds of internal Al Qaeda documents embedded inside a pornographic movie on a memory disk have revealed plots of carrying out attacks in Europe similar to the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Petition to close down Mossad quashed

April 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Tel Aviv, April 18 (IANS) The Israeli Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking to close down the country's spy agency Mossad.

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Russian n-reactor designer held for fraud

April 18, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The chief of Russian nuclear reactor design bureau Gidropress, a subsidiary of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, has been detained on suspicion of an 18-million-ruble ($600,000) fraud.

Many nations vulnerable to unexpected shocks: IMF

April 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Washington, April 17 (IANS) Policymakers face the dilemma of how best to respond to the challenges of slackening global activity and continued financial volatility as many countries remain vulnerable to unexpected shocks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday.

Man kills four in Hungary sword attack

April 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Budapest, April 7 (IANS) A 24-year-old man in Hungary killed four people with a sword and injured three others after a family argument, CNN reported.

Mercedes-Benz sales soar

April 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Berlin, April 5 (IANS) German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz sustained a strong sales momentum into the first quarter of the new year, as it posted in March its strongest single-monthly sales record ever, a company official said.

China usual favourites at World TT Championships

March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Berlin, March 23 (IANS) Four months ahead of the London OLympics, the table tennis world will gather at the World Championships in Dortmund with the Chinese teams being the usual favourites.

Apple has sold 3 million iPads since Friday

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has announced that it has sold a whopping three million new iPad units since its sale began Friday.

Cultural tightness 'may prevent emergence of women leaders'

March 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Washington, Mar 9 (ANI): Countries that more strictly uphold their cultural norms are less likely to promote women as leaders unless those norms support equal opportunity for both sexes, a new study has claimed.

Cultural tightness 'may prevent emergence of women leaders'

March 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Washington, Mar 9 (ANI): Countries that more strictly uphold their cultural norms are less likely to promote women as leaders unless those norms support equal opportunity for both sexes, a new study has claimed.

Zebra's stripes help it to stave off horseflies

February 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Washington, Feb 10 (ANI): The stripes on a Zebra are useful to the animal as they help to keep blood-sucking insects at bay, says a new study.

Nokia to cut 4000 jobs as smartphones manufacturing moves to Asia

February 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

London, Feb 9 (ANI): One of the world's largest mobile phone makers, Nokia, is planning to cut 4000 factory jobs in Europe as it shifts the assembly of smartphones to Asia.

Nokia to cut 4000 jobs as smartphones manufacturing moves to Asia

February 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

London, Feb 9 (ANI): One of the world's largest mobile phone makers, Nokia, is planning to cut 4000 factory jobs in Europe as it shifts the assembly of smartphones to Asia.

Banks endured painful spa treatment to avoid 'embarrassment'

January 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Washington, Jan 26 (ANI): Elizabeth Banks has revealed that she once had a bizarre spa experience in Hungary, where she was beaten repeatedly with a branch of palm leaves.

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