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Hungarians continue protest over harsh labour law  Aljazeera.com

Opposition parties and civil society groups are challenging the government's recent labour law, which allows companies to demand up to 400 hours of overtime ...

Aljazeera.com
Hungary Unions Hold Nationwide Anti-Orban Rallies on ‘Slave Law’  Bloomberg

Hungarians staged nationwide protests and threatened the first general strike since the end of communism to pressure Prime Minister Viktor Orban into ...

Bloomberg
Union holds two-hour warning strike at Audi plant in Hungary  New Jersey Herald

Some 4000 workers held a warning strike at Audi's manufacturing plant in Hungary, demanding higher wages and other benefits from the German carmaker.

New Jersey Herald
How the EU Plans to Punish Hungary and Poland  Bloomberg

The governments of Poland and Hungary, accused of disrespecting the rule of law, have a powerful motive to wish populist parties a victory in this year's ...

Bloomberg
Hungary Finally Has an Opposition Worth a Damn  Foreign Policy

BUDAPEST, Hungary—Last April, in the third straight national election, the right-wing nationalist Fidesz party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban trounced ...

Foreign Policy
Nationwide protests against reformed labor-law staged in Hungary - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

BUDAPEST, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Demonstrations against the reformed labor-law, dubbed "slave-law", took place nationwide in Hungary on Saturday, drawing ...

Xinhua
Hungarian Jews split over search for Holocaust victims' remains in Danube  Haaretz

Hungary's largest Jewish organization on Thursday asked Israeli and Hungarian authorities to suspend a search for the remains of Holocaust victims in the ...

Haaretz
Hungary’s Workers Are the Victims of a Policy That Limits Migration  The Atlantic

Widespread opposition to a new law aiming to manage the country's labor shortage—while keeping migrant workers out—shows there might be limits to far-right ...

The Atlantic
Hungarians Fume as Statue of Former Leader Is Downgraded  The New York Times

Imre Nagy, the communist prime minister executed for rebelling against the Soviet Union, is a hero to many in Hungary — but not to its far-right government.

The New York Times
Hungary’s Jews divided over Danube search for Holocaust victims  The Irish Times

Israeli divers use cameras and sonar to look for remains of Jews killed in Budapest.

The Irish Times
Football Leaks: 'Suspected hacker' detained in Hungary  BBC News

Portuguese police say a man has been detained in Hungary and media reports suggest he is a suspect in the hacking of documents from football clubs.

BBC News
The Why of Hungary’s Plight  The New York Times

A reader points to the lasting impact of a treaty signed nearly 100 years ago.

The New York Times
What Is Hungary’s ‘Slave Law,’ and Why Has It Provoked Opposition?  The New York Times

Viktor Orban's government has faced a united opposition and unusually sustained street protests after it increased the cap for overtime to 400 hours a year.

The New York Times
Hungary's Vulnerability to Cyber-Attacks Up  Hungary Today

Hungary's vulnerability to cyber-attacks increased in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the third quarter, according to a report by Moscow-based company ...

Hungary Today
Protesting ‘Slave Law,’ Thousands Take to Streets in Hungary  The New York Times

A law compelling people to work hundreds of hours of overtime without full or immediate compensation has created a new, and diverse, set of protesters.

The New York Times
Hungarian Jews split about Danube search for Holocaust victims  Reuters

Hungary's largest Jewish organization on Thursday asked Israeli and Hungarian authorities to suspend a search for the remains of Holocaust victims in the ...

Reuters
Hungarian Audi Workers Earn the Least in Region, Inciting Strike  Hungary Today

Audi Hungaria Independent Trade Union (AHFSZ) announced a two-hour warning strike scheduled for Friday morning after unanimously rejecting Audi ...

Hungary Today
Hungary's new 'slave law' risks first general strike since the fall of communism  CNBC

Hungary's Viktor Orban is facing a fierce wave of protests, after his nationalist administration pushed through new labor measures.

CNBC
Eszter Palagyi: The chef driving Hungary's food revolution  CNN

Hungary is known for its traditional hearty food more than cutting-edge dishes, but Eszter Palagyi leads a new wave of chefs who are leading a culinary ...

