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Brick by Brick: A Visit to LEGO’s Factory in Eastern Hungary

 “It’s no sin to make a mistake!”—This quote, from LEGO’s former managing director Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, can be found in the magazine of the company’s Nyiregyháza factory. Christiansen’s personal leadership style encouraged workers to come up with their own ideas, even at the risk of making mistakes. The company’s Hungarian factory, in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg country, will be undergoing a 30 billion-forint […]

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Parallels and differences between the independence drive of Catalonia and the autonomy ambitions of Székely Land in Transylvania

Catalonia and Szeklerland, or Székely Land, as the latter’s residents call themselves, are both thousand-year-old autochthonous ethnic regions. It is a no-brainer that they both want to be free from oppression and both want to dream about autonomy and self-determination. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was a seismic political moment in the Western world that could fuel more […]

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“Over the Last Ten Years, Expenditures have Grown Ten-Fold”: Exclusive Interview with Árpád Potápi, State Secretary for Policy for Hungarian Communities Abroad

Last month, Hungary Today interviewed Árpád Potápi, the Hungarian government’s State Secretary for Policy for Hungarian Communities Abroad. Over the course of the interview, the right-wing politician discussed programs aimed at helping Hungarian communities worldwide, the government’s ever-increasing expenditures on ‘national policy’ issues, the possibility of territorial autonomy for Romania’s Szekler Hungarian minority, and other related topics. This interview has […]

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Hungarian Review: Tarcal and the Wine of Kings – Travelling in the Tokaj Region

As harvest season is very much upon us, we at Hungary Today are happy to present an essay on the country’s most famous wine region, Tokaj-Hegyalja, courtesy of  the literary journal The Hungarian Review. In the article below, author Gordon McKechnie describes his experience visiting the villages of the Tokaj region and tasting its world-class wines, while at the same time providing an […]

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Hungary Is Ranked High In The World On Peace And Security – Here Are A Few Reasons Why…

It is all over the news and international media organizations acknowledge Hungary to be a safe, peaceful and secure country overall. This assessment is reiterated by tourism experts and international travel writers. It is also ascertained by international institutions. According to a 2012 study of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Hungary had an intentional homicide rate of […]

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“Over the Last 16 months, They have Tried to Imprison me 12 times”: Exclusive Interview with Vietnamese Human-Rights Activist Nguyen Quang A

Over the summer, Hungary Today had the unique opportunity to sit down in Hanoi for an interview with Nguyen Quang A, one of Vietnam’s most well-known and well-respected human-rights activists, and a key advocate for greater democracy in his country. Over the course of the interview, he spoke about his earlier work helping to introduce the internet to Vietnam, as […]

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Waiting for Irma – A Live Report From Florida!

ONE OF THE LARGEST HURRICANES IN DECADES IS ABOUT TO SWEEP THROUGH FLORIDA, HAVING ALREADY DEMOLISHED PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN We all remember Barney Flintstone’s (Béni’s) lovely wife Irma from the Hungarian version of the renowned cartoon series The Flintstones. This time, however, Irma, the hurricane is not going to be gracious and friendly at all. Forecasters predict it to […]

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“My father had everything taken away from him, first by the Nazis, then by the Communists”: Interview with Dr. Alfréd Paszternák

At the end of July, Hungary Today interviewed Dr. Alfréd Paszternák, Obstetrician and gynecologist, external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and founding member of the Friends of Hungary Foundation. He spoke with us about his experiences surviving the the Holocaust, the Stalinist regime of Mátyás Rákosi, and the Revolution of 1956, as well as his career as a […]

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Hungarian Educator Andrea Papp: England and the English Through the Eyes of a ‘Bloody Foreigner’

The following essay is a personal reflection by Dr. Andrea Papp (1950 Debrecen), an associate professor at ELTE university. Her main fields are English children’s literature and literary translation. She has compiled some university textbooks and written a number of articles concerning the above topics. *** First of all, let me define the three most important notions in the title: […]