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To serve the Church among the Slavic nations of the world by assisting it to become fully equipped to fulfil the great commission of Jesus Christ

Hungary

Background

Hungary was part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed in World War I. It fell under communist rule following World War II. A revolt in 1956 and an announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with massive military intervention by Moscow. In the more open Gorbachev years, Hungary led the movement to dissolve the Warsaw Pact and steadily shifted towards multiparty democracy and a market-oriented economy. Following the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Hungary developed close political and economic ties with Western Europe. It became a member of NATO in 1999 and joined the European Union in May 2004.

Location

Central Europe, northwest of Romania

Area

93,030 sq km

Land Boundaries

Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

Natural Resources

Bauxite, coal, natural gas, fertile soils, arable land

Population

10.2 million (2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups

Hungarian 89.9%, Roma 4%, German 2.6%, Serb 2%, Slovak 0.8%, Romanian 0.7%

Religions

Roman Catholic 58%, Hungarian Reformed 18%, Secularists/Atheists 16%, Evangelicals 0.8%

Languages

Hungarian 98.2%, other 1.8%

Capital

Budapest

Industries

Mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles

Agriculture

Wheat, corn, sunflower seed, potatoes, sugar beets, pigs, cattle, poultry, dairy products

Currency

1 forint (Ft) = 100 filler