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20th September, 2019
New Budapest homes reach Ft 900,000 per m2
The average price of newly built homes in Budapest reached Ft 900,000/m2 in the second quarter, the Budapest Housing Report calculated based on a database of 24,000 homes in large housing projects in the capital.
20th September, 2019
MÁV cancels trains over lack of drivers
The state passenger railway company MÁV cancelled four suburban commuter trains Wednesday due to a lack of drivers, the mass transit advocacy group KTE reported on Thursday.
20th September, 2019
Actress, film nominated for Emmy
Hungarian actress Marina Gera has been nominated for the International Emmy Award for her part in the film Örök tél (Eternal Winter), while Péter Bergendy’s film Trezor (Safe) received a nomination in the Best TV Film and Mini-series category, Szupermoden Filmstudió told state news agency MTI on Thursday.
19th September, 2019
Compensation awarded to segregated Roma pupils
The Debrecen Court of Appeals has ordered financial reparations to be paid to Roma children for their segregation and poor-quality education at a school in Gyöngyöspata, Heves county. The sums must be paid to the families within 15 days.
19th September, 2019
4,500 vacant positions in education
As many as 4,543 positions remained vacant in the education sector in the second half of 2019, website 24 learned from the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday.
19th September, 2019
Bicycle road to connect Győr - Lake Balaton
A Ft 1 billion bicycle road will be built connecting Győr and Lake Balaton, commissioner for an active Hungary Máriusz Révész announced in Gyulafirátót on Wednesday.
18th September, 2019
Forint weakens to new historic low
The forint weakened to over Ft 334 per euro on Tuesday, hitting a new historic low.
18th September, 2019
Stench returns to Budaörs
An unpleasant odour of fertiliser has once again covered the Budapest suburb of Budaörs, independent mayor Tamás Wittinghoff wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
18th September, 2019
Days of cultural heritage this weekend
Days of cultural heritage will be observed on the weekend of September 21 and 22, when institutions that are closed to the general public all year long will open their doors.
17th September, 2019
Jobbik proposes real estate tax for foreigners
Jobbik seeks to impose a punitive tax on the purchase of property by citizens of countries outside the European Economic Area, Jobbik vice-president Dániel Kárpát told reporters in Budapest on Monday.
17th September, 2019
Hungary will not veto Brexit extension
No such situation could arise where 26 member states allow the deadline for Brexit to be extended and Hungary vetoes it alone, PMO leader Gergely Gulyás told Reuters on Monday.
17th September, 2019
Hungarian artist falls off trapeze
A Hungarian trapeze artist fell to the ground at a circus performance in Bosnia as spectators watched, the tabloid Bors reported on Monday.
16th September, 2019
Two foreign nationals detained with FBI help
The National Bureau of Investigations in co-operation with the FBI detained two men in Budapest wanted on an international warrant, the police stated on its website on Saturday.
16th September, 2019
György Konrád dies at 87
Kossuth Prize-winning writer and sociologist György Konrád died at his home on Friday at the age of 87 following a protracted illness, his family announced.
16th September, 2019
Son of Saul on world’s 100 best films list
Hungarian film “Son of Saul”, directed by László Nemes, was placed by British daily The Guardian on its list of the 100 best films of the 21st century.
13th September, 2019
Poll finds 22% undecided on city vote
Mayor István Tarlós is supported by 38% of Budapest residents, and his challenger Gergely Karácsony by 33%, according to a survey conducted by Závecz Research, as commissioned by the website 24.
13th September, 2019
Britons fined over ambulance damage
The two British citizens who damaged ambulances while drunk in downtown Budapest last weekend were each fined Ft 450,000 on Thursday in a fast-track procedure.
12th September, 2019
Hackers wipe out EU fund data
A hacker attack wiped out all of the data on servers belonging to the Hungarian Development Centre (MFK) in the middle of July, weekly 168 Óra reports.
12th September, 2019
“Gloomy Sunday” composer honoured
A mini-sculpture by Mihály Kolodko honouring world-renowned songwriter Rezső Seress, author of “Gloomy Sunday,” was inaugurated on Wednesday.
11th September, 2019
Forint weakens to new record low
The forint weakened to Ft 331.94 per euro on Tuesday, hitting a new historic low, for the second time in a week.
