Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
Summers are hot and dry and winters are cold in Hungary. Temperatures in the summer are usually around 20ºC to 25ºC and 0ºC in winter, which can sometimes be considerably lower.
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Hungary is a central European country, situated between Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine. Hungary is a member of the European Union. It functions as a democratic parliamentary representative republic. The prime minister is the head of government of a pluriform multi-party system, while the president is the head of state and holds a largely ceremonial position.
The Hungarian Florin (HUF) is the currency of Hungary. It is good practice to tip around 10%.
98% of the population speaks Hungarian. Here are some useful words: "Kérem" = please; "Köszönöm szépen" = thank you very much; "Bocsánat!" = sorry.
Be on time. Punctuality is seen as extremely important. The social part of life is very important, so be prepared to be invited to dinners and cultural events.
Do not be vague, Hungarians like straight-talking people who say what they think and who look into their eyes. If offering flowers, always choose an odd number, but not 13, which is considered bad luck. Do not offer lilies, chrysanthemums or red roses.
Opt for a conservative and formal look for business meetings. Suit and tie, or the female equivalent will always be the most appropriate option.
When meeting someone for the first time, greet him or her with a handshake. It is considered normal to exchange two kisses on the face among friends. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers to show your appreciation. A bottle of wine may not be the best option as Hungarians are extremely proud of the wines they produce.