Hungary Facts

Hungary in Europe

Hungary (Magyarország) is a country located in Central Europe. The country’s capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group and the Schengen Agreement. The country is divided into 19 administrative divisions, the counties.

Pápa is a town of 30.000 residents, located in Veszprém county with the capital in Veszprém.

The Language

In Hungary the official language is Hungarian (magyar), which is not an Indo-European, but a Finno-Ugric language. 63% of the adult population of Hungary do not speak any other language apart from Hungarian, however the number of young adults and people living in cities or attractive tourist areas speaking either English or German is higher.

In Pápa, due to strong historical German influence, a considerable number of people speak German and in bigger shops and most of the restaurants you can use English too.

Time-zone, Time, Date

Hungary is in the Central European Time Zone (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Hungary uses Daylight Savings Time (DST), in Europe often referred to as ‘Summer Time’. DST in Hungary starts the last Sunday of March and ends the last Sunday of October.

Time format in Hungary follows the 24-hour system. 8 in the morning is marked as 08:00 or 8:00, while 2 in the afternoon is marked as 14:00.

Date is given as, for example 2020.10.18. or 2020. October 18.


There are four seasons in Hungary. Hungary has a moderate climate. Summers are hot (around 28-30 C) and winters are cold (around 0-5 C), usually with snow.

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