11th September, 2019
Wizz Air to fly Kharkiv, Lviv
Wizz Air is launching new flights from Budapest to Kharkiv and Lviv in the Ukraine and opening a new flight to Brussels International Airport, Wizz Air Hungary CEO Stephen Jones announced at a press conference on Tuesday.
11th September, 2019
Ministry plans to close underpasses to homeless
The Human Resources Ministry plans to submit a proposal to the cabinet this autumn to close down the underpasses at Budapest’s largest transport hubs at night, in order to stop the homeless from spending the night in such spaces.
10th September, 2019
Major storm batters Szeged
A huge storm hit Szeged yesterday, tearing the roof off a theatre and heavily damaging a university building.
10th September, 2019
17 killed in weekend road accidents
A total of 17 people were killed in 13 fatal road accidents across Hungary over the weekend, a police summary reveals.
10th September, 2019
Briton caught after stamping on ambulances
Police on Monday arrested a British citizen suspected of causing millions of forints worth of damage to ambulances by walking across the tops of the vehicles.
9th September, 2019
Hungarian Radio Free Europe ready to start again
Radio Free Europe could obtain a licence from the US Congress in September for the relaunch of Hungarian-language broadcasts, the New York Times reports.
9th September, 2019
Metro station to be renamed
The Klinikák station on the M3 metro line will be renamed Semmelweis-klinikák upon completion of the upgrade of the line, to recognise the nearby Semmelweis Medical University, mayor István Tarlós announced on Friday at the opening ceremony of the university’s 250th school year.
6th September, 2019
Suzuki models rule car market
Suzuki Vitara is clearly the biggest star of Hungary’s surging new car market with sales just short of 10,000 in the first eight months, or 8% of the total.
6th September, 2019
Charges pressed in bribery of handball referees
Prosecutors have pressed charges against four handball referees suspected of taking bribes to influence the outcome of games in Hungary’s top flight, Budapest prosecutor general Tibor Ibolya announced on Thursday.
5th September, 2019
Mészáros controls largest family business
The wealth accumulated by the Lőrinc Mészáros family exceeds that ever held by a single family in Hungary, having grown five-fold in one year, business magazine Forbes reports.
5th September, 2019
Hungary’s Oscar nominee chosen
Akik maradtak (“Those Who Remained”), a movie by director Barnabás Tóth, has been chosen as Hungary’s nominee in the international film category of the Oscar awards.
5th September, 2019
Budapest most liveable city in region
Budapest is the most liveable city in Eastern Europe, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
4th September, 2019
Fugitive police officer caught in Italy
Italian gendarmes on Sunday caught former Budapest Police senior officer Zsolt Porkoláb, who had fled the country after he was sentenced to three years in prison, Magyar Nemzet reports.
4th September, 2019
Briton caught in jewellery shop robbery
Police on Monday caught a 28-year-old British man suspected of robbing a jewellery store in Pécs early in the morning.
4th September, 2019
Reward offered for last Hableány victim
The family of the last missing victim of the May 29 Hableány boat disaster has offered a Ft 1 million reward for any information about the woman or for finding her remains, the South Korean embassy announced on Tuesday.
3rd September, 2019
Economic growth seen losing steam
Economic research institute GKI forecasts a marked slowdown in the Hungarian economy in the second half in its latest research note, citing deteriorations in business expectations and the external environment as well as the weakening impact of EU funds on investments.
3rd September, 2019
Orbán in book on populist leaders and football
Viktor Orbán is featured in a new book on the links between football and populist politicians around the globe, website 24 reports.
2nd September, 2019
Online cash registers celebrated
Online cash registers generated Ft 530 billion in revenue for the budget in 2014-16, Finance Ministry state secretary Norbert Izer announced on the weekend, as he marked the fifth anniversary of the launch of the devices.
2nd September, 2019
Swords and pistols drawn in family feud
Two families fought each other with pistols, swords and pitchforks in Ráckeve, south of Budapest, on Thursday night.
30th August, 2019
Forint sinks to all-time low
The forint may sink further, analysts said on Thursday, as the currency weakened to a record low of 331.85 per euro.
30th August, 2019
Former museum director indicted
Eighth District prosecutors have pressed charges against the former head of a Budapest museum, who is suspected of stealing Ft 30 million worth of artworks from a museum warehouse in 2016 and 2017.