CNN
Hungary Sheltered a Fugitive Prime Minister. Did It Help Him Escape?  The New York Times

After a former Macedonian prime minister jumped bail and ended up in Hungary, the far-right Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, was accused of helping ...

The New York Times
Bullet Hole Markers at the Ministry of Agriculture Building  Atlas Obscura

In one of the most tourist-heavy sections of Budapest, a memorial to one of Hungary's greatest national tragedies could easily go unnoticed.

Atlas Obscura
Unicum: The extraordinary history of Hungary's national drink  CNN

Produced by Budapest-based beverage company Zwack, Unicum is a herbal liqueur made from a secret recipe. Discover Hungary's national drink and its ...

CNN
Jewish Media Doubts Hungary Anti-Soros Push Work of Netanyahu-Linked Consultants  Sputnik International

In late September, an international fund started by Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros filed a lawsuit to the European Court of Human Rights and ...

Sputnik International
Hungary choose their first six A Dal semifinalists  ESCXTRA.com

Hungary saw their first A Dal heat taking place tonight. A total of six acts qualified for the next round: the semifinal.

ESCXTRA.com
Legendary Chocolatiers Leave War-Torn Syria For Hungary  NPR

The Ghraoui chocolate shop in Damascus was a place fit for queens — literally. But in 2015, the family that owned it moved from war-torn Syria to Hungary, ...

NPR
Homeless suffer as winter makes harsh Hungarian law harsher  Aljazeera.com

Last year, Hungary made homelessness a criminal offence, leading to action against people living on the streets.

Aljazeera.com
How Viktor Orban degraded Hungary's weak democracy  The Conversation - US

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society.

The Conversation - US
On the Surface, Hungary Is a Democracy. But What Lies Underneath?  The New York Times

Hungary has the trappings of a 21st-century European democracy, but uses its devices to exert the same kind of control as the autocracies of the Cold War.

The New York Times
Hacker behind 'Football Leaks' arrested in Hungary  ZDNet

Hacker is a 30-year-old Portuguese man. Police haven't released his name, but several news outlets claim he's named Rui Pinto, a man they've identified and ...

ZDNet
Hungary 'slave law': Thousands protest in Budapest  Euronews English

New protests took place in Budapest on Friday night as Hungarians continue to oppose prime minister Viktor Orban's controversial 'slave law'

Euronews English
The secrets and symbols of Hungary's Parliament building  CNN

Set on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary's Parliament building stuns travelers with its architecture. Find out the secrets and symbols it holds.

CNN
Is Hungary becoming a rogue state in the center of Europe?  Brookings Institution

Most of the international criticism directed at Hungary over the past nine years has focused on domestic indicators such as the rule of law, separation of powers ...

Brookings Institution
How a Hungarian community center became an 'enemy of the state'  CNN

A Budapest community center is fighting for survival amid strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban's crackdown on civil society.

CNN
Israelis to scour Danube for Holocaust remains with Hungary's help  Reuters

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - An Israeli recovery team will search Hungary's Danube river for remains of Holocaust victims, with Hungarian permission and assistance, ...

Reuters
Experts pour cold water on Klimt discovery in Hungary  Art Newspaper

The unveiling this week of an Art Nouveau plaster relief, said to have been designed by Gustav Klimt, carried all the hallmarks of an intriguing story of artistic ...

Art Newspaper
Hungary is being led once again down a dangerous nationalistic path  Spectator.co.uk

Norman Stone has already written, with a brilliant blend of humour, understanding and scepticism, histories of the Eastern Front, Turkey, Europe between…

Spectator.co.uk
Alleged Football Leaks Hacker Seeks "Whistleblower" Protection After Arrest In Hungary  Deadspin

Since its inception in 2015, Football Leaks, a website that publishes documents obtained from the hacking of various powerful soccer clubs and organizations, ...

