Although almost 600 billion HUF (1,700 thousand EUR) support was provided for Hungary from the European Union between 2014 and 2020, some of the towns and cities of the country are still unhappy, despite all the futuristic, modern investments.
HelloVidék reported that the population of Hungary decreased the most in the northern region. More than 12,801 people died just in this area in the first part of 2019, and approximately 22,500 residents had no permanent job. People earned the lowest payment in the country, an average of 295,000 HUF/month (870 EUR). For this and other reasons, more than 37,000 people left this region and moved to other parts of Hungary.
The unhappiest cities in the region are Miskolc and Salgótarján. Although recent statistics revealed that the happiness index of Hungary increased in 2016 and 2017, Hungarians still see themselves as unhappy people.
Behind the unhappiness, many investments have been started in this region to satisfy the needs of the citizens. For example, a new cycle track is being built between Poroszló and Tiszafüred. The last piece of the 273m-long Tisza Bridge has just been installed. The aim of this project is for people to be able to cycle around Lake Tisza once construction is finished.
In November, a leading Japanese manufacturer of car parts announced to make an investment in northeast Hungary. The 13 billion HUF (EUR 39.2m) investment project will create 300 new jobs.
Last but not least, in September, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Hungarian oil and gas company Mol’s polyol plant, its largest domestic investment project located in Tiszaújváros, in north-east Hungary, on Friday. The 1.2 billion EUR investment is the Mol Group’s largest organic investment to date. Addressing the event, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said that the Hungarian government had contributed 131 million euros to the project.