29th August, 2019
Robots and drones for border defence?
The cabinet would prefer to boost the defence of Hungary’s southern borders with “autonomous robots” and drones from the end of 2021, Népszava reports.
29th August, 2019
Gov’t distributes airport noise meters
The transport science institute KTI yesterday began distributing 30 hand-held noise meters to residents living close to Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, the Innovation and Technology Ministry announced.
28th August, 2019
Hospitals accumulating unpaid bills
Hospitals added a further Ft 4.3 billion to the total of their overdue invoices in July, raising the total to Ft 47.3 billion, the state treasury MÁK reported on Tuesday.
28th August, 2019
Demographic decline accelerates
The pace of the natural demographic decline increased in the first six months of the year, as 2.8% fewer babies were born and 1% more people died than in the same period of 2018, the Central Statistics Office announced on Tuesday.
28th August, 2019
Lazenby to receive award in Miskolc
Australian actor George Lazenby, 80, will be in Miskolc on September 19 to receive the lifetime achievement award of the Miskolc International Film Festival.
27th August, 2019
Soldier dies in military convoy crash
One soldier was killed and five were injured when vehicles in a military convoy collided on the M7 motorway late Monday morning.
27th August, 2019
Forint trading near record low
The forint dropped to a record low of 330.8 against the euro last week and was not able to make any significant gains on Monday, Portfolio writes.
26th August, 2019
Rents level off in university cities
Rent prices in Budapest and large college cities have stalled in July and August, due to an increase in supply, according to senior analyst László Balogh of website ingatlan.com.
26th August, 2019
Police seize huge marijuana haul
Agents from the National Bureau of Investigation arrested members of an international drug trafficking ring in Budapest on Thursday, as they caught one Croatian, one Hungarian and one Kosovar suspect in the act of splitting up a Ft 115 million marijuana shipment.
26th August, 2019
Hungary third in world rowing
Germany topped the medals table with six gold medals, seven silver and one bronze as the Kayak-canoe World Championships ended in Szeged on Sunday afternoon.
23rd August, 2019
Kayak champions disqualified
Kayak champions Anna Kárász and Danuta Kozák were disqualified at Thursday’s 500-metre kayak event at the Olympic qualification world championship in Szeged.
23rd August, 2019
Three die when train collides with car
Three people died in a car when it collided with an international train between Kismaros and Nagymaros, Pest county, on a railway crossing Wednesday evening, police announced.
23rd August, 2019
Renowned sax player dies
Saxophone player Gyula Fekete, better known as Saxi Maxi, famous for his role in the groups Hungária and Dolly Roll, died Wednesday at the age of 67 following a protracted illness.
22nd August, 2019
Indotek renews malls in Debrecen, Szeged
Indotek Group is renewing its shopping malls in Debrecen and Szeged, Portfolio learned on Wednesday.
22nd August, 2019
Accidents up over long weekend
Police reported nearly 250 injuries in road accidents over the long holiday weekend. Ten people were killed in nine fatal traffic accidents, while 76 people sustained severe injuries and 162 others light injuries.
21st August, 2019
Soros vows to grant more funds to CEU
Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros has pledged in a letter that he and his Open Society Foundations will increase funding for the Central European University (CEU).
21st August, 2019
Fire extinguished on Budapest roof
Fire fighters extinguished a fire that broke out on the roof of a condominium on Soroksári út in the Ninth District of Budapest on Monday.
16th August, 2019
Authorities to investigate Facebook
Information authority NAIH has launched an investigation into Facebook’s voice recording practices, it was announced on Thursday.
16th August, 2019
Wizz Air pays Ft 250mn in compensation
Wizz Air has started to pay compensation to passengers who used its Wizz Flex services, Index has learned.
16th August, 2019
Volunteers clear away Tisza litter
Volunteers collected 8-10 tons of garbage along 80km of the Tisza river in the seventh annual PET Cup.
15th August, 2019
Sziget Festival revenues drop
The number of visitors of the Sziget Festival dropped this year to some 530,000 from last year’s record attendance of 565,000, and profits will be lower as a result, Népszava reports.
15th August, 2019
Police chief resigns following scandal
A sound recording has been made public in which the chief of police in Karcag, Zoltán Teleki, tells officers not to punish doctors because then they would not get check-ups and visits without having to wait their turn.
