Brain food: Us and them - Hungary

Hungary, the home of goulash, is one of eastern Europe's most open economies, having embraced aspects of the free market while still under Communist rule. It joined the EU on 1 May, and about three-quarters of its exports are now sent there, up from less than a third in 1990. Imports are rising even more rapidly. The private sector accounts for about 80% of Hungary's GDP ($51.9 billion) - one of the highest ratios in the region.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


Hungary's 9.9 million population is the eighth slowest-growing in the world, and there are only 91 men for every 100 women. Its Olympic achievements is high: Hungary is seventh in the world for the number of gold medals won since 1896. And it's winning in the tourist stakes too - the country entertains 15.3 million holidaymakers a year, ahead of both Greece and Portugal.

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