Hungarians have least debt relative to income in Europe: survey

A credit to the country

Hungarians have the lowest amounts of debt relative to their incomes in a European comparison but many still experience difficulty in paying their bills, according to a fresh survey by receivables…

18 March 2020 - 10:03 a.m.

Rijeka, Galway host European Capitals of Culture 2020

Coasts are clear for big year

This year's two European Capitals of Culture are both coastal towns: the Croatian port of Rijeka alongside the Adriatic Sea and the Irish harbour Galway in the west of the country where the River…

19 March 2020 - 08:03 a.m.

Liszt Restaurant, Aria Hotel Budapest

Spiced up with music

"If music be the food of love, play on." One of William Shakespeare's most famous lines has been adopted as a catchphrase at Aria Hotel Budapest, and we will soon find out why. Theatregoers hungering…

12 March 2020 - 07:03 a.m.

A nuts-and-bolts guide to overlooked Kharkiv

Tourism ready to take off in Ukraine's east

It was a real pleasure to finally visit Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, albeit at a weekend glance. Since this January it has finally become possible to fly there low-cost from Budapest, thus…

02 March 2020 - 07:03 a.m.

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