A visit to Hungary is highly recommended to discover its beautiful capital, charming countryside and rich culture and traditions. However, there are a few things you should probably know about Hungarians before you travel to Hungary.
Hungarians are more introverted and pessimistic
Although there are some exceptions, most Hungarians are generally described as introverted and pessimistic.It doesn’t help that Hungarians are very outspoken and rarely hide their grievances, writes travelnotesandbeyond.comAlso, Hungarians are not easy to open their hearts and it takes time to accept foreigners. So if you don’t feel welcome in Hungary at first, don’t worry! If you get to know Hungarians better, you will realize that they just need time to warm up to you.
Hungarians are smart
according to CNN, Hungary has one of the highest rankings of Nobel Prize winners per capita. Hungary’s first Nobel Prize dates back to 1905 (Prize in Physics). Fülöp Lénárd’s results led to the discovery of electrons and X-rays.In addition, the Hungarians are known for their numerous invention. For example, they invented the light bulb or safety matches.Read more about Hungarian inventions here!
You should avoid talking about politics!
If there’s one thing that even divides families, it’s politics. Although things can get very heated when the topic comes up, Hungarians often engage in serious debates. It may be safer to avoid politics altogether.
“Strange” name order
You may notice that Hungarians say their last name first. For example, they introduce themselves as “Kiss Péter”, where “Kiss” is their last name. It’s useful to know this so you don’t confuse their first and last names.
Tragic Hungarian History
Hungarian history may explain why Hungarians tend to be pessimistic. The Hungarians had to fight for their freedom many times and had to face many hardships. Among them, the Mongols and Tatars invaded the country, and the 47-year Soviet occupation also took its toll on the country.If you are interested in the history of Hungary, you can read more about it here.
resource: travelnotesandbeyond.com, CNN