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26th September, 2022
Refugee centres may close due to heating costs
Due to sky-high utility bills, several local governments will not be able to heat the institutions where Ukrainian refugees have been housed in recent months, Telex reports. It is not yet clear what will happen to them.
26th September, 2022
Nearly 100 migrants caught at Mórahalom
A total of 97 migrants were stopped in one group at Mórahalom Sunday morning, police announced on its website.
23rd September, 2022
Hadházy: Fidesz is afraid of me
Independent MP Ákos Hadházy has responded to reports that Speaker László Kövér will not allow him to be sworn in to parliament next week, by saying “It is surprising ... how cowardly Fidesz is. This is very important, positive feedback showing how much they are afraid of me.”
23rd September, 2022
Budapest man accused of recruiting private army
Criminal proceedings have been launched against a Hungarian man, a resident of Budapest, who is charged with seeking to recruit for a private army, police said in a statement on Wednesday.
22nd September, 2022
Erkel Theatre to close in November
Budapest’s Erkel Theare will be shut down in November due to the high utility rates for the duration of the heating season, it was announced yesterday.
21st September, 2022
Serious doctor shortage in Budapest
There was a shortage of physicians in a total of 843 basic medical practices on a national scale on September 1, according to data released by the national medical directorate OKFŐ.
21st September, 2022
Government sets 2023 motorway vignette prices
Annual motorway sticker prices will rise more slowly than the rate of inflation but toll prices for shorter periods – bought mainly by tourists and those transiting through Hungary – will rise by double digits, according to a decree issued by the Ministry of Technology and Industry on Tuesday.
20th September, 2022
Novák bids farewell to Elizabeth II
President Katalin Novák touched on the government’s oft-promoted themes of Christian faith, peace and national identity in remarks posted on her Facebook page after she attended the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.
20th September, 2022
Census to start on October 1
A nationwide census, the 16th in the history of Hungary, begins on October 1.
19th September, 2022
Gas and food price caps prolonged
The cabinet has decided to maintain price ceilings on car fuel and certain foodstuffs until at least December 31, and to keep the cap on interest rates on bank loans until at least June 30, 2023, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced at a press conference on Saturday.
19th September, 2022
Mi Hazánk would shoot illegal migrants
Police and soldiers defending the Hungarian border should be ordered to shoot to deter illegal migrants and people-smugglers, Mi Hazánk vice-president Előd Novák told a press conference on Saturday.
16th September, 2022
Ft 2.1trn of state projects suspended
A total of 270 state projects with a combined value of Ft 2.1 trillion have been suspended, Construction and Investment Ministry state secretary Nándor Csepreghy said at a conference on Thursday.
16th September, 2022
Foreign graffiti artists caused Ft 1mn in damage
Budapest police announced the arrest yesterday of two Italians, two Bulgarians and one Spaniard who had come to Budapest to spray-paint graffiti on metro carriages.
15th September, 2022
Doubts over EU funds weaken forint
After an oscillation in the morning, the forint started to weaken on Wednesday afternoon from 404 to 406 per euro, and 407 per dollar, Portfolio observes.
15th September, 2022
Parragh advocates Sunday closing
Those who suggest that shops be closed on Sundays in order to save energy costs are right, president László Parragh of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKIK) told ATV.
15th September, 2022
iBanFirst arrives in Hungary
iBanFirst has opened an affiliate in Hungary, the Belgian fintech company announced on Wednesday.
13th September, 2022
Bosch to set up R&D base next to ZalaZONE
German engineering group Bosch yesterday laid the cornerstone for a Ft 4.2 billion development base centre for engineers, creating 200 highly skilled jobs in Zalaegerszeg.
13th September, 2022
Budapest spas won’t close but raise fees
Budapest’s thermal baths are not closing, despite the huge increase in energy prices, although several cities have closed swimming pools, Népszava reports.
12th September, 2022
Number of green cars rising rapidly
The number of cars with a green number plate, indicating electric or hybrid vehicles, registered in Hungary stood at 56,666 at the end of August, up from less than 28,000 in January 2021, the Technology and Industry Ministry announced on Friday.
12th September, 2022
New restrictions proposed for party district
The Seventh District council is considering a plan to allow bars in Budapest’s party district to be open no later than midnight five days a week from October, according to local activist group Színes Erzsébetváros.
