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Pros and Cons of Living in Hungary

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 05, 2022

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Hungary.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Hungary?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Hungary responded:

"We have been living in Budapest Hungary for nearly 5 years and we love it. I was a real estate agent in Toronto Canada but now I am much happier working for foreign investors interested in investing in Hungary. My husband and daughter do not speak Hungarian only English and it is not a problem, Hungarians under the age of 60 do speak English, especially 35 year old's and under. The arts and entertainment is great. There are many farm fresh food markets, many spas and sports activities for relaxation. The lakes and mountains around the country are clean with many cultural, sporting and entertainment activities. There is affordable accommodation for students and seniors. It is affordable and easy to purchase property for those who would like to retire in Hungary. Budapest city is safe with excellent public transportation. It is a very comfortable city to live in, a car is not necessary," explained one expat living in Budapest.

"I'm very happy with what I have at the place I am. I would like to be 20-30 years younger to enjoy it longer," said another in Budapest.

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What do expats in Hungary appreciate most about the local culture?

"The people here have strong family values and very high food quality. As mentioned they patiently line up in cues and are generally very polite and warm. I have not experienced any anti-foreigner sentiment at all. I notice that most workers typically do a good job without requiring heavy supervision," explained one expat.

"Family values, being able to patiently stand in cue, that man and women still can be man and women (as opposed to Dutch culture where everybody is almost forced to be the same), clean streets and well behaved," said another person in Budapest.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"For me the Hungarian language is the most difficult and challenging aspect of living in Hungary. English is widely spoken and understood in most big cities, but there can still be issues with basic communication. Even though I have lived here for a while (I do love it), and I am trying to learn the language (nagyon nehéz - very hard), I often feel a bit lost, especially when trying to communicate with a non-English speaker or trying to read a sign or listen to an announcement when it is only offered in Hungarian. I will keep trying, but that is my biggest challenge," remarked another expat in Hungary.

"Lazy/don't care type attitude like it is no big deal. Like telling kids a day before competition at school they can't go because there is "no bus"! WHAT?," explained one expat living in Budapest.

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About the Author

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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