The number of Start “baby bond” accounts with the State Treasury has risen above 190,000 by the end of July, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Tuesday, citing the finance ministry’s deputy state secretary.
András Tállai said Hungarians opened close to 20,000 new accounts this year.
Start accounts have around 68 billion forints (EUR 200m) of savings at the moment, finance ministry data shows.
A 42,500 forint start-of-life subsidy has been available to all Hungarian-born citizens who reside in the country since 2006, but the Treasury took over exclusive management of the baby bonds in the autumn of 2012.
The bonds are also available for Hungarian children living abroad who were born after June 30, 2017.
Parents, grandparents and other relatives can open the Start accounts to make savings for children in the family.
As we wrote a few weeks ago, the rate of population decline increased in the first five months of 2019 after 2.1 percent fewer births and 0.5 percent more deaths were registered compared with the same period last year, details here.