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Interesting Facts about hungary

  • The official name of the country is Magyarország in Hungarian.
  • Etymology. The name Hungary is probably from Medieval Latin Hungaria, from  the ethnonyms (H)ungarīUngrīUgrī. The addition of an h- is most likely due to early associations with the Huns who had settled Hungary prior to the Avars.The Hungarian name for their people is magyar, from from magyeri, one of the seven major semi-nomad ic Hungarian tribes.  The first element "Magy" is probably from the Proto-Ugric mäńćk, meaning "man, person". A common folk belief is that Magyar was derived Prince Muageris.
  • History. The Hungarians were nomads who probably came to the area from the Ural Mountains. In the 13th century the Mongols destroyed much of the country and half of the population were either killed or enslaved. After the invasion King Béla had a system of stone castles built that repelled further invasions. 
  • Geography.  Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is mostly flat, more than half of it part of the Great Hungarian Plain east of the Danube River. It is slightly smaller than Indiana. The countries of Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine border Hungary.'

  • Sports. Hungary is the most successful nation that has never hosted the summer Olympics. Hungary's Golden Football Team (soccer) was undefeated for 30 matches in a row between 1950 and 1954.

  • Budapest. The capital of Hungary is a mix of the old and the new: Turkish baths and springs, cultural events, children's activities, and good food. 

  • Lake Balaton. Known as the "Hungarian Sea" Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe. It's yellow-green water and the "silky" mud are reported to be "remedies for nervous complaints, anaemia and nervous fatigue."

  • Hortobágy is the largest continuous natural grassland in Europe. The Hortobágy National Park is Hungary's largest protected area.   It is a unique example of the coexistence of people and nature. One of the most spectacular sights is the migration of the cranes in the autumn; tens of thousands of Cranes!  

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics for HUNGARY

Population:

9,939,470 (July 2013 est.)

 

 Life expectancy at birth:

 

total population: 75.24 years 
male: 71.5 years 
female: 79.19 years (2013 est.)

Total fertility rate:

 

1.41 children born/woman (2013 est.)

Religions:

Roman Catholic 51.9%

Calvinist 15.9%

Lutheran 3%

Greek Catholic 2.6%

other Christian 1%

other or unspecified 11.1%

unaffiliated 14.5% (2001 census)

 

Ethnic Groups

Hungarian 92.3%

Roma 1.9%

other or unknown 5.8% (2001 census)

 

 

GDP - per capita (PPP):

 

$20,000 (2012 est.) 

Literacy:

definition: age 15 and over can read and write 
total population: 99% 
male: 99.2% 
female: 98.9% (2011 est.)

 

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)

 

total: 15 years 
male: 15 years 
female: 16 years (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

The inter-country adoption program in Hungary is a small one, but reportedly very straight forward.  It is estimated that more than 22,000 orphaned and abandoned children are in state custody in Hungary.

 

 

 

inter-country adoption of children from hungary 

 

2013 Adoptions: 23 children

Hague Accredited: Yes
Available Children: Many children under 5 years of age have specific medical issues such as orthopedic, hearing, eyesight etc. and some correctable medical surgical issues. Most of the children in sibling groups are toddler age and up. Children live in foster care or orphanages.

Age of Children: 5-15 years.

Ethnicity of Children: Most children are Caucasian Hungarian or Roma ancestry. Children typically have dark hair and eyes with fair to olive complexion.
Family Marital Status: Both married couples and single women may adopt.
TravelFamilies will usually within 4-6 weeks of accepting a referral. Both parents must travel for a trip of 45 days. Parents spend a total of 30 days, 7 hours a day with the child before the adoption can be completed. After about a week the family decides whether to move forward with the adoption process. 
Siblings: Many sibling groups are available.

Parent Qualifications: Singles need to adopt a child 9-10 and up. Hungary strictly enforces the maximum 45 year age difference for at least 1 parent. If the parent is older than 45 they can expect to adopt older children over 5 and up, depending on the age of the parents.

Timeline: The wait for referral is determined by the age and gender of the child requested, and the special needs that the family will consider.

Post Adoption: Hungarian authorities require two post-placement reports: after two months and after one year of the adoption.  Parents should make the reports as detailed as they can and include family photos.

 

We strongly urge you to comply with the requirements established by the Hungarian government and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.  Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process and/or provide you with more specific guidelines.  

 

If your agency is unable to help you with this, or no longer has an active program, the Joint Council on International Services suggests that families in this situation contact them for guidance.

 

In Fall 2006, the following advice was obtained by Karen's Adopiton Links for all families who needed to file their own Post Placement Reports:

  1. Use a Licensed Social Worker to do the Post Placement Report 
  2. Translate report with a Certified Translator. 
  3. Get the Post Placement Report apostilled.
  4. Include 5 pictures
  5. Suggested Sample form 
  6. Send directly by DHL or FedEx to the Minister of Education in the country or region of adoption. 

 

 

 

 

  

Helpful Links

 

Resources below are presented for information purposes only. Unless noted specifically as a FRUA INC group, FRUA INC does not endorse, nor have any connection with the following.

 

FRUA INC Hungary Chat 

Hungarian Adoption Program (Binti)

Hungary Waiting Families (Adoptive Families) 

Hungarian Adoptions (U.S. Department of State)

Hungarian Adoption Forum (Adoption.com)

Hungary (Wikipedia)

Hungary (CIA Factbook)

Hungary (Info Please) 

Karen's Adoption Links

InterCountry Adoption Service Provider Search

International Adoptive Medical Clinics & Physicians

Child Welfare Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

 

 There are also other online parent support groups, lists and forums related to Inter-Country/Culture Adoption on Yahoo GroupsFacebook, the EEACAdoptive FamilesAdoption Services Support Groups, and Adoption.com

 

 

 

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