Deadspin
Inside the Hungarian Parliament Building  CNN

The world's most spectacular parliament building, one of Budapest's architectural highlights, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

CNN
A weekend in . . . Budapest, Hungary | Travel  The Times

This is some storage room. I'm standing in the middle of a magnificent, basilica-style chamber with zodiac motifs, saintly images and king-splattered murals ...

The Times
Football Leaks 'whistleblower' arrested in Hungary, Portuguese man's lawyers claim  Ghanasoccernet.com

Gab Marcotti delves into ESPN FC's top 50 most influential people in football, pinpointing No. 16's "John" from Football Leaks. A Portuguese man arrested in ...

Ghanasoccernet.com
Momentum: Suspension of Funding Politically Motivated  Hungary Today

The Hungarian Audit Office (ÁSZ) has suspended state funding for the opposition Momentum Movement due to political pressure, a Momentum official said on ...

Hungary Today
Párbeszéd MEP Launches Movement for Joint Opposition EP Election Campaign  Hungary Today

Párbeszéd MEP Benedek Jávor has launched a movement to promote a broad and strong joint campaign by Hungary's opposition parties for May's European ...

Hungary Today
Leonid Bershidsky: How the EU plans to punish Hungary and Poland  Kyiv Post

The governments of Poland and Hungary, accused of disrespecting the rule of law, have a powerful motive to wish populist parties a victory in this year's ...

Kyiv Post
Ernő Rubik: The Cube Represents Man as a Thinking Being  Hungary Today

Without a doubt, Ernő Rubik is one of the most well-known Hungarians of the XXth Century. He hardly ever gives an interview but made an exception for ...

Hungary Today
Watch now: Hungary kicks off with A Dal 2019  esctoday.com

Eurovision news 2018: Hungary is getting ready for the first show of A Dal 2019, starting the country's search for their Eurovision 2019 representative. Eurovision ...

esctoday.com
Hungarian Reform community against search for bones in Danube  Arutz Sheva

'The search and investigation of these bones is unnecessary, and it also damages the dignity and of the dead, Jews and non-Jews alike.'

Arutz Sheva
Hungary's Orban: Bringing Africa's Problems to Europe Will 'Destroy 2,000-year-old Culture'  Breitbart News

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has warned mass migration from Africa would destroy Europe's culture.

Breitbart News
Hungarian-Polish Restaurant Anchor End Is Opening in Portland  Eater Portland

Hungarian pastries and pierogi Benedict are coming to NE Fremont Street this month. Anchor End Eurocafe & Bakery, a new Hungarian and Polish restaurant, ...

Eater Portland
Hungary’s prime minister stole democracy. Hungarians are rising up.  Vox

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has effectively dismantled his country's democracy. His Fidesz party has altered the electoral system to make an ...

Vox
How Hungary’s Viktor Orbán destroyed democracy, and what it means for America  Vox.com

A new kind of authoritarianism is taking root in Europe — and there are warning signs for the US.

Vox.com
Outside Hungary’s State Television: A Protest. On Air: Pigeon Talk.  The New York Times

BUDAPEST — Inside the Hungarian state broadcaster on Monday afternoon, an opposition lawmaker was lying on the floor, surrounded by security guards.

The New York Times
Hungary Creates New Court System, Cementing Leader’s Control of Judiciary  The New York Times

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government will control hiring and promotion of judges in the new courts, which will rule on politically crucial matters like electoral ...

The New York Times
In Hungary, Thousands Of Demonstrators Protest 'Slave Law'  NPR

Protests in the Hungarian capital Budapest have erupted over a controversial overtime law. But government-owned media is keeping the story from being ...

NPR
EU parliament votes to punish Hungary over 'breaches' of core values  BBC News

The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU's core values. Prime Minister ...

BBC News
Orban and His Allies Cement Control of Hungary’s News Media  The New York Times

Hundreds of private outlets were simultaneously donated by their owners to a holding company run by allies of Hungary's far-right prime minister.

The New York Times
George Soros-Founded University Is Forced Out of Hungary  The New York Times

Central European University, founded after the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been forced from its campus in Budapest by the increasingly authoritarian ...

