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15th October, 2018
Puskás Academy unveils new facility
The Puskás Ferenc Football Academy dedicated a Ft 12.5 billion multi-purpose sports hall and conference centre in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s home town of Felcsút, Fejér county, on Saturday.
15th October, 2018
Composer’s favourite hangout to re-open
Kispipa, the former place of work of acclaimed songwriter Rezső Seress, is set to reopen on Akácfa u. 38 in Budapest’s Seventh District.
12th October, 2018
Most firms offer non-wage benefits
About 88% of employees at Hungarian companies receive some form of non-wage benefits, according to a survey by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Economy and Business Research Institute.
12th October, 2018
WWII bomb defused at Déli station
Bomb disposal experts defused a World War II device found at Déli train station early on Thursday.
11th October, 2018
Hungarians most obese in Europe
Hungarians are among the most obese nations in Europe, and are in fourth place on a global scale, the Hungarian Obesity Science Council (MET) announced on Wednesday, citing the latest report by the OECD.
11th October, 2018
Train conductors afraid of attacks
The railway workers union VSZ is calling for an increase in the criminal penalty for those who physically assault ticket collectors, because the number of such attacks is rising.
11th October, 2018
Wizz Air changes baggage rules again
Low cost airline Wizz Air announced that its baggage rules will change from November 1.
10th October, 2018
EU to transfer almost all funds
The government has managed to resolve disputes with the European Commission on all but two funding issues, namely the construction of the M4 metro line and Hungary’s tendering system for EU funds.
10th October, 2018
Rat population rising in Budapest
The rat population in Budapest multiplied rapidly earlier this year, as weeks went by between the expiry of the city’s contract with exterminators and the signing of a new contract with a different company.
9th October, 2018
Magyar Posta prepares for holiday rush
Magyar Posta is expanding its package-sorting capacity and warehouse space in the run-up to the holiday season, it was announced on Monday.
9th October, 2018
Six tourists overcharged at nightclub
Six tourists were overcharged by Ft 500,000 at a downtown nightclub in the past two weeks, police announced on Monday.
8th October, 2018
GVH inquires into jeweller’s sales
The Competition Office (GVH) has launched a proceeding against Emporia Style, a company that sold jewellery via a television show.
8th October, 2018
Hosszú wins 4 gold and 3 bronze medals
Olympic champion Katinka Hosszú won four gold and three bronze medals at the three-day Budapest stop of swimming’s World Cup series.
5th October, 2018
Online sales may rise 20% in 2018
Online sales in Hungary were up 23.6% year-on-year in the first six months and could reach Ft 440 billion this year, up 20% from 2017, according to CEO Balázs Várkonyi of online retailer Extreme Digital.
5th October, 2018
Aldi opens five new stores
German retail chain Aldi has opened four new stores outside of Budapest in the last five weeks and will soon open its 137th Hungarian outlet close to Budapest, in Üllő.
4th October, 2018
New Budapest flights announced
Budapest Airport has announced the new flights that begin with the winter timetable starting on October 28.
4th October, 2018
EP suggests VAT ceiling of 25%
The European Parliament yesterday approved a European Commission proposal to place a 25% ceiling on VAT in member states.
4th October, 2018
Man sentenced for pulling knife on train conductor
A Sátoraljaújhely court on Wednesday sentenced a man to seven and half years in penitentiary for threatening a train conductor with a knife.
3rd October, 2018
MKB announces branch closures
MKB will close 15 branches in two phases in the near future, the bank announced on Tuesday, confirming earlier reports.
3rd October, 2018
Work starts on MOL skyscraper
The foundation stone of MOL Campus, the future headquarters tower of the energy company, was laid at the Kopaszi gát in Budapest’s 11th District on Tuesday.
3rd October, 2018
Academy bans lectures on political grounds
The Academy of Sciences has banned two planned lectures for the upcoming Festival of Hungarian Sciences as it says they might have political overtones.
2nd October, 2018
Budapest railway bridge to be widened
State infrastructure developer company NIF has announced the tender on widening the southern railway bridge in Budapest, according to the public procurement gazette Közbeszerzési Értesítő.
