Interesting facts about Hungary
1. The famous escapologist Erik Weisz, known as Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary (1874).
2. Paramount Pictures founder Adolf Zukor, Vilmos Fried (known as William Fox), and Casablanca director Michael Curtiz all are from Hungary. So Hollywood would not be Hollywood without hungarians.
3. The world’s greatest female chess champion is hungarian.
4. Water polo is our national sport. The most famous game of water polo in history was at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics between Hungary and the USSR in which Hungary won (4-0).
5. It’s considered rude to clink your beer glasses.
6. The Rubik cube, the ballpoint pen, the noiseless match and the krypton electric bulb are hungarian inventions. Also the discoverer of vitamin B6 was hungarian.
7. Hungary won 13 nobel prizes bagging all categories except peace, which is more than Japan, China, Spain, India and Australia.
8. In Budapest’s City Park there’s a statue named Anonymus. The legend says that if you’ll touch the statue’s pen it will bless you with great writing skills.
9. Hungary has around 450 public spas and bathhouses. A prominent bathing culture has existed since Roman times.
10. Elvis Presley is an honorary citizen of Budapest.
11. The hungarian language is one of the most difficult languages in the world.
12. Paprika is a very important spice here! Hungarians love spicy food.
13. Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded before France, Germany or England.
14. Only five countries have won more more Summer Olympic gold medals than Hungary. Hungary ranks 9th out of 211 participating nations, with a total of 448 medals. By population size, Hungary is second only to Finland in terms of overall medals won.
15. About one third of native hungarians live outside Hungary, mostly in Romania.