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HungarianBackground and status

The name ‘Hungarian’ is thought to have come from the word Onogur, which is the name of a Turkish tribe and means ‘ten arrows’.   Like Finnish and Estonian, it belongs to the Uralic language family.  It is one of the few languages of Europe that are not part of the Indo-European family.

In the country of Hungary, it is the official language. However, it is also an official language in several other countries, such as Slovakia, Slovenia and Austria. There are around 13 million native speakers worldwide, though the majority of around 10 million live in modern Hungary. It is also one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.

The country of Hungary used to have a much wider border than it does in the present day. When the region was known as the Kingdom of Hungary, certain areas that are now part of present day Romania used to be part of this Kingdom.  As such, there are now around a million speakers of the Hungarian language living in Transylvania in Romania. 

Growth and usage

In Europe, the Hungarian language is the one that is the most spoken, aside from Indo-European languages.  It is used in education and government administration.

In terms of business and economy, Hungary has a high income economy.  Though it may be a country that is over-looked by certain businesses, translating into the Hungarian language could open up some very interesting opportunities for an international business.

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