2nd October, 2018
Index starts crowdfunding campaign
Index temporarily shut down its home page on Monday morning as it began a crowdfunding campaign to reduce its financial dependence on its new owners.
2nd October, 2018
Momentum buries old law outside Orbán’s house
Momentum activists symbolically buried the old law on assembly outside Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s house before midnight Sunday.
1st October, 2018
MKB to close 15 branches
MKB bank plans to close 15 branches to cut costs, Index reports. The bank did not disclose which units would be shut down nor how many jobs would be lost. MKB promised to provide more information next week.
1st October, 2018
Credit eased for energy efficient home improvement
Conditions for preferential credit for home improvements that boost energy efficiency have been eased, it was announced on the EU funding allocation website Széchenyi 2020.
1st October, 2018
Dance troupe on North American tour
The Hungarian National Dance Ensemble is leaving on a tour of North America later this month to take traditional dances of the Carpathian Basin to Hungarian communities living in the US and Canada to mark the 170th anniversary of the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence.
28th September, 2018
Ignatieff: CEU needs deal by December
If there is no agreement on the CEU law by the middle of December, the university cannot legally admit students in January, Central European University rector Michael Ignatieff told a forum in Brussels on Thursday.
28th September, 2018
Budapest rises on destination list
Budapest is the world’s 32nd most popular city destination for tourists, up from 39th one year earlier, according to the 2017 Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.
27th September, 2018
Airbnb more popular in Budapest
The number of guest nights spent at Airbnb accommodations in Budapest was close to 1.5 million last year, up by 35% from a year earlier, property consultancy Colliers International announced on Wednesday.
27th September, 2018
Sziget highly profitable this year
Profits at festival organiser Sziget will probably reach Ft 1.5 billion this year, matching its record performance achieved two years ago, CEO Tamás Kádár told Népszava.
26th September, 2018
Police crack down on mobile phone drivers
Police have filed more than 1,000 misdemeanour charges in the course of a two-day operation to catch those who hold mobile phones in their hands while driving, it was announced on Tuesday.
26th September, 2018
Wizz Air and Ryanair fined
The consumer protection authority has imposed fines of Ft 100 million on Ryanair and Ft 25 million on Wizzair, ATV reports.
26th September, 2018
World chess festival ahead
The Global Chess Festival, based on an idea of former female world chess champion Judit Polgár, will be hosted for the fourth time on October 13, this time at the National Gallery.
25th September, 2018
Gellért Hill funicular under construction
Preparation works for building a funicular railway on the Gellért Hill in Budapest have started, investigative news website G7 learned from workers on the site.
25th September, 2018
Budapest Honvéd to build stadium
Sports club Budapest Honvéd will start to build its new football stadium in 2019, owner George F. Hemingway told Digi Sport television on Monday.
24th September, 2018
All doctors resign at intensive ward
All five doctors gave 45 days notice of their resignation from the intensive ward of Ajka hospital on Thursday, ATV reported.
24th September, 2018
Orbán angling for tennis tournament
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is reportedly interested in obtaining the organising rights for a tennis tournament partly owned by Romanian former tennis player and businessman Ion Tiriac.
24th September, 2018
Slovak hooligans at Miskolc hockey game
Fans of the Zlovan ice hockey team attacked Hungarian supporters and security guards in Miskolc Friday evening.
21st September, 2018
Audi to make electric cars in Győr
Audi Hungaria will manufacture electric cars in the future, acting chairman of Audi AG Abraham Schot announced in Győr on Thursday on the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the subsidiary, without specifying a date.
21st September, 2018
Mészáros may get Tokaj wine cache
Residents of Tolcsva, a village in the Tokaj wine region, suspect that Lőrinc Mészáros, the close friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, is taking over the state-owned historic collection of 390,000 bottles of Tokaj wine amassed since the 18th century, Népszava reports.
20th September, 2018
Szijjártó hopes to attract more Chinese tourists
It is in Hungary’s economic interest to have more Chinese tourists visit Hungary, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a conference of tourism ministers arranged for China and 16 Central and East European countries in Dubrovnik, Croatia Tuesday evening.
