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BITS OF CULTURE - Hungary
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

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Official language:
Magyar

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Cultural Values
  • It is considered very rude to ask “how are you” without the faintest sign of being genuinely interested.
  • Always shake hands when meeting friends. Your handshake should be a firm but not too tight grip, and you should look the other person straight in the eye.
  • This is taken seriously in this country.
  • Also, note that it is the woman's right to initiate a handshake.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Usually consist of fatty meat (pork is generally preferred) or fish, some sort of starch, and a garnish of pickles. These include: pörkölt (stew, and what everyone calls 'goulash' abroad); gulyás (a thick beef soup); and halászlé (spicy fish soup cooked with paprika).
  • Dishes are flavorful, spicy and often rather heavy.

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Interesting Facts
  • Hungarian, also called Magyar, is the official language of Hungary.
  • In Hungarian, as opposed to virtually all other languages in the world, the surname precedes any given names.
  • Harry Houdini, the famous magician was born in Budapest, Hungary. His real name was Ehrich Weiss.

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