Hungary is a landlocked, central European state on the River Danube and is about the size of Indiana. The population is 10 million.
87% of the population is Magyar (Hungarian). 33% of all Hungarians live in other countries: 1.8 million in Russia; 1.4 million in the USA; 600,000 in Slovakia; 300,000 in Serbia, and 200,000 in the Ukraine. The literacy rate is 99%. The official language is Hungarian. There are 17 languages spoken in Hungary. Six languages have the entire Bible translated, one has the New Testament, and one has portions of Scripture translated. That leaves nine languages with no portion of Scripture translated.
Average annual income is $15,523 per person, per year which is 33% of the USA average.
Hungary lost 60% of its land area at the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, leaving large Hungarian minorities in surrounding lands. After WWII, the Soviets imposed Communism, not leaving until 1991. The Hungarian uprising against Communism in 1956 brought terrible revenge from the Soviets; 80,000 were killed, wounded or deported, and 200,000 ed to the West. Hungary was the first Communist bloc state to abandon Marxism and institute a multiparty democracy (1990) although most of the leaders were the same ones as under Communism. Corruption and unpopular policies kept any party from gaining conclusive control of parliament, until 2009, when a conservative party gained the two-thirds majority needed to change the legal system and the constitution.
In 1600, Hungary was 90% Protestant. Many reverted to Catholicism during the Counter Reformation and the periods of discrimination that followed. The Communists enforced strict controls on all Christians from 1948-1988, through discrimination and intimidation. In 2000, Hungary celebrated 1,000 years since its conversion to Christianity. Freedom of religion has been in effect since 1990.
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