14th August, 2019
T-Systems wins bicycle scheme bid
T-Systems Magyarország has won the task of establishing a shared bicycle-sharing scheme in Esztergom, Hungary and Stúrovo, Slovakia, two towns connected by a bridge over the Danube, it was announced on the EU public procurement website on Tuesday.
14th August, 2019
Nébih finds metal in sausage in Tesco
After a purchaser reported it, Nébih has found pieces of metal in a Kaisers brand Arany Pulyka párizsi sausage in a Tesco store, the food safety authority Nébih announced on its website on Tuesday.
14th August, 2019
Tax agents find faults in Balaton area
Tax and customs agents found irregularities in almost one out of every four enterprises during recent checks on Balaton area businesses.
13th August, 2019
Biggest drug haul in Sziget history
Police arrested two Dutch men last week as they seized the largest quantity of illegal drugs ever discovered at the Sziget Festival.
13th August, 2019
Budapest renewing parks, playgrounds
City-owned Főkert Nonprofit is renovating seven parks at a cost of more than Ft 2 billion, the Budapest park and public area maintenance company announced on Monday.
12th August, 2019
Landfill in flames by the Balaton
Fire broke out at the Királyszentistván landfill site near Lake Balaton on Saturday morning, affecting an area of more than a thousand square metres and was still burning on Sunday afternoon, Veszprém county Disaster Management reports.
12th August, 2019
Non-Hungarian EU citizens may vote
Non-Hungarian EU citizens with a Hungarian address are automatically included on the list of eligible voters for the October 13 local elections.
9th August, 2019
Panic causes stampede at Sziget
Concertgoers had to climb over bars and countertops surrounding the area as an audience of tens of thousands began to leave following Wednesday night’s Ed Sheeran show at the Sziget festival.
9th August, 2019
RegioJet trains coming to Hungary
Czech company RegioJet will extend its train service to Budapest from June 2020 as an extension of its Prague-Vienna line, the private railway operator announced on Thursday.
7th August, 2019
Sziget fest opens today
The 27th annual Sziget festival opens today with a performance by English singer Ed Sheeran, the biggest star of this year’s event.
7th August, 2019
Cabinet might buy another Munkácsy collection
The cabinet is planning to purchase another collection of paintings by 19th-century artist Mihály Munkácsy and to establish a new museum to exhibit them, it emerges from a secret proposal obtained by HVG.
6th August, 2019
Coca-Cola defends gay-positive ads
The Coca-Cola company issued a statement Monday morning defending its ad campaign advocating tolerance of gay and lesbian lifestyles.
6th August, 2019
Migrants caught at Romanian border
Romanian border police captured 38 migrants bound for Hungary near the Hungarian border, Magyar Hírlap reports.
5th August, 2019
Gov’t to build circus behind Nyugati
The land behind Budapest’s Nyugati train station is to be the site of a permanent circus, as outlined in a proposal put forward by Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler.
5th August, 2019
Domingo and son to sing in Szeged
Spanish star tenor Plácido Domingo and his son, Plácido Domingo Jr., will perform together for the first time at the opening of Szeged’s Szent Gellért Forum youth and sports centre on August 28.
2nd August, 2019
Plug-in hybrids under scrutiny
The Ministry of Innovation and Technology is working to amend the rules on which vehicles would be entitled to green license plates, Portfolio writes.
2nd August, 2019
Night flights to end over Budapest
Flights over Budapest during late night hours will be ceased, Budapest mayor István Tarlós told a press briefing on Thursday.
2nd August, 2019
Exhibition featuring posters of Vajna’s films
Posters from film producer Andy Vajna’s 42 films, as well as photographs and personal relics, are on display at an exhibition in Budapest.
1st August, 2019
Two people denied meals at transit zone
Hungarian authorities have denied meals to another two asylum seekers at the Röszke transit zone near the Serbian border, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee wrote on its Twitter page on Wednesday.
1st August, 2019
LOT to launch direct Budapest-Seoul flight
Polish airline LOT will launch direct flights from Budapest to Seoul three times a week starting September 22, CEO Rafal Milczarski announced in Budapest on Wednesday.
1st August, 2019
Wizz Air to pay Ft 250 million in compensation
Discount airline Wizz Air is to pay around Ft 250 million in compensation to passengers who have used the Wizz Flex service since 2010.
