Hungary has a continental
climate, with cold, cloudy, humid winters and warm to hot summers. It is
normally not much snow in Budapest, only a couple of days every year. In
the winter the temperature has an average around 0 and -5 C. The spring
comes early, and is followed by a long summer.
For 95% of the population,
the mother language is Hungarian, a Uralic language unrelated to any
neighboring language and distantly related to Finnish and Estonian.
The Hungarian forint, often denoted HUF and abbreviated Ft., is the
official currency of Hungary. The forint was introduced on August 1,
1946 after the currency peng experienced a period of great
hyperinflation in the year before.
population of Hungary was estimated at 10.04 million at the end of
January 2000, a slight decrease compared to the 1990 population of 10.38
million. In 2000 the birth rate was estimated at 9.26 births per 1, 000,
and the death rate was 13.34 deaths per 1, 000.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary,
it serves as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial,
industrial, and transportation centre.