About Hungary

Playing a fascinating role in European history, Hungary possesses idyllic scenery dotted with castles perfect for any expat seeking a backdrop of fantastical vistas. The country has a wealth of natural hot springs, renowned for their healing and restorative ability. However, the country also has well-developed urban areas with an affordable cost of living. Be prepared for both warm summers and snowy winters, thanks to Hungary's continental location.

Hungary has been part of the Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has been occupied by Germany and the Soviet Union. This complicated and sometimes tumultuous past is celebrated and commemorated in different ways throughout the country, from museums documenting life under Nazi and Soviet rule to castles and palaces celebrating Hungary's roots.

The combined influence of the Roman and Ottoman rule has resulted in 'bath' culture becoming strongly entrenched in the country, with spas and Turkish baths at (almost) every turn, making it easy for residents to unwind after a long day of work. The country also has large rural spaces, with forest covered hills that are perfect for nature-lovers.

The capital city of Budapest is home to a third of the country's population. With Buda to the west and Pest to the east, the city is divided by the Danube river, which flows through the middle. The city's economy is developing at a fast rate and is home to many large multinationals, with notable big names in the finance and biotech sectors, which is good news for expats looking for a job in Budapest.

Hungary became one of many countries to join the EU in 2004, making it relatively straightforward regarding formalities for fellow EU citizens to move to.