20th September, 2018
Car ownership at record levels
The proportion of households which own cars has reached 46%, the highest ever, according to a survey by Medián.
20th September, 2018
Body found of tourist who jumped off bridge
A tourist who jumped off the Chain Bridge two weeks ago, has died, the tabloid Blikk reports.
19th September, 2018
Hungary seen as a bad place to be old
Hungary is the worst country in which to be elderly, according to a survey of mostly West European countries.
19th September, 2018
Déli station closing for repairs
The Déli train station in Buda will be fully closed for two weeks during October 4-17 due to urgent maintenance works, state railway company MÁV told Portfolio.
18th September, 2018
Millenáris Startup opens campus
Millenáris Nonprofit has opened the Millenáris Startup Campus, a community office space for startups near the park of the same name in Budapest’s Second District, completed from Ft 1.7 billion.
18th September, 2018
Thermal water found downtown
Thermal water has been discovered during the construction of a sports centre on Vadász utca in Budapest’s Fifth District and will be incorporated into the planned facility.
18th September, 2018
Cyber attack on government website
An overload (DDoS) attack was directed at the government website kormany.hu from IP addresses outside Hungary in three waves between 9.08 p.m. and 10.32 p.m. Sunday.
17th September, 2018
Government to curb plastic bag use
The Innovation and Technology Ministry is planning to increase the environmental fee on light plastic bags from next year, as well as fees on plastic cups and cutlery, Index learned from a draft bill.
17th September, 2018
Inmates will build new prisons
Planned new prisons will be built by inmates, according to a draft bill signed by Interior Minister Sándor Pintér and posted on the government website, Napi reports.
17th September, 2018
Elmű prepares LED public lighting test
Elmű has offered five LED manufacturers or distributors the opportunity to present their public lighting technology in Szentendre, the electricity distributor announced on Friday.
14th September, 2018
South African investor buys Mammut
Property investor NEPI Rockcastle has acquired a majority stake in one of Budapest’s largest shopping malls, Mammut, for €254 million, it was announced on Thursday.
13th September, 2018
Wizz Air cancels Romania flight routes
Wizz Air has cancelled five of its routes and suspended three others in Romania, news website Turizmus learned.
13th September, 2018
Airport to get parking garage
A six-storey parking garage for 2,500 vehicles will be erected at Terminal 2 of Liszt Ferenc International Airport by the second quarter of 2020, the airport manager Budapest Airport announced on Wednesday.
13th September, 2018
Robot waiter serves meals in Győr
A robot waiter has started working in Liu’s Cooking restaurant in Győr. Named Emi, the robot serves meals with a smile and helps guests in English, local website Kisalföld reported on Wednesday.
12th September, 2018
OECD finds education spending low
Hungary spends 3.8% of its GDP on education, including both public and private, which is below the 5% average of the OECD and the 4.7% average of the EU-23, the international organisation reports.
12th September, 2018
Haulers suggest price hike
International hauler company association NiT Hungary and the domestic hauler association MKFE issued a joint statement yesterday recommending a unified 15-20% price hike.
12th September, 2018
Badacsony murder suspects caught
Veszprém prosecutors have taken two people into custody, suspected of beating to death a young winemaker from Balatonfüred on Saturday night.
11th September, 2018
CÖF films cost more than Son of Saul
Pro-Fidesz NGO the Civil Unity Forum (CÖF) spent most of the Ft 508 million it received from state energy company MVM to produce four short films promoting its activity, website Átlátszó reports.
11th September, 2018
Missing M0 section to be built by 2022
Construction of the missing northwestern section of the M0 ringway can start in two years after the state investor has chosen a designer to plan the projects, Magyar Idők reports.
11th September, 2018
CIB selling real estate online
Recovery, the subsidiary of the CIB group which sells buildings taken over by the bank after failed mortgage repayments, is selling properties online for the seventh occasion, the bank group announced on Monday.
