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Living in Hungary

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 08, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Hungary is 9.7 million people. The largest cities in Hungary are Budapest (1.7 million people), Debrecen (204,000 people), Miskolc (172,000 people), Szeged (163,000 people), and Pécs (161,000 people). Expats love living in Hungary for its rich culture, beautiful architecture, and vibrant nightlife. People describe life in Hungary as relaxed and laid-back, with a strong sense of community. Popular foods in Hungary include goulash, paprikash, and langos. The cons of living in Hungary include the language barrier, the lack of job opportunities, and the high cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. This includes rent, utilities, food, transportation, and entertainment.

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What do I need to know about living in Hungary?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hungary, they said:

"Come with an open mind, there are problems of varying sorts throughout the world. Life is what you make of it, what you demand. We personally find it healthy and quite, much the opposite from where we came from.," wrote one member in Tarnazsadany.

"Expats considering retiring in Hungary should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in other European countries. It is important to research the healthcare system and the availability of medical services in the area they plan to live in. Expats should also familiarize themselves with the local language, as English is not widely spoken in Hungary. Additionally, it is important to understand the tax system and the regulations for obtaining a residence permit. Finally, expats should research the cultural norms and customs of Hungary to ensure a smooth transition into their new home," remarked one expat who made the move to Hungary.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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