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Deepening Understanding and Respect

Naturally, the more of a country you see, the more you'll come to know it. This is why since my arrival in Hungary as Irish Ambassador in August 2019, I set myself the target of visiting at least one Hungarian region, town or city outside Budapest every month. While the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately curtailed […]

Hiking in Hungary

It’s a beautiful summer morning – warm, but between a patchwork of clouds and the elevation of the Kőszeg Mountains, the temperature is pleasant. As I wind my way through birch and pine trees and among white and pink foxglove flowers, I relax into the stillness of the forest.Standing there, it is hard to believe […]

Green Environment for Green Discussions

René van Hell
Aug 11, 2021

Located in a small street of District II in Budapest, shaded by robust trees, a middle-sized villa gives home to the Dutch ambassador’s residence. The building has an intriguing historical background. The story of the occupants of the house is a bit of a mirror of Hungary’s recent history. Changing famous handsThe house was built […]

Get on the Bike and Explore More of Hungary!

As an environmentally conscious citizen, active transportation is very important to me. It is a way to reduce our impact on the environment while maintaining an active lifestyle that integrates physical exercise in our daily activity. These modes of transportation also bring important economic and social benefits, from infrastructure investment to sustainable urban planning, to […]

From Bangkok to Budapest

In the WittyLeaks series, Diplomac&Trade regularly publishes the personal accounts of ambassadors and other diplomatic mission leaders accredited to Budapest. This time, the Ambasador of Thailand describes his pursuing of photography both in his native country and Hungary. “Life is like a camera, just focus on what is important and capture the good times.” This […]

Hungary – Feels Like at Home

In Diplomacy & Trade’s Witty Leaks series, diplomats give their personal account of the experiences of their “excursions” to Hungarian culture, art, gastronomy and landscape. This time, it is about similarties between Hungarisn and Kazakhs in the past and in the present. In October 2019, arriving as my country's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Budapest […]

Art & Culture: a Bridge between Ireland & Hungary

In the WittyLeaks series, Diplomac&Trade regularly publishes the personal accounts of ambassadors and other diplomatic mission leaders accredited to Budapest. This time, the Irish ambassador shares the story of an artist connecting his country with Hungary. Art and culture has the power to connect people, to bridge divides, either physical or emotional. I come to […]

The Belgian of Szentendre

D&T
Jan 5, 2021

Opposite the Central Station in Brussels, at the entrance from the ‘Spanjeplein’, a statue of 20th century Hungarian composer Béla Bartók was inaugurated in 1995. It was a gift from the city of Budapest on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bartók's death. That year, a series of concerts ‘Jubilate Hungaria 95’ around the […]

Countryside as Energy Boost

There are at least two things that I have learned since I started my life as a diplomat 35 years ago. First, that time flies. Even if three or four years may seem as an eternity when you arrive to your new posting, there are so many things in your work that will absorb you […]

Hungarian children leaving for the Netherlands by children's train at the Keleti railway station

Multi-Level Bonds

This year marks the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between the Netherlands and Hungary, and so, it is an excellent occasion to enlist examples in history that make up a multi-level bond between the two countries and the two peoples. When I say our common history dates back to centuries, I mean it. Perhaps […]

Katrine (8) with her coach, Hungary’s first European figure skating champion, Júlia Sebestyén

Four Years in Budapest and 40 in Diplomacy

Olav Berstad
Aug 31, 2020

In the WittyLeaks series, Diplomacy&Trade regularly publishes the personal accounts of ambassadors and other diplomatic mission leaders accredited to Budapest. This time, the departing Norwegian ambassador looks back at his career. I have now over 40 years of diplomatic service behind me, continuously since 1980. I was very pleased to be posted as ambassador to Budapest. […]

The Spring When COVID-19 Came

In the WittyLeaks series, Diplomac&Trade regularly publishes the personal accounts of ambassadors and other diplomatic mission leaders accredited to Budapest. This time, the Malaysian Ambassador shares his thoughts of living through periods of epidemic. The rapid and sudden global spread of the novel coronavirus, the cause of the COVID-19 disease, has been disruptive and played […]

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