Isten Hozott to Hungary

Hungary is a moderately sized country located in the Carpathian Basin, just 2 to 3 flight hours away from other European Union cities. Due to the country’s membership in the EU, its stunning natural landscapes, and recreational opportunities it is counted among top travel destinations for European citizens.

Affordable prices

Hungary is one of the most affordable countries in the European Union when it comes to accommodation, transportation, and food expenses.

Healthy recreation

There are popular ski resorts just 2 to 3 driving hours away, in Austria and Slovakia. Also, Hungary has the longest hiking trail in Europe, the National Blue Trail.

Food culture

Food culture is important in Hungary. The most favored local specialties are the goulash soup, dobos torte, langos and many varieties of paprika.

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Key Facts

Hungary was founded in 895, which makes it one of the oldest countries in Europe, older than France and Germany. It is also one of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world. While the country is landlocked, it is home to Balaton — the largest lake in Central Europe — and Lake Hévíz, which is the largest European thermal lake.

9.8 mln

Population

Budapest

Capital

Roman Catholic

Dominant religion

Hungarian

Official language

Hungarian forint / HUF

Currency

Taxes

15%

Income tax

18.5%

Social security contribution

27%

VAT

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Extra compensation of about $120 per month for everyone associated with reduced taxing. The compensation can be spent of nursery, kindergarten, meals, accommodation, or recreation.

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Culture

Hungary is famed for its Romanesque architecture, Baroque towns, Renaissance-style theater, good old wines, and profound musical heritage, from Frans Liszt Rhapsodies to Roma music and classical jazz. Once a nomadic people, Hungarians still have the csikós — the country’s very own brand of cowboys, which can be seen patrolling the vast steppes of the region.

Climate and Nature

Located in the Carpathian Basin, Hungary is a lowland region of steppes and prairies with lots of greenery, forests and rivers. The mighty Danube river, which once served as a frontier for the Roman Empire, divides the country in two almost equal halves.

Thanks to its location, Hungary enjoys four distinct seasons in the course of the year with cold, humid winters, warm to hot summers and mild springs and autumns. The shoulder seasons bring a bit more rain than usual, but are most pleasant overall.

22°C

Average summer temperature

0°C

Average winter temperature

295

Average № of clear days per year

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Healthcare

Hungary can boast a Western-standard quality of medical services. Public healthcare is managed by the National Health Insurance Fund and entails no additional costs for employees of Hungarian organizations. The waiting times for the public sector are slightly lower and appointments have to be scheduled in advance.  

The private sector offers less bureaucracy and often better equipment. Most of the expats coming to Hungary opt for private healthcare, and even the locals prefer it when it comes to dental services. 

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Travel Medical Insurance for the employee and their family. EPAMers and working relatives are eligible for public healthcare. Private health insurance is provided to EPAM employees and can be extended to family members.

Education

Kindergartens

Hungary has both state-funded and private kindergartens. Children go to a kindergarten between 3 and 6 years. They spend most of the day playing. Parents can enroll their kid for additional courses, such as music or foreign languages. In their last kindergarten year, children are prepared for attending elementary school.

Most public kindergartens offer tuition in Hungarian. In Budapest, there is a number of international kindergartens offering tuition in English.

Schools

The primary education cycle consists of 4, 6 or 8 years, where 8 years is the most popular option. All children start their primary school at the age of 6 or 7 years. After the first 4 years, they can decide whether to stay or transfer to a grammar school. This same opportunity is offered to them after 6 years of primary education.

Secondary education usually lasts for 4 years. However, it may also last for 6 or 8 years, depending on the age at which the child left primary school.

Foreign students can be assigned either to a same-age class or to a class one or two years below their age. This way, they get an opportunity to learn Hungarian before they have to study new material.

There is a number of international private schools offering tuition in English, German or French languages. Most of them are located in Budapest.

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