A Country Guide to Hungary

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Area

93,030 sq. km. (35,919 sq. miles)

Location

Central Europe

Population

10 million (as per estimates of 2006) and Population Density of 107.5 per sq. km.

Capital City

Budapest with a total population of 1.8 million (as per estimates of 2006).

Language

Hungarian (Magyar) is the official and most popular language of Hungary. People in some regions of Hungary are also comfortable with English, German, and French.

Electricity

AC 220 volts, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs (European Style) are commonly used.

Currency

Hungarian Forint (HUF, symbol Ft). 1Ft = 100 fillér

Notes prevalent = Ft200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000

Coins prevalent = Ft1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. A large number of coins in circulation are legal tender.

Currency Exchange

Currency Exchange facility is available at banks, hotels, airports, railway stations, some restaurants, travel agencies, and bureaux de change. Capital Budapest and major tourist centres also have Automated Exchange machines. For more details and exchange rates, travellers are advised to consult their banks.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

Credit/Debit/ATM Cards prevalent = MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Cirrus, and Diners Club. ATMs are also conveniently situated. Several post offices also offer the facility to withdraw cash by credit card.

Traveller's Cheques

Travellers Cheques are also accepted at some stores and banks in Hungary. The travellers are advised to carry travellers’ cheques in major currencies, like US Dollars, or Pounds Sterling, in order to avoid additional exchange rate charges.

Banking Hours

Banks in Hungary function from Monday to Thursday from 0800-1500, and Friday from 0800-1300.

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