31st July, 2019
DK calls for air conditioning in hospitals
Democratic Coalition has called on the government to install air conditioning units in hospital operating rooms, intensive wards and patient rooms.
31st July, 2019
Formula One teams arrive for Grand Prix
Formula One teams are continually arriving at Mogyoród, the site of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
30th July, 2019
Toxicologist: 800,000 alcoholics in Hungary
There are 800,000 alcoholics in Hungary, nearly one in every family, toxicologist Gábor Zacher told state television channel M1 on Monday.
30th July, 2019
Gov’t office orders inquiry on diverted flight
PMO state secretary for public services Bence Tuzson has ordered an immediate inquiry at the Capital Government Office over the diversion of a Ryanair flight, the PMO announced on Monday.
30th July, 2019
Film Marathon comes to Budapest
The connection between film and music will be at the centre of the 3rd Budapest Classical Film Marathon, where some 100 films will be screened free of charge for eight days beginning September 4.
29th July, 2019
Home sales to reach ten-year high in 2019
The number of home sales is on track to reach 175,000 this year, a ten-year high, according to real estate website ingatlan.com.
29th July, 2019
Budapest Airport gets ready for peak traffic
Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport has introduced extraordinary measures to deal with extremely high passenger traffic expected in late July and early August, the airport operator announced on Friday.
29th July, 2019
Hungarian swimmer suspected of sexual harassment
Hungarian Olympic bronze medal winner Tamás Kenderesi has been disallowed by South Korean authorities from leaving the country on suspicion of sexual harassment. The 22-year-old, who is taking part in the Gwangju world championships, was detained early Sunday morning and questioned at one of the city’s police stations following an incident at a nightclub, Reuters reports.
26th July, 2019
Self-service counters now at Auchan
There will be self-checkout counters in every Auchan store in Hungary by 2020, the retail chain has announced.
26th July, 2019
Cabinet to spend Ft 327bn on sports
The cabinet allocates Ft 327 billion to sports in next year’s budget, four times more than in the 2010 budget, and Ft 24 billion more than this year, sports state secretary Tünde Szabó told a press conference on Thursday.
26th July, 2019
Young Hungarians prefer smaller festivals
Hungarians under 30 would rather party at smaller festivals, such as the week-long Efott at Lake Velence, instead of the world famous Sziget or Balaton Sound events, according to K&H research.
25th July, 2019
Doctors leaving in smaller numbers
A total of 979 doctors and dentists asked for official certificates last year in order to be able to work abroad, and nearly 500 skilled workers also began a new life in other countries, Világgazdaság reports.
25th July, 2019
Distiller creates first Hungarian gin
Lawyer Bálint Dámosy has started up the first gin distillery in Hungary under the brand name Opera, having spotted a gap in the market.
25th July, 2019
Six dead bodies found in Danube
Rescue teams searching the Danube for the victims of the pleasure boat Hableány have in the past two months also found the bodies of six persons who did not lose their life in the May 29 disaster.
24th July, 2019
Tesco converting stores into malls
Tesco is transforming many of its largest outlets in Hungary into small shopping malls, the head of Central Europe operations Matt Simister told Magyar Nemzet in an interview.
24th July, 2019
Migrants nearly suffocated in van
The Sopron sub-county court yesterday ordered the custodial detention of a Romanian man who transported 16 illegal immigrants in his goods delivery ban on Sunday.
24th July, 2019
Budapest rents keep increasing
Rents in Budapest’s outer districts are catching up with those in the more central districts, according to Balla Real Estate.
23rd July, 2019
Downtown bar robbers charged
The manager of a downtown bar, along with a bartender and three regular customers have been charged with systematically doping and robbing customers three years ago, prosecutors announced on Monday.
23rd July, 2019
Festival received Ft 200mn to show Orbán videos
Festival organiser Sziget was paid Ft 207.5 million by a state institution to show videos of Viktor Orbán’s speeches from 1989 on giant screens during this summer’s Balaton Sound and Volt summer festivals, website g7 reports.
23rd July, 2019
Hosszú wins fourth medley world title
Swimming star Katinka Hosszú won her fourth consecutive world title in the 200-metre medley event at the Gwangju world swimming championships on Monday.

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