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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Hungary. The capital of Hungary is Budapest and its currency is the forint. Where is Hungary? It is located right in middle of Europe, in the Central-Eastern half.
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1. Theres one element of Hungarian cuisine thats present in every kitchen, from Grandmas to that of the countrys first Michelin-starred restaurant: paprika.The Hungarian paprika is a powdered pepper, used to spice up just about every dish -- especially goulash. In Hungary there is no substitute for paprika.
2. Hungarian is just about the most difficult language in the world that uses the Roman alphabet. This has been certified by the British Foreign Office survey. It’s an agglutinative language, which means basically that you stick lots of endings onto words to change their meaning or grammatical function. It belongs to the Uralic family, together with Finnish and Estonian and they are not Indo European languages.
3. The Sziget Festival is the Hungarian for “Island” and is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe. It is held every August in northern Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on Óbudai-sziget (“Old Buda Island”), a leafy 108-hectare island on the Danube.
4. The northernmost holy place of Islam is in Budapest. It’s the burial place of a Turkish dervish, named Gül Baba, who came to Hungary during the Turkish invasion in the 16th century. He was honored as a holy man and after he died in 1541 his tomb in Buda became an Islamic sacred place and a site of pilgrimage. The chapel, built between 1543 and 1548, is one of the few remaining Turkish buildings in Budapest.
5. The word coach derives from the name of the Hungarian town Kocs, where multi-passenger wheeled vehicles first appeared around 1500.
6. Just after the Second World War, the country came under the communist rule and when it tried to rise against the soviet rule in the year 1956, the attempt was crushed by the Red Army. Still, later in 1968, Hungary became the first European nation to gain partial economic freedom; it embraced the concept of free market and decentralization too at a limited level.
7. Hungary came into light when it rose in partnership as Austro-Hungarian Empire during the mid nineteenth century. They ruled over the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, parts of Poland, Romania, Italy, Serbia and Ukraine. But soon after the First World War, Hungary gained existence as an individual free state.
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