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Author: Szilvia Fazekas

How would you like the new Budapest Metro line M2?

If the plans of connecting Line M2 with the Suburban Railway can be successfully implemented, you will be able to travel from Budapest-Déli Railway Terminal to Rákoskersztúr without change, Szeretlek Magyarország.hu writes. As the Public Procurement Authority reports, FŐMTERV Civil Engineering Design Pte. Ltd won the open tender of five million forints launched for the connection of metro line M2 with the Suburban Railway of Gödöllő, and for the development of its Rákoskeresztúr metro branch line. Now, the task of FŐMTERV is to supervise its own feasibility study and to complete it with the missing feasibility studies of the...

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Why 22 January is so important for Hungarians?

(MTI) – The main attraction of the Hungarian Culture Days will be the Hungarian National Anthem (Himnusz). On its 194th birthday, several cultural programmes are awaiting visitors all over the country. The Hungarian culture has been celebrated since 1989 on 22 January. According to Ferenc Kölcsey famous Hungarian poet’s manuscript, he finished Himnusz this day in 1823, Magyar Kurír writes. The poem was first published with the title From the stormy centuries of the Hungarian people in Károly Kisfaludy’s Aurora. With the title Himnusz, it was published in 1832 in Kölcsey’s first volume. It is interesting to note that...

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Tens of thousands of forints for sublease in Hungarian university towns

What to expect if you want to rent a flat in a Hungarian university town? The good news is, according to Eduline.hu, that they are remarkably cheaper than in the capital. Eduline went through the advertisements of Szeged, Győr, Debrecen and Budapest. Rental fees in Győr In Győr, you can find a 30-40-square meter flat for about 50-60 000 forints (~200 euros). However, if you want to rent a similar one in the centre, the price could increase to 90-100 000 forints (~330 euros)per month, Eduline.hu states. The prices in Szeged According to Eduline.hu, a normal-condition flat for one...

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French students robbed in Budapest – VIDEO

The Budapest Police Headquarters reported that investigation had been being conducted against a 23 and a 21-year-old man suspected on robbery. The two men were going by car in the 7th district of Budapest in Dob street, and when they arrived to a group of five French students, they stopped and accosted them. They pretended to be police officers and as if they presented their police card. Following this, one of the offenders came up to one of the girls in the group and tried to take her bag, but the girl did not let it. A man tried to...

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Hungarians also attend Trump’s inauguration ceremony

MNO reported that the series of inauguration ceremony of the forty-fifth US President has begun; and two Hungarians are attending it for sure. The event started with a triumphal handshake, it continued with a concert, and on Friday, the inauguration itself takes place followed by a procession. Sándor Szenczy, President of the Hungarian Baptist Aid, and Béla Szilágyi Vice President were officially invited to all the four events. They both have been living in the American capital for more than a year, where they work on the establishment of a global charity service called Baptist Respond 24, MNO writes, and they...

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Norwegian village through Hungarian eyes

What can a Hungarian family do in a Norwegian village, lying in a territory that is as large as the one-third of the Hungarian Fejér County and having a thousand inhabitants? Based on their blog posts on Határátkelő, you can learn how they find Norwegian life. The beginning of a Norwegian life Tamás, his wife, and their son, Barnabás, are living in Eidfjord. The beginning was not easy for them, because at that time their English and their Norwegian were quite poor. Moreover, getting a job in a village, especially if you are an immigrant, is not easy at all. Tamás...

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Major ownership of Sziget sold

Forbes.hu reported that a British-American investment company called Providence Equity Partners had become the majority owner of Sziget Festival. The company will help improving the festivals of Sziget with strategic investments. Although the Hungarian owners sold the majority (70%) of their ownership to Providence Equity Partners, which purchased it through Edition Capital, the current owners kept 30%, that is, the management remains under Zoltán Fülöp, Norbert Lobenwein and Gábor Takács and Károly Gerendai, who repurchased his ownership before the transaction. Forbes.hu added that both Edition Capital and Providence Equity Partners had had investments in the media and entertainment industry before....

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Father Placid dies at age 101

Magyar Kurír reported the sad news of Father Placid’s death at age 101. The Benedictine monk returned to Heavenly Father on 15. January 2016. Károly Olofsson (Placid Olofsson) was born on 23. December 1916. in Rákosszentmihály (now part of Budapest). His father, Gusztáv Olofsson was a secondary school teacher in Budapest. Her mother, Jusztina Reihardt was born to a Swabian family. The young Olofsson spent his childhood in Rákosszentmihály. The family moved to the capital in 1926. He completed his secondary school studies in the Benedictine Secondary School. At that time, the scouting spirit of his school heavily influenced him, and...

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Large housing estate development project has been launched in Budapest

(Portfolio) – With the final building permit and a reliable building contractor, one of the largest housing estate developments, the Allure Residence Budapest was launched in the 9th district. One of the largest housing estate developments called Allure Residence Budapest is progressing rapidly in the capital, Potfolio.hu reports. The programme was launched in 2016, and since then, the construction plans have been approved, the appropriate building contractor had been chosen and the sales had started, too. When planning the homes, special attention was paid to build sunny and easy-to-furnish apartments. Another important key factor that contributed to the successful sales is...

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Watch BBC’s amazing video about drift ice on Danube

Watch BBC’s amazing video about drift ice on the Hungarian Danube river.  A drone flew over Danube in Budapest and captured beautiful records about pieces of broken ice as they are drifting down the Danube.   As BBC reports, other European countries, like Turkey and Greece, have also experienced unexpected snow. Related article: THE RARE VIEW OF THE FROZEN DANUBE IN BUDAPEST – PHOTOS OF TAMÁS RIZSAVI Copy editor:...

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Veteran American soldier currently living his life in Budapest

Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Panama, and now, Budapest. The journalists of Szeretlek Magyarország talked to a veteran American soldier, Gordon, who really knows what it means to be alive, and who considers the Hungarian capital one of his homes. Here you can read the interview with Gordon by Szeretlek Magyarország. As Szeretlek Magyarország writes, the fourty-eight-year-old veteran soldier lives in Toronto, but he often visits Europe, mainly Germany, where he has a music studio, and Budapest which he considers one of his hometowns. According to the journalists, you could see from his look and feel from his speech that he...

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Labour shortage at Hungarian public transportation

According to 444.hu, shortage of tram drivers to be a growing concern at Budapest Transport Plc. (BKV), and the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) also have to face with labour shortage As 444 writes, the Hungarian public transport company launches a campaign again to invite people to tram driver trainings, so as to respond to the lack of tram drivers. The company not only should replace employees retiring in every two or three months, but they also need new ones due to increasing needs for public transport. 444 has not received any answer from the transport company for the question of how many drivers are...

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Decline in the number of abortions in Hungary

According to daily Magyar Nemzet, in the recent six years, the numbers of abortions have been declining in Hungary; still, tens of thousands of such operations are performed every year. Some women change their mind and choose to give up their babies for adoption. Many childless couples would like to have a baby in Hungary, currently, they have to wait for years for an adoption. The figures make it clear that in 2015, 31 176 procured abortions happened in Hungary, which is a decline of 23% as opposed to the indicators of 2010. In the first quarter of 2016, the...

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