Recently I have joined a swap on Swapbot, where we needed to write down 5 fun facts about Hungary. I gave it a go, and I found 10 fun facts which I would like to share with you.
- Hungary has borders with itself. In 1920, the Treaty of Trianon cut off a lot of areas from the Great Hungary and gave the areas mostly to Czechoslovak Republic, to Romania and Yugoslavia. More million people were cut off from the Hungarian mainland. Nowadays we can still find a lot of places where Hungarian is spoken as a native language, mostly in Transylvania, Slovakia and Serbia, but there are a lot of native speakers in Austria and Ukraine as well nearby the border.
- Hungary uses one of the most difficult languages in the world, called „magyar”. It’s in the Finnougric language family, same like Finnish. However, there is no similar languages to Hungarian, therefore if you’re interested in it, you should prepare yourself to learn a totally new language. So, lets learn your first Hungarian sentence, which is actually a correct one according to our grammar:
- Budapest, our capital has the oldest metro line of the continental Europe, the Line 1. In the world it’s the 2nd oldest after the London metro. It was opened in 1896. Its stops are amazing and brings you back to the end of the 19th century.
Many thanks for the photos for László Faragó Photography.
- On papers (and when we introducing ourselves), we use our family name firstly, and then our first name. So in Hungary, my name is Punk Dóra.
- The Hungarian parliament building in Budapest was built in 1896 to celebrate Hungary’s millennial birthday. No less than 88 lbs. (40 kg) of solid gold were used in its construction. It has 691 rooms and 12.5 miles (20 km) of stairs, and at 315 feet (96 m) high, it is tied with St. Stephen’s Basilica as the tallest building in Hungary. It is also the 3rd largest parliament building in the world, bested only by London’s Westminster and Romania’s parliament building.
- Hungarian inventions include: the noiseless match (Jànos Irinyi), Rubik’s cube (Ernö Rubik), the krypton electric bulb (Imre Bródy), and the discovery of vitamins B6, riboflavin, and biotin (Paul György). Several other notable inventions were made by Hungarians who fled the country before World War II, including holography (Dennis Gábor), the ballpoint pen (László Bíró), the theory of the hydrogen bomb (Edward Teller), and BASIC programming language (John Kemény and Thomas E. Kurtz).
- Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in A.D. 896, before France, Germany, or England.
- Hungarians refused to clink their glasses, or bottles of beer for a long time. According to legend, when 13 Hungarians generals were executed in Austria, during the Revolution of 1848, Austrians clinked their beer glasses after each execution. Therefore, Hungarians refused to clink glasses as a way to honor the generals’ memory. After 150 years this is over, so nowadays more and more people click their glasses.
- Budapest is the home of Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe and second largest in the world, after one in New York City. It can seat up to 3,000 people.
- Hungarian soccer star Ferenc Puskás still holds the world record for the number of goals scored in a World Cup final, scoring more than even Brazil’s legendary Pelé. Puskas earned the nicknames Left-Foot Magician, Little Cannon, and Galloping Major.
Did you know any of the facts before? What are your country’s fun facts?