The New York Times
Hungarian workers protest over 'slavery law', students join in  Al Jazeera English

Thousands demonstrate in Budapest against proposed changes to a law seeking rise in maximum overtime hours.

Al Jazeera English
Hungary's 'slave law' passes, sparking protests in parliament and on the streets  CNN

Hungary's parliament was thrown into scenes of turmoil following the vote on the new legislation, with opposition lawmakers sounding air horns and angrily ...

CNN
Hungary president signs controversial 'slave law'  BBC News

The new labour law has prompted days of protest and is opposed by trade unions and the opposition.

BBC News
Hungary Turned Far Right. That’s Meant Millions for Its Opera.  The New York Times

Viktor Orban's government has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the Hungarian State Opera. Now the company is coming to Trump's America.

The New York Times
Hungary's constitution makes street homelessness a crime  CNN

Hungary's constitution now says sleeping on the streets is a crime. The new legislation, which went into effect Monday, bans "habitual residence in a public ...

CNN
The News Is Bad in Hungary  The New York Times

BUDAPEST — If you're wondering what attacks on the news media around the world mean for the future of democracy, it's worth a trip to Budapest. Consider it a ...

The New York Times
American University CEU Kicked Out Of Hungary, Says It Will Move To Vienna  NPR

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Washington Post reporter Griff Witte about how Hungary's president booted an American university from the country.

NPR
University founded by George Soros 'forced out' of Hungary  The Guardian

Central European University plans to move to Vienna next year after moves against it by Hungarian government. Shaun Walker Central and eastern Europe ...

The Guardian
Hungary is thumbing its nose at the U.S. — by following Trump’s cues  The Washington Post

The most embarrassing European foreign policy failure of the Trump administration is unfolding in Budapest.

The Washington Post
Soros-founded university says it has been kicked out of Hungary as an autocrat tightens his grip  The Washington Post

BERLIN — European Union leaders warned that it was a red line and urged Hungary not to cross it. The U.S. ambassador pegged the issue as his top priority.

The Washington Post
Hungary's PM bans gender study at colleges saying 'people are born either male or female'  CNN

"We do not consider it acceptable for us to talk about socially-constructed genders," a spokesman for the prime minister said.

CNN
George Soros-backed university 'forced out' of Hungary  CNN

(CNN) A Budapest-based university founded by billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros said Monday that it has been "forced out" of Hungary in "an ...

CNN
Hungary Protests Ukrainian Military Moves, 'Death List' Of Dual Citizens  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

A diplomatic spat between Hungary and Ukraine has escalated, with Budapest summoning Kyiv's ambassador to protest what it called a "death list" targeting ...

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Diplomats thrown out in Ukraine-Hungary passport row  BBC News

Ukraine and Hungary are expelling diplomats from each other's nations in a row over Budapest issuing Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens. Ukraine gave ...

BBC News
Hungary Boosts Gold Reserves 10-Fold, Citing Safety Concerns  Bloomberg

Hungary's central bank increased its gold reserves 10-fold, citing the need to improve its holdings' safety, joining regional peers with relatively high ownership in ...

Bloomberg
'Dark day for freedom': Soros-affiliated university quits Hungary  The Guardian

Central European University is first major university to be pushed out of an EU country.

The Guardian
Hungary complains Brexit will leave it outnumbered in EU  The Guardian

Foreign minister Péter Szijjártó says Britain brought 'common sense' to debate on migration.

The Guardian
Hungary’s Leader Was Shunned by Obama, but Has a Friend in Trump  The New York Times

Prime Minister Viktor Orban joins a growing roster of right-wing or euroskeptic leaders in Europe to have secured President Trump's backing.

The New York Times
Hungary's homeless fear they are Viktor Orbán's next target  The Guardian

Many countries have struggled to deal with the issue of homelessness but Hungary may be the first to put a constitutional ban on living on the streets. From next ...

The Guardian
In Orban’s Hungary, a Glimpse of Europe’s Demise  The Wall Street Journal

Onetime dissident cozies up to Putin, betting that the post-Cold War era of liberal democracy is doomed. Among the economic and political implications: ...