10th September, 2018
Taxify has more than 600 drivers
Estonian ride-hailing company Taxify has increased the number of its drivers in Hungary to more than 600 in just two years since entering the market, the company announced on Friday.
10th September, 2018
Nemes film honoured by critics
Fipresci, the international federation of film critics, named Hungarian production Sunset as the best movie shown at the Venice Film Festival.
7th September, 2018
Housing prices skyrocket further
Housing was 15% more expensive, on average, in the first half of the year than in the same period of 2017, estate agents OTP Ingatlanpont said, based on home sales figures from the tax authority NAV.
7th September, 2018
Pákh claims €10mn offered for Munkácsy painting
Art collector Imre Pákh claims that he has received a €10 million offer from Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás on behalf of the state for Mihály Munkácsy’s painting Golgotha and said they can soon strike a deal.
6th September, 2018
V4 plans high-speed rail connection
Cabinet ministers of the Visegrád Four agreed to develop a feasibility study on connecting the quartet with a high-speed rail network, and plans will be completed within a year, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told the state media in Krynica, Poland, where he participated in an economic forum.
6th September, 2018
MNB creates money museum
The MNB is creating a museum of the history of money and banking in the Posta Palace, the historic building it acquired on Széll Kálmán tér in Buda, the central bank announced.
5th September, 2018
Prince Andrew coming next week
Britain’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will meet President János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó when he arrives in Budapest on an official visit on September 10, it was announced yesterday.
5th September, 2018
Lidl to open new unit in 11th District
Lidl will open its long-planned unit in Albertfalva in Budapest’s 11th District within weeks, following a lengthy permit process, Napi concluded after visiting the construction site.
5th September, 2018
Hungarians win prizes at film fest
Hungarian Yvan Tamás Topolánszky’s Curtiz won the main prize at the Montreal Film Festival Monday night, while Attila Szász was voted best director for his movie “Örök tél” (Eternal Winter).
4th September, 2018
Textbook publishers sue state
Five private textbook publishers will sue the Hungarian state as the state rejected without considering their applications to have the licences of their textbooks extended for another five years, the website Átlátszó reports.
4th September, 2018
Wachsler confirms statue removal plan
Tamás Wachsler, head of the project company that will transform Vértanúk tere, confirmed to Magyar Hírlap that the statue of Imre Nagy will be removed.
4th September, 2018
Actors give away books on metro
Actors from the Vígszínház theatre surprised people riding the metro to school or work Monday morning by giving away books.
3rd September, 2018
Emergency doctors leave hospital
Physician Gábor Zacher, head of the emergency ward at Honvédkórház, submitted his resignation on Friday and said nine other doctors are also quitting.
3rd September, 2018
Sony to distribute new Nemes film
Sony Pictures Classics has bought the North American and Australian distribution rights to Sunset, the new film directed by Hungarian László Nemes, Variety magazine reports.
3rd September, 2018
Fake Holocaust museum closed
Seventh District authorities closed the Shoah Cellar, a fake Holocaust museum, on Friday after Zsuzsanna Toronyi, head of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, exposed it in a post on the HVG website.
31st August, 2018
Emirates to recruit cabin crew here
Emirates will recruit flight attendants in Budapest on September 25 and in Pécs on September 27, the airline announced yesterday.
31st August, 2018
Magyar Posta to cut 100 jobs
Magyar Posta will dismiss 100 employees in the autumn, in a move already discussed with the company council, the company announced on Thursday.
30th August, 2018
Fake Holocaust museum draws protest
Protesters gathered yesterday to discourage passers-by from visiting a fake Jewish museum called the Shoah Cellar, not far from the Great Synagogue in Budapest.
30th August, 2018
Section of WWII bomber lifted from Danube
A piece of wreckage of an American Liberator bomber shot down in World War II was discovered in the Danube near Tököl due to the low level of the river last week.
29th August, 2018
Vodafone challenges NMHH fine again
Vodafone is seeking a judicial review of the decision by the telecoms and media authority NMHH to fine the company Ft 40 million over its handling of new identity confirmation rules.