9th September, 2022
Inflation rises to 15.6% in August
Inflation accelerated to 15.6% year-on-year in August, up from 13.7% in July, the Central Statistics Office announced on Thursday.
9th September, 2022
Rogán gains more new powers
Cabinet chief Antal Rogán will head the newly created Defence Administration Office, it was announced in a decree published on Wednesday night.
8th September, 2022
OTP buys medical doctor service site
The OTP group has purchased the medical appointments website foglaljorvost.hu, Fanni Straub, the founder of the site, announced at the Private Health Forum on Wednesday.
7th September, 2022
Pfizer vaccines sent to Ukraine
Hungary has delivered 41,000 doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to Zakarpattia, the region of Ukraine inhabited by ethnic Hungarians, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced in a video on his Facebook page.
7th September, 2022
BKV unable to start case against Metrowagonmash
Budapest mass transport company BKV launched a court case against Russian company Metrowagonmash in February 2019, but the subway carriage maker has been refusing to accept the court documents for more than three years, Népszava reports.
6th September, 2022
Fall bookings up more than 40%
Autumn bookings at commercial accommodations are up 42% compared to a year ago, booking site Szallas.hu found in a survey.
6th September, 2022
Day labourers die in car crash
Seven people died when a commuter train travelling from Kecskemét to Baja collided with a car on Monday morning.
5th September, 2022
Romanian carrier starts direct flights to Hungary
Hungarian-owned Romanian airline Aeroexpress Regional will launch direct flights between Budapest and Cluj-Napoca and from Debrecen to Cluj-Napoca and Targu Mures from September 5, the company said.
5th September, 2022
Students for Teachers protest attracts thousands
Several thousand people took part in the Friday afternoon rally organised by students to express support for teachers’ call for higher pay and better working conditions.
2nd September, 2022
Many Lufthansa flights cancelled today
Due to the strike organised by the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit, Lufthansa airlines has cancelled hundreds of Friday flights, including the Budapest-Frankfurt and the Budapest-Munich flights, it was announced on Thursday.
2nd September, 2022
Vodafone Hungary losing money
Vodafone Hungary suffered a Ft 7.4 billion loss in its fiscal year ending on March 31, after being Ft 1.3 billion in the red in the previous year, the subsidiary of the UK telecom company reported on Thursday.
1st September, 2022
New US ambassador coming soon
The new US ambassador-designate David Pressman is due to arrive in Budapest within days, Magyar Nemzet reports, without citing sources.
1st September, 2022
First Walletmor implant installed
Plastic surgeon Mihály Újhelyi informed Portfolio in letter that he has carried out Hungary’s first Walletmor chip implant, inserting the chip in a New Zealand businessman.
31st August, 2022
Spas likely to close for winter
Due to the increase in energy prices and the decline in the number of guests, as many as half of Hungary’s spas may close from autumn until spring, president Zoltán Kántás of the Hungarian Bath Association told Infostart
31st August, 2022
Specialist advocates fifth inoculation
A fifth inoculation against the coronavirus should be permitted, virologist Miklós Rusvai told ATV on Tuesday.
30th August, 2022
Non-EU home buyers active in 2021
Home buyers from outside the EU submitted 2,716 requests for permits to purchase real estate in Hungary last year, up 23% from 2020, according to data from real estate broker Duna House.
29th August, 2022
Weekly’s publication suspended
The publisher is suspending the print publication of the weekly 168 Óra due to high paper and energy prices.
29th August, 2022
Refugee’s body thrown from van in Budapest
A dead body found on Budapest’s Ferenc körút early Friday evening was that of a refugee who had been thrown from a van, according to reports.
26th August, 2022
Invoice factory terminated
The National Tax and Customs Office recently raided 42 locations simultaneously, terminating an invoice factory which is suspected of having caused Ft 2 billion worth of damage to the budget, the organisation announced on Thursday.
26th August, 2022
Train driver unaware of derailment
A freight train derailed between Miskolc and Nyékládháza at dawn on Thursday, causing traffic disruptions.
25th August, 2022
Market-based fuel prices rise on Friday
MOL will raise the wholesale price of fuel from Friday as the forint weakened sharply against the dollar this week.
