Population & People of Hungary

Are you going on holiday to Hungary? Are you interested in learning about the background of the people & population of Hungary? Our guide to the population of Hungary gives you the facts & information you’ll want to know.

Hungary is an average sized country located in central Europe with a population of between 10 and 11 million people. The population of Hungary is composed of several different ethnic peoples, which are mentioned below.

Magyar Population in Hungary

The Magyar people make up the majority of the population of Hungary. The Magyars are an unusual people in that little is known about their origins although it is widely held that they are originally from Asia and settled in the Carpathian basin which is today Hungary at some point during the 10th to 11th century. What is particularly strange about the Magyar people, who are experts an horse riding in Hungary, is that their language is not Indo- European like all other languages in Europe and many in Asia, which casts further mystery around the origins of the Magyar.

Roma population in Hungary

The Gypsies are probably the most notorious ethnic minority that are part of the total population of Hungary. The Gypsy population number about 250,000 and are the most deprived and under privileged section of the population in Hungary. They have traditionally suffered a stigma of being untrustworthy and all too often have become the scapegoats for other wider social problems, not only in Hungary but other Eastern European countries where they are found.

Other ethnic minorities in Hungary

Other ethnic minorities that form part of the total population of Hungary are comprised mainly from the dominant ethnic groups found in neighbouring countries. Ethnic Germans, Slovaks, Croats and Serbs are all represented in the overall population of Hungary, although in combination they are believed to form not much more than 1% of the overall population.

Population life expectancy in Hungary

Average life expectancy among the population in Hungary is slightly lower than one would find in many other Western European countries. Average life expectancy for men in Hungary is 65 while for women it is 74. This is due to a combination of factors, one of which is the traditional Hungarian diet which is not particularly healthy.

Magyar population outside of Hungary

Because the Magyars are the dominant people in this particular region of Central Europe there is a large section of the Magyar community that actually live outside the borders of modern day Hungary.  There are believed to be approximately 5 million ethnic Magyar people living outside of Hungary. The largest non Hungarian Magyar population is to be found in Romania where they number about 2 million. There are believed to be over one million Magyar people living in Slovakia and Yugoslavia.

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