29th August, 2018
Group hopes to save Nagy statue
A group campaigning against cabinet plans to remove the statue of Imre Nagy from Vértanúk tere near Parliament closed the square to all traffic in a Monday evening protest.
29th August, 2018
Hungary on show at Venice film fest
Hungarian director László Jeles Nemes’s new movie Napszállta (“Sunset”) will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which starts today.
28th August, 2018
Danube temperature high at Paks
The website Átlátszó and Energiaklub measured water temperatures above 30C in several points in the Danube on Friday, below the cooling water drainage channel of the Paks nuclear power plant.
28th August, 2018
Iraqi town rebuilt from Hungarian funds
A Christian town in Iraq devastated by the Islamic State has been renovated from a nearly €2 million Hungarian donation.
27th August, 2018
Digital payments growing fast
Electronic payments have grown dynamically in Hungary over the last two years as the number of shops accepting bank cards or mobile phones has grown from 85,000 at the end of 2016 to 110,000, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said.
27th August, 2018
Curtiz feature at Montreal film fest
Curtiz, a film about Hungarian Mihály Kertész (Michael Curtiz) director of the classic movie Casablanca, will have its premiere at the Montreal Film Festival on September 1.
24th August, 2018
Court rejects request to extradite Hernádi
The Capital Court yesterday refused Croatia’s request to extradite MOL chairman and CEO Zsolt Hernádi to face charges of bribing a Croatian prime minister.
24th August, 2018
West Nile fever implicated in deaths
Hungary’s chief medical officer yesterday announced that West Nile fever may have been a contributing factor in four deaths.
23rd August, 2018
Smart lamp posts presented
Smart street lights capable of a variety of functions were presented on Lechner Ödön fasor in the Ninth District in Budapest on Tuesday.
23rd August, 2018
Chinese prefer expensive real estate
Chinese buyers are active on Hungary’s real estate market, and tend to buy the most expensive real estate, according to property franchise chain Duna House.
23rd August, 2018
Slovakia approves new Ipoly bridge
On Wednesday, Slovak authorities approved plans for a new bridge over the Ipoly River between Őrhalom, Hungary and Vrbovka, Slovakia.
22nd August, 2018
Pécs cutbacks hit public transport
The city of Pécs has decided to implement a 10% cutback in bus services, thereby saving an annual Ft 300 million, news website Zoom learned.
22nd August, 2018
Eighth migrant denied food at border
A young Afghan woman is the eighth person to be refused food by Hungarian authorities at the border with Serbia, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee reported.
21st August, 2018
Pastor prevented from delivering food to migrants
Head of the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship Gábor Iványi was prevented from giving food to asylum-seekers on the border with Serbia after Hungarian authorities stopped providing food to those whose request for asylum has been initially rejected but who are awaiting the outcome of their appeal against that decision.
21st August, 2018
Party told to demolish bus stop shelter
The Two-Tailed Dog Party has been ordered to take down a bus stop shelter in Felcsút, one which protested about the low quality of infrastructure for ordinary residents in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s home village.
17th August, 2018
Gov’t stops feeding asylum seekers
The Immigration and Refugee Affairs Office has stopped providing food to those asylum seekers whose application for refugee status has been rejected under a new regulation that entered into force on July 1.
17th August, 2018
Schwarzenegger denied entry to shop
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is filming the sixth instalment of the Terminator movie series in Hungary, was reportedly refused entry to a luxury boutique on Andrássy út to do some shopping.
16th August, 2018
University of Debrecen to launch pilot training
The University of Debrecen is looking to commission an organisation to run its English-language pilot training course, according to the public procurement gazette Közbeszerzési Értesítő.
16th August, 2018
Sziget draws record numbers
This year’s Sziget festival set a new record for attendance, as 565,000 people visited the island music festival over seven days, organisers announced.
16th August, 2018
E-bike charger network at Balaton
An electric bicycle charger network has opened around Lake Balaton, initiator Árpád Győrffy announced on Tuesday.
16th August, 2018
E-bike charger network at Balaton
An electric bicycle charger network has opened around Lake Balaton, initiator Árpád Győrffy announced on Tuesday.

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