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One of the more confusing things about living abroad is getting your head around a new set of holidays. I was surprised that in Malta, Easter Monday isn’t a national holiday. I was surprised, too, that in Montserrat, 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, is. Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day – all were once key parts of my calendar. In Hungary, I do well to remember 15 March, 1 May, and 23 October.

Szijjarto: Hungary condemns all forms of terrorism

Hungary "unequivocally condemns all forms of terrorism", Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a post on Facebook on Saturday, after a terrorist attack in Israel killed eight and injured dozens on Friday.

S+P downgrades Hungary to BBB-

S+P Global Ratings downgraded Hungary's sovereign rating one notch to BBB- from BBB at a scheduled review on Friday.

Elefsina is smallest, oldest city in history of capitals of culture

The ancient Greek city of Eleusis or Elefsina is fast approaching the long-awaited date of February 4 when festivities will begin to mark its declaration as one of three 2023 European Capitals of Culture along with Timișoara in Romania and Veszprém-Balaton in Hungary. The ...

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Orbán: Hungary’s security comes first

Hungary's security comes first, so Hungary "is not at war with anyone", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview on Friday. Orbán told public radio that the outbreak of the war in Ukraine had coincided with the general election campaign in Hungary, and ...

Jobless rate 3.9 percent in December

Hungary's jobless rate was 3.9 percent in December, up from 3.8 percent in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Friday.

Deaths outpace births in December

Preliminary data show that 7,366 children were born and 11,940 people died in December 2022, with the number of live births decreasing by 5.0 percent and deaths by 13 percent in January 2022-December 2022 compared with the same period a year earlier, the Central ...

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Temperature rises to record high for January 2

The warmest January 2 on record was registered in Fulophaza Hattyus-szek, in central Hungary, on Monday, with the mercury hitting 18.2 C., according to the Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ).

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Egis favipiravir drug licenced for Covid-19 treatment

A new drug with the active ingredient favipiravir manufactured by Hungarian pharmaceutical company Egis has been licenced for treatment of Covid-19 by the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYEI), the institute said on Saturday.

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Orbán: New EU migration pact could force Hungary to welcome migrants

Hungary does not support the new migration and refugee package presented by the European Commission on Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told Reuters newswire on Friday. Under the package, Hungary's commitment to send people back from the southern EU states like Italy or Greece, ...