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The film adaptation of a world-famous Hungarian novel makes its debut in cinemas – VIDEO

After having its international debut at festivals, The White King, the novel originally written by György Dragomán, is finally to be released in Hungarian cinemas this March, writes hvg.hu. Looking for Eastern European texts, Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel found the work of György Dragomán, The White King, and apparently were quite influenced by it, as they directed their first feature film, an adaptation of the novel. The literary piece follows the life of Dragomán and his family after they fled from Ceausescu’s dictatorship, leaving their home Marosvásárhely behind in the ‘80s. Thus it gives an insight into how a...

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Weather forecast: sunny spring and snowy winter the same week

February is about to end soon, which quite “foreshadows” the image of flowers blooming, trees turning green, birds singing, while the sun is shining. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? You are to get a teaser from that during this week, but don’t get too comfy in the nice weather, for according to the forecast, winter doesn’t seem to leave just yet. HVG.hu shares the weather forecast of the National Weather Service for this week, which promises quite a varying weather. The foggy-turned-sunny-turned-cloudy Monday is followed by a rainy Tuesday with strong winds. The coldest temperature is said to be between -1...

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Foreigners find Hungary a pleasant place for work

Even though Hungarian workers are willing to leave the country for better opportunities, more money, or to just try out themselves in a new environment, nlcafe.hu writes that the foreigners who come to Hungary pretty much love working here. Many people, especially those working away from their home countries, regard it crucially important to find the balance between work and private life. Luckily for them, there are several countries where employers help making it possible to live such a life. To find out which places those are, Business Insider shares the list lining up the Top 13 countries foreign...

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The new vehicles for Volánbusz are in the making

As vg.hu reports, the Ikarus Egyedi Autóbusz Gyártó Kft. has begun the production of the new buses for Volánbusz. The production and mounting are in process already, and soon the vehicles will get painted. Ikarus Kft. was chosen out of four companies to ensure the supply of 180 articulated buses for Volánbusz. They won the procurement thanks to their offer of 15.3 billion HUF, which eventually appeared to be more favourable than the others’. The new Modulo M 168d buses are produced in the factory area of Evoporo Holding Zrt. and will be given to Volánbusz in the second half of...

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Son of Saul just won a BAFTA Award

Son of Saul appears to be quite a favourite film at the award shows, winning several great awards and calling some attention to the Hungarian participants of the film industry. No surprise than that now the British critics named it as the Best Film Not in the English Language at this year’s BAFTA Awards. The work of László Nemes Jeles keeps receiving honourable titles on the international scale, as origo.hu writes that, this time, it was the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) that brought some recognition to Son of Saul, on Sunday (Feb 12). Take a...

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Admiral Horthy’s Gold Train is being reconstructed

24.hu writes that a significant emblem of the Horthy-era is about to become present again, for the Admiral’s Golden Train is being restored from 130 million HUF (over 420 thousand EUR). The Magyar Koronaőrök Egyesülete (Hungarian Crown Guards’ Association) aimed to finish the restoration by 2018, for the 80th anniversary of the Eucharistic World Congress, which was then organised by Hungary. The state took part in the responsibilities and decided to cover some of the costs through the National Museum, which allowed the constructions to begin. Only two of that carriage-type remained usable, one of them was at the Railway Museum on...

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Incredible relics found in a Turkish van

MNO.hu reports that stolen and smuggled relics, worth about 160-200 million HUF, were found in a Turkish van travelling through Hungary. The Hungarian authorities in Bács-Kiskun county gave a statement at a press conference saying that, during a roadside check on September 29, 2016, they arrested a 50-year-old Turkish man, for he was driving a van full of stolen and smuggled relics, which had a value altogether of about 160-200 million HUF (almost 600 thousand EUR). They found out that the driving cab stored 101 relics: 73 bronze items were from the ancient Urartu (today the area of Turkey and, partly, Armenia) among 14...

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The famous Heroes’ Square: now and then

The popular tourist attraction of the Hungarian capital city did not always look like today. Funzine.hu invites us all on a tour, discovering the secrets of buildings and locations in Budapest, starting with the Heroes’ Square. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The construction of the square began at the Millennial celebrations in 1896, but was finished only 10 years later, in 1906. Prior to that, the Gloriett fountain, designed by Miklós Ybl, was the main attraction of the location, providing the same spring-water that can be found in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. Notably, the fountain was kept and...

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One of the most modern radiotherapy centres of Europe in Budapest

Magyaridok.hu reports that the National Institute of Oncology in Budapest will become one of the most modern radiation centres in the continent, as all of the old machines will be replaced, lifting the Hungarian radiotherapy to the upper mid-range standards of Europe. The latest construction-development in the National Institute of Oncology will begin in March and presumably end by the end of the year or the beginning of 2018. Thus, the complete machinery of the radiotherapy department will be replaced by new ones, including the necessary bunkers, as well. Miklós Kásler, professor and Director General of the Institute told the site that...

