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Hungary is located in central Europe and it covers about 93000 square kilometers It is bounded to the north by Slovakia to the east by Ukraine and Romania to the south by Yugoslavia and Croatia and to the west by Slovenia and Austria Most of the eastern part of the country is flat but the northwestern area has rolling hills and low mountains Almost 55 of the land is suitable for cultivation allowing the country to be nearly self-sufficient in food The capital city is Budapest which lies on both sides of the Danube River One-fifth of Hungarys population resides in this city The climate is continental with cold winters and warm pleasant summers There are four distinct seasons The average temperature in winter is 32 degrees Fahrenheit and in the summer within 70-75 degrees FahrenheitWestern Hungary became part of the Roman Empire in 14 bc as the province of Pannonia but the east remained in the hands of Germanic and other tribes In the fifth century Magyars began migrating from the east By the end of the ninth century the Magyars had conquered the resident Moravians and begun permanent settlement Christianity was introduced in the late 10th century King Stephen was Hungarys first king in 1000 AD who converted the people to ChristianityThe official language is Magyar or Hungarian Magyar is part of the Finno-Ugrian group of the Uralic family of languages which includes Estonian and Finnish There is a large Romany community numbering between 500000 and 700000 people along with Croat German Romanian Serbian Slovak Slovene and Jewish minorities About 98 of the population speak Hungarian but most minority groups also speak their own languages in addition to Hungarian The average Hungarian family has three people Urban families tend to be smaller than rural ones The cost of living is high in cities and housing is often limited The father maintains the dominant role in the family but both parents usually work About
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