25th August, 2022
Man suspected of plotting to assault police office
Police on Friday arrested a man suspected of planning a large-scale attack on police officers on August 20.
24th August, 2022
Repossessions soar as moratorium ends
More than 1,100 homes were repossessed and sold by auction in a single month after the moratorium on repossession and evictions ended on June 15, RTL News reported on Tuesday.
24th August, 2022
Bubi celebrates three millionth ride
The Budapest transport centre BKK presented the three millionth Bubi rider with an annual pass in commemoration of the latest ridership milestone on Tuesday.
23rd August, 2022
Retailers challenge price caps in Court
Multinational food chains operating in Hungary have filed a joint complaint asking the Constitutional Court to establish that the government decrees setting the official prices of six basic foods, introduced in February, are unconstitutional, and to annul them with retroactive effect from their promulgation.
23rd August, 2022
Inflation eroding household savings
Hungarian households, and to a lesser extent businesses, are losing hundreds of billions of forints each month due to the high stock of cash and on-sight deposits in the current inflationary environment, G7 writes.
22nd August, 2022
Fireworks postponed for one week
The traditional fireworks display over the Danube in Budapest was cancelled on Saturday, due to the adverse weather conditions, as decided by the task force responsible for hosting the national day events.
22nd August, 2022
MNB warns against MLM schemes
The MNB has issued a warning to consumers against HyperVerse multi-level marketing products (MLM) advertised on social media.
19th August, 2022
Rain threatens weekend festivities
There is a good chance that the August 20 fireworks display will be washed out by rain, and possibly thunderstorms, according to the National Meteorological Service.
19th August, 2022
Gripens intercept Russian jet
The Hungarian Gripen fighter jets defending Baltic airspace received their first alert this year, Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky announced on Facebook on Thursday.
18th August, 2022
BKK raises penalty for fare dodgers
Instant fines for riding without a ticket on the Budapest public transport system will go up from Ft 8,000 to Ft 12,000 from September 1, the Budapest transport centre BKK announced on Wednesday.
18th August, 2022
Ukrainian rapper hits out at Orbán
Ukrainian rapper Alina Pash, criticised Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Hungarians because of the government’s stance on her country’s war with Russia as she performed on the last day of the Sziget Festival.
17th August, 2022
School asks parents to pay for heating
Citing higher energy costs, the headmaster of a secondary school in Budapest’s Third District has asked parents of the school’s pupils for a financial contribution.
17th August, 2022
Media authority objects to lesbian kiss
The media authority NMHH has complained to its Dutch counterpart CVDM, because Netflix, which is registered in The Netherlands, has broadcast a lesbian kiss in a fairly-tale production intended for audiences aged seven or older.
17th August, 2022
Monkeypox vaccine arrives
The monkeypox vaccine has arrived in Hungary in the form of 2,560 doses, enough for 1,280 people, the National Centre for Public Health (NNK) announced on Tuesday.
16th August, 2022
Low grape harvest expected
The grape harvest will amount so some 370 million kilograms, a low figure, the Agriculture Ministry forecast on Monday.
16th August, 2022
Zsa Zsa Gábor’s widower mugged
Prince Frédéric von Anhalt, widower of Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gábor, was mugged recently in downtown Budapest, the tabloid Blikk reports.
15th August, 2022
Filling station owners threaten shutdown
The Association of Independent Gas Stations will not open their facilities as a protest on August 19 and 20, as they have not yet received the state subsidy of Ft 20 per litre due for July.
12th August, 2022
Protester fined for walking too slowly
A protester has been fined Ft 75,000 for intentionally crossing a street too slowly at a zebra crossing in order to obstruct traffic during recent demonstrations against changes to the KATA law.
12th August, 2022
Ryanair discontinues eight routes
Ryanair is to cancel eight of its Budapest destinations, having warned earlier that the imposition of the windfall tax on the company could result in fewer flights.
12th August, 2022
2nd phase of Lake Fertő resort cancelled
The public tender announced for the second phase of the resort development at Lake Fertő has been declared unsuccessful by the state-owned project company Sopron-Fertő Turisztikai Fejlsztő, because “finances for signing the contract were not available”.