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How about an English language aviation course in Hungary?

If you’ve been wondering about becoming a pilot, but didn’t really know how to start, what to do, where to go, well then, here is some good news for you: the University of Debrecen started advertising its Professional Pilot training. As turizmusonline.hu writes, the preparation and training of the professors for the courses have already begun, furthermore, the pilot-wannabes will be able to also take those in English at the University of Debrecen in the school year 2017/18. The BSc training will include seven semesters (for 120 thousand USD) and is primarily advertised for foreign students at the Faculty of Engineering and Pharma Flight. András Farkas,...

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The airports of Hungary: records in 2016 and new flights this year

Turizmus.com writes that all three international airports of Hungary closed a great year in 2016 and started 2017 as a rather promising one. Budapest, Debrecen and Sármellék are to welcome new flights this year. Let’s get back a little to the last December, when Budapest Airport welcomed its 11 millionth passenger with whom the number of passengers altogether in 2016 became 11.4 million. This meant an increase of 11% compared to the previous year. Furthermore, new flights became available from Budapest, such as Toronto by Air Canada Rouge, Beijing by Air China, and Seoul by the summer charters of Asiana...

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Hungarian architects protest against the constructing of a tower block

24.hu writes that the not-debated changing of the regulations regarding Budapest’s cityscape allows a 120-metre-high tower block to be built at the Kopaszi dam in Buda. The uniquely beautiful and popular cityscape of Budapest might change, because Property Market, a company of Market Építő plc., plans to greatly change the Lágymányosi bay and the Kopaszi dam: their project called BudaPart would result in the area becoming a 21st century quarter. The first visuals were already released in May 2016. The visuals, made by Adapt, include a tower block of 120 metres to be constructed at the Kopaszi dam and function...

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The Real Csíki Beer lost lawsuit against Heineken

Manufacturers of the Real Csíki Beer seem to have quite hard times, as they lost lawsuit against Heineken and their product became banned in Romania. As 24.hu writes, the Csíkszentsimon-based manufacturers had been in a legal fight with the international company for years. This beer, named after Ciuc (Csík for Hungarians) is present on the Romanian markets and is regarded as a “csíki” beer by the Hungarians in Transylvania. But Heineken registered the “Csíki Prémium” word mark in Romania and purchased the local Ciuc premium (Csíki Prémium) brand. And now index.hu reports that the table court in Romania decided...

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A breath-taking timelapse video of Budapest’s biggest district

Several videos and photos have been taken of Budapest already, but, luckily, people’s interest in the visual representation of the beautiful Hungarian capital city does not seem to lessen. This time you may rest your eyes on this incredibly magical timelapse video giving a tour in Újbuda, created out of 19 thousand photos by Szabolcs Simó. Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes that it took nearly a year and several weeks of post-production for Szabolcs Simó to finalize the footage guiding the audience around the sights, natural heritages, community and sport life of District 11. Watch this spectacular day to night timelapse vid of...

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Good Charlotte is coming to Budapest

Budapest has been quite a significant location for concerts for a long time and luckily it does not really seem to get any worse. It is not only the famous Sziget Festival that allows people to be enchanted by good live music, but the stadium and outside venue gigs are also prominent in the Hungarian capital city. This time it is the American pop punk Good Charlotte who made their Hungary-based fans happy by announcing that they are going to play at the city’s biggest outside venue Budapest Park on June 17. Shortscore.net writes that it is not the...

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Iain Lindsay’s Scottish Budapest – VIDEO

We have shared articles about the British Ambassador to Hungary quite a few times: Iain Lindsay often takes the time to surprise and entertain Hungarians by doing something remarkable related to our culture. Despite being busy with his serious work as the diplomatic representative of the UK in Hungary, Iain Lindsay never stopped to appreciate and celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, shares hvg.hu. Check out Lindsay reading a Hungarian poem for the National Poetry Day Burns was born on January 25, 1759 and became “one of the world’s best-loved and best-known poets”, therefore,...

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Bus crash tragedy in Italy – Heroes of the accident

The tragic bus accident in Italy took away 16 people while 26 were left injured. Index.hu wrote about the heroes of the tragedy, without whom the outcome could have been even worse. According to the Italian police, Index reports, one of the young victims of the horrible bus crash saved the lives of several fellow students. The police found the corpse next to the bus window with a glass-breaking red hammer in his or her hands, which strongly suggests that, until his or her last breath, the victim was trying to help the other students to get out of the burning bus. Along...

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