Hungary is in Central Europe, northwest of Romania. The climate is temperate with cold, cloudy and humid winters and warm summers. The official language is Hungarian. English or German are widely spoken in business circles. Employees of smaller and rural companies often do not speak English, in which case an interpreting service needs to be arranged. It is not expected that foreigners know any Hungarian words. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Hungary is a medium-sized, structurally, politically and institutionally open economy in Central Europe and is part of the European Union's (EU) single market. Like most Eastern European economies, the economy of Hungary experienced market liberalisation in the early 1990s as part of the transition from socialist economy to market economy. In Hungary people tend to use their professional titles as well as with Mr, Mrs or Ms. Hungarians refer to themselves by their surnames followed by their given/first names. Expatriate business dress is formal and smart. The security risk for expatriates in Hungary is low. Risks include street crime (mainly in Budapest) such as pickpockets and scam artists, vehicle theft and burglary as well as Xenophobic behaviour mostly directed at the Roma community. The currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Medical facilities are adequate however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Hungary is 9.8 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.3% for Hungary as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Hungary is a flat rate of 15%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Hungary, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Hungary as at 1 April 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Low Hungary is for example -30.3% cheaper than USA for groceries, -37.5% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 74.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Hungary for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Hungary) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Hungary is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Hungary? Register subscribe to your home location and Hungary and run your personalised reports.