The Wall Street Journal
Macedonia ex-PM Nikola Gruevski 'seeks asylum in Hungary'  BBC News

Macedonia's former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has reportedly fled to Hungary after failing to show up to begin a two-year prison sentence. In a Facebook ...

BBC News
Shadow, and Support, of Government Follows Hungarian Opera  The New York Times

The Hungarian State Opera and its National Ballet are here for two weeks at a time when Hungary's government is leaning in an autocratic direction.

The New York Times
Amid illiberal revolution in Hungary, a university with U.S. roots fights to stay  The Washington Post

BUDAPEST — Next week, 1,500 students from more than 100 countries will converge in the heart of this regal city on the Danube to prepare for classes at a ...

The Washington Post
Hungarian PM vows to continue battle with EU over migration  The Guardian

Hungary has said it will resist any EU-wide attempt to strip it of its right to protect its borders and will fight to overturn the pro-migration policies of the centre-right ...

The Guardian
Hungary’s Orban Welcomes Fugitive Autocrat as He Tilts Away From West  The Wall Street Journal

Hungary granted asylum this week to the Russia-leaning ex-leader of Macedonia, in a sign of the country's eastward tilt and the challenge the European Union ...

The Wall Street Journal
Macedonia's fugitive former PM seeks asylum in Hungary  The Guardian

Hungarian authorities are considering an asylum request from Nikola Gruevski, the fugitive former prime minister of Macedonia, in a case that will be closely ...

The Guardian
Hungary’s first black MP aims to 'destroy prejudice'  BBC News

Hungary has a reputation for anti-immigration politics, but a young black liberal MP wants to revamp the country's image. Olivio Kocsis-Cake, of the opposition ...

BBC News
Prejudice and Pride in Hungary: Inside the Far Right  Aljazeera.com

Hungary was the first country to close its borders when around one million refugees arrived on European soil in 2015. The country's far-right Fidesz party swiftly ...

Aljazeera.com
State control over academic freedom in Hungary threatens all universities  The Guardian

The Hungarian government's clampdown on gender studies and research into migration sets a dangerous precedent.

The Guardian
Orban Tightens Grip Over Hungarian Courts After Chaotic Vote  Bloomberg

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's long march toward one-man rule in the heart of the European Union hit a new milestone.

Bloomberg
Hungary bans gender studies because it is 'an ideology not a science'  Fox News

Hungary's populist government has banned gender studies degrees citing low enrollment numbers that waste taxpayer money and because it is “an ideology ...

Fox News
Hungary’s Anti-NGO Tax Law Violates Free Speech and Freedom of Association  Open Society Foundations

The Venice Commission, Europe's leading body of legal experts on democracy and the rule of law, has called on Hungary to repeal a 25 percent tax on NGOs ...

Open Society Foundations
Hungary passes 'Stop Soros' law banning help for migrants  BBC News

Under the new so-called "Stop Soros" law, anyone who helps asylum seekers faces a year in jail.

BBC News
Hungary Intentionally Denying Food To Asylum-Seekers, Watchdog Groups Say  NPR

Would-be refugees who have appealed their asylum claims in Hungary have been systematically deprived of food, observers say. The European Court of ...

NPR
Hungary court acquits 'morally incorrect' journalist who kicked refugees  The Guardian

Supreme court rules Petra László was incorrectly charged over 2015 incident on Serbian border.

The Guardian
Deadline ends for Hungary, Soros-funded university to reach deal  Al Jazeera English

Alarm raised over academic freedom as CEU looks to relocate having failed to settle legal disputes with Hungary.

Al Jazeera English
Hungarian officials are out to get Gender Studies. That's our field and they're wrong.  USA TODAY

Gender Studies is highly scrutinized by well-meaning scholars and skeptics who reduce it to a caricature. There's a lot of pressure to get it right.

USA TODAY
Hungary Pulls Out of U.N. Global Migration Agreement  The New York Times

Hungary pulled out of a United Nations global agreement on migration on Wednesday, citing security concerns, just days after the accord was reached.

