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The government has a duty to connect the 2.5 million Hungarians living in diaspora communities to the nation, the state secretary in charge of Hungarian communities abroad said on Saturday after speaking at the autumn general assembly of the Association of Hungarians in Sweden.

Árpád János Potápi, whose visit to Sweden also included the inauguration of a new lecture hall for the Halleberga Youth Centre, told MTI by phone that in his talk, he gave an overview of Hungary’s diaspora policy and thanked the members of the association for their continued support of Hungary and its government.

There are 35,000-40,000 Hungarians living in Sweden and the organisations that support them now have ownership rights there,

Potápi said, adding that this will give them the chance to help future generations with getting to know Hungarian culture.

The state secretariat for Hungarian communities abroad contributed 145 million forints (EUR 439,000) to the expansion and refurbishment of the Halleberga Youth Centre, he said.

Source: MTI

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