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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Hungary


The people of Hungary are overwhelmingly ethnic Magyar (sometimes referred to in English as Hungarian). This ethnic group is a combination of ancient European people as well as migrating peoples from Asia. This includes aspects of what are today the Slavic people, Turkic people, and Germanic peoples and the more recently (900s) introduced Uralic people from Central Asia. Genetically they are much more similar to the Indo-Europeans groups than they are to Central Asians as they are truly a combination of all these people.


There is no official language in Hungary, but nearly everyone speaks Hungarian (also sometimes referred to as Magyar in English), which is one of the few non-European languages in Europe today. Hungarian is a Uralic language from Central Asia and its closest relatives, other than a few minor languages in Siberia, are Finnish and Estonian.

Most people in Hungary also speak English as a second language, this is especially true among the younger generation as more and more people are learning English each year.


Just over half the population of Hungary is Catholic. One of the larger minority groups proclaim no religious affiliation or are atheist, although a couple Christian Protestant religions are also practiced in smaller numbers.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014