The New York Times
Hungary's hypocritical war on universities  EUobserver

The full-scale war on academia and critical and independent thinking and the longstanding attacks on the rule of law shows that it's time for the EPP to move ...

EUobserver
'High treason': Hungary, Ukraine in dispute over language laws  Al Jazeera English

Ukraine is investigating ethnic Hungarians for possible 'high treason' for reciting oaths to Hungary.

Al Jazeera English
Hungary Has A Xenophobia Problem : Parallels  NPR

Just 10 percent of Hungarians polled say they feel totally comfortable making friends with an immigrant. In a survey, Hungarians even rejected a group that ...

NPR
Gloom in the newsroom as Hungary's independent media recedes  Reuters

The new owners of the largest independent news outlet in Hungary say they will not meddle in its editorial policies. Reporters at Index.hu are far from sure, and ...

Reuters
Huge pro-government media conglomerate formed in Hungary  The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The owners of a vast majority of Hungary's pro-government media outlets said Wednesday they are donating their companies to a ...

The Associated Press
Hungary is making a mockery of ‘EU values’. It’s time to kick it out  The Guardian

Criminalising help for refugees is a sign of Viktor Orbán's growing authoritarianism. Europe cannot afford to ignore it, says Guardian columnism Owen Jones.

The Guardian
 

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Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország [ˈmɒɟɒrorsaːɡ] (listen)) is a country in Central Europe. Spanning 93,030 square kilometres (35,920 sq mi) in the Carpathian Basin, it borders Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, and Slovenia to the west. With about 10 million inhabitants, Hungary is a medium-sized member state of the European Union. The official language is Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken Uralic language in the world. Hungary's capital and its largest city and metropolis is Budapest. Other major urban areas include Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs and Győr.The territory of modern Hungary was for centuries inhabited by a succession of peoples, including Celts, Romans, Germanic tribes, Huns, West Slavs and the Avars. The foundations of the Hungarian state was established in the late ninth century AD by the Hungarian grand prince Árpád following the conquest of the Carpathian Basin. His great-grandson Stephen I ascended the throne in 1000, converting his realm to a Christian kingdom. By the 12th century, Hungary became a regional power, reaching its cultural and political height in the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526, Hungary was partially occupied by the Ottoman Empire (1541–1699). It came under Habsburg rule at the turn of the 18th century, and later joined Austria to form the Austro–Hungarian Empire, a major European power.The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed after World War I, and the subsequent Treaty of Trianon established Hungary's current borders, resulting in the loss of 71% of its territory, 58% of its population, and 32% of ethnic Hungarians. Following the tumultuous interwar period, Hungary joined the Axis Powers in World War II, suffering significant damage and casualties. Hungary became a satellite state of the Soviet Union, which contributed to the establishment of a socialist republic spanning four decades (1949–1989). The country gained widespread international attention as a result of its 1956 revolution and the seminal opening of its previously-restricted border with Austria in 1989, which accelerated the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. On 23 October 1989, Hungary became a democratic parliamentary republic.In the 21st century, Hungary is a middle power and has the world's 57th largest economy by nominal GDP, as well as the 58th largest by PPP, out of 191 countries measured by IMF. As a substantial actor in several industrial and technological sectors, it is the world's 35th largest exporter and 34th largest importer of goods. Hungary is an OECD high-income economy with a very high standard of living. It keeps up a social security and universal health care system, and a tuition-free university education. Hungary performs well in international rankings: it is 20th in quality of life, 24th in the Good Country Index, 28th in inequality-adjusted human development, 32nd in the Social Progress Index, 33rd in the Global Innovation Index and ranks as the 15th safest country in the world.Hungary joined the European Union in 2004 and has been part of the Schengen Area since 2007. Hungary is a member of the United Nations, NATO, WTO, World Bank, the AIIB, the Council of Europe, the Visegrád Group and more. Well known for its rich cultural history, Hungary has contributed significantly to arts, music, literature, sports and science and technology. Hungary is the 11th most popular country as a tourist destination in Europe, attracting 14.3 million international tourists in 2015. It is home to the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world, the largest lake in Central Europe and the largest natural grasslands in Europe.