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December 2015

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Happy 2016! |

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2015

On behalf of all the staff here at Diplomacy & Trade - and Budapest Week Publishing - we wish a very Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2016 to our readers - print and online - wherever they may be in Hungary or anywhere else in the world!

Winter in Budapest - no snow

Year end brings winter weather to Hungary

Dec 30, 2015

Mild winter has ended in Hungary and temperatures have dropped by 8-10 degrees Celcius due to an anticyclone arriving to the Carpathian Basin from Scandinavia. As a result, the minimum temperature will be under freezing point for the new few weeks.

Hungarian-Serbian football player Nemanja Nikolic (in white) |

Hungarian elected top player in Polish soccer

Dec 29, 2015

Hungarian-Serbian striker, Nemanja Nikolic has been named by Canal Plus of Poland as the best player of Ekstraklasa, the Polish football (soccer) first division in the autumn season. Playing for the club Legia Warsaw, Nikolic scored 21 goals in 21 matches.

Hungarian police officers meeting before being sent to Slovenia | Zoltán Máthé / MTI

More Hungarian police to Slovenia

Dec 28, 2015

A second unit of 52 Hungarian police officers left for Slovenia on Monday morning to assist it in halting illegal migration. Slovenia asked for international contribution to illegal migration control efforts at the end of October this year.

A mother from India with her daughter in a downtown Christmas fair in Budapest | Bea Kallos / MTI

Christmas tourism in Hungary

Dec 25, 2015

A lot of foreigners spend Christmas in the Hungarian capital. Hotels in Budapest are full in this Christmas season. According to tourism experts, the city is visited this time of the year by people mainly from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Austria.

Heroes Square in Budapest | Dávid Harangozó

One year passed by

Igor Esmerov
Dec 24, 2015

In the WittyLeaks series, written by ambassadors accredited to Budapest in Diplomacy & Trade, it was the Macedonian ambassador to Hungary, Igor Esmerov who gave account recently of how he sees the Hungarian capital: like a huge open-air museum.

US Ambassador Colleen Bell and the Embassy staff | US Embassy Budapest

Seasons Greetings from US ambassador

Dec 23, 2015

"We wish you feast, happiness, health and prosperity now and into the new year! ... Happy Holidays, Kellemes Ünnepeket!" That is the video message to the Hungarian people for the holiday season from US Ambassador Colleen Bell.

Budapest Mayor István Tarlós announcing city not willing to finance commuter transport | Tamás Kovács / MTI

Budapest not to pay for commuter transport

Dec 22, 2015

In the future, Budapest will not participate in financing public transport for the commuter belt outside the city proper, Mayor István Tarlós said following an apparently unsuccessful marathon talk he had with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The celebration of ancient Magyar traditions in Ada

Ancient Magyar tradition celebrated

Dec 21, 2015

Ada, a northern Serbian village predominantly populated by ethnic Hungarians, was the venue of the celebration of winter solstice on the night of December 21. The event, called 'karacsun', was organized by local organizations cherishing ancient traditions.

Tibor Stumpf

First lung transplant in Hungary - successful

Dec 19, 2015

The first Hungarian lung transplant operation - that took place on December 12, 2015 - was successful. The news was announced this Saturday in the National Istitute of Oncology in Budapest by the Director-General of the Institute, Dr Miklós Kásler.

Dr. Rudolf Sárdi speaking at the opening of the exhibition |

Cambodian tourism promotion in Hungary

Dec 18, 2015

Earlier this month, Dr. Rudolf Sárdi, Head of Mission of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Tourism for Hungary opened the launching of a comprehensive photo exhibition on the beauties of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Hungary’s flag museum.

Hungarian singer Ákos Kovács |

Government avenges Magyar Telekom move

Dec 17, 2015

The Hungarian government instructed its ministries to cancel their contracts with Magyar Telekom after the company broke its sponsorship contract with pop singer Ákos Kovács for his words on women in a television interview.

Hungarian jazz musician and band leader |

Famed Hungarian jazz musician passes away

Dec 16, 2015

Hungarian jazz musician Sándor Benkó, the founder and leader of the Benkó Dixieland Band passed away at the age of 75 in Budapest. An electric engineer by profession, 'Mr. Dixie Teacher', also taught at the Budapest Technical University for decades.

The midibus type to be used in public transport |

More electric buses for Budapest

Dec 15, 2015

The Hungarian Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga signed a financing agreement with Budapest’s public transport company BKV, under which 20 Hungarian-made electric midibuses and the necessary charger technology will be purchased.

IOC President Thomas Bach (on the left) and HOC President Zsolt Borkai in Budapest | Péter Szalmás /

Hungarian Olympic Committee 120 years old

Dec 14, 2015

The Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) celebrates the 120th anniversary of its establishment on December 19th this year. On this occasion, a gala evening took place in the Hungarian Opera House with the participation of IOC President Thomas Bach.

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