We are happy that you have chosen Hungary as the place of your AFS year and that you are interested in our country, its people, history, culture and the way we think and live. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

In order to help your orientation and preparation for the coming AFS school year, AFS Hungary prepared this site for your information. You will find sections, which give you a brief introduction to our country, its people and a basic vocabulary of our language and some facts that help you during your daily life. Please read it carefully. We hope you will find it helpful. Have a good preparation for this upcoming unique experience and see you soon here in Hungary!

AFS Hungary

Basic Information about Hungary

Hungary is in the geometrical centre of Europe, so Hungarians prefer to think of it as being in the heart of Europe, rather than Eastern Europe. The country is located in the Carpathian Basin surrounded by mountains. Hungary shares its borders with Austria in the west, Slovakia in the north, the Ukraine in the north-east, Romania in the south-east and the former Yugoslavian countries in the south.

The territory of the country is 93,932 square kilometers (35,920 square miles); slightly larger than Austria, but half the size of the US states Oklahoma or Missouri. Hungary is divided into three main regions: the flat land of ”Alföld”, the mountainous ridges of northern Hungary and the hilly terrain of Transdanubia where the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, Lake Balaton is situated. There are two big rivers crossing the country: The Duna (Danube), which is the second largest river in Europe, and the Tisza. Both play an important role in the life of the country, as water way for trade, and as holiday resorts.

Hungary has a dry continental climate. All of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer and autumn) can be found here. Generally there is not too much rain, and the temperature can be extremely cold in the winter, in January -15 Celsius, while in the summer it can rise above 30-35 Celsius.

We advise you to check the weather forecast just before departure, in order to make your packing easier and your stay in Hungary more convenient.

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Hungarians are known to claim that pretty much everyone famous or important has some kind of Hungarian background.

Famous Hungarians

But there are some famous people you might be surprised to know are actually Hungarian. Here are some of the most surprising, but of course there are many others.

Did you know?

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