11th August, 2022
Bicycle ambulance gets trial run
The National Ambulance Service (OMSZ) is conducting a trial run of a bicycle ambulance unit for employees who are willing to undertake the task for extra pay, Népszava reports.
11th August, 2022
Ukrainian army using Hungarian as code
The Ukrainian army is taking advantage of the obscurity of the Hungarian language to use it as code in radio transmissions.
10th August, 2022
Driving tests available in more languages
Professional drivers can complete the basic and advanced theoretical exams for Hungarian driving licences without the use of an interpreter, using test sheets in English and Russian from September 1, the Examination Centre announced on Tuesday.
10th August, 2022
House of Árpad bones identified
University of Szeged researchers have identified the remains of several Hungarian rulers, including King Saint László, among the bones found in medieval ruins in Székesfehérvár.
9th August, 2022
Ryanair to fight Ft 300mn fine
The consumer protection authority has levied a fine of Ft 300 million on Ryanair, because the low-cost airline raised ticket prices in response to the imposition of a windfall tax on airlines.
9th August, 2022
Opera hit by austerity measures
The State Opera announced on Monday that the government has cut its budget by Ft 600 million, as part of economic austerity measures due to the war in Ukraine.
8th August, 2022
Energy prices will double BKV losses
The BKV’s energy costs doubled in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period of last year, the Budapest public transport company said in response to HVG’s question.
8th August, 2022
Three killed as human trafficker crashes car
Three people were killed and 11 injured when a car carrying illegal immigrants crashed into another vehicle near Bócsa in southern Hungary early Friday morning.
5th August, 2022
Hotels brace for strong fall season
The number of bookings at hotels for September and October is well over last year’s figures and exceeds those of the last quarter of 2019, bookings site Szallas.hu said in an analysis.
5th August, 2022
Man convicted of terrorism caught
A man on the police list of the most wanted 50 criminals, who has been found guilty of committing acts of terror has been caught in Kutasó, Nógrád county, the National Bureau of Investigation announced.
4th August, 2022
Israel limits 4iG to 20% stake in Spacecom
The Israeli Communications Ministry has granted preliminary approval to 4iG’s purchase of a 20% stake in Spacecom, the Hungarian IT company announced on Wednesday.
4th August, 2022
Nearly 100 Covid deaths in one week
Hungary’s official coronavirus fatality toll has reached 46,886 with the deaths of 96 patients since July 27, according to data released on Wednesday.
3rd August, 2022
Upgrade of park in the works
One of the largest parks and perhaps in the worst condition in Budapest is to be upgraded as the city has invited bids for the renovation of the Népliget park in the 10th District.
3rd August, 2022
Lake Velence water level at record low
The water level of Lake Velence shrank to 61cm at Agárd yesterday, the lowest figure recorded since measuring began in 1939, national water management authority OVF announced.
1st August, 2022
Companies may pay taxes in euros and dollars
Businesses can pay corporate and business taxes in euros and dollars in addition to forints, Finance Minister Mihály Varga announced on Facebook on Saturday.
1st August, 2022
Tom Jones gig postponed to next year
British pop singer Tom Jones will perform in Budapest next June, not this month as previously scheduled, promoter Krokodil Rock announced on Friday.
29th July, 2022
Shell temporarily closes filling stations
Shell is temporarily closing five of its 193 filling stations in Hungary from August 1, in order to increase the security of supply, the subsidiary of the multinational oil company announced yesterday.
29th July, 2022
Formula One stars arrive at Hungaroring
The Formula One drivers arrived in Hungary and visited the Hungaroring at Mogyoród on Thursday.
28th July, 2022
Fidesz popularity suffers hugely
Support for Fidesz among eligible voters has dropped sharply in the past month, but it is not likely that the opposition will be able to profit from this, according to András Pulai, the head of the Publicus Institute,
28th July, 2022
Scammers defraud hospitals, councils of Ft 1.2bn
Almost 100 people were arrested in Hungary in the case of a network of criminals that defrauded primarily hospitals, local councils, sports clubs and theatres of Ft 1.2 billion.
27th July, 2022
Woman awakes after nine years in coma
A woman, a mother of two, has regained consciousness after being in a coma for nine years, the tabloid Blikk reports.

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