The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

  • A stunning capital with unique setting A stunning capital with unique setting
  • walking and birdwatching paradise walking and birdwatching paradise
  • undisturbed nature rich in rare species undisturbed nature rich in rare species
  • enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track enjoy the 144 mile lakeside cycle track
  • Teeming with History Teeming with History
  • over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes over 300 Thermal Health Spas and warm lakes
  • picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb picturesque lakes with Carp weighing over 100 lb
  • Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit Feast on delicious sunripened local fruit
  • Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer Lake Balaton gets as warm as the Caribbean in the summer
  • Tranquil Lake Balaton Tranquil Lake Balaton
  • Lush rolling hills of western Hungary Lush rolling hills of western Hungary
  • buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000.. buy a thatched cottage for under £30 000..
  • horsemen and nature lovers paradise horsemen and nature lovers paradise
  • Europe's second largest freshwater lake Europe's second largest freshwater lake
  • A paradise for watersport enthusiasts A paradise for watersport enthusiasts
  • Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature Tihany peninsula- a pearl of history and nature

English media in Hungary

In Hungary, there are some English-language newspapers and magazines and most cover the cultural life in Budapest. However there are no dedicated TV or Radio stations in English.

There are also a range of online media resources.

Many international newspapers are sold at shops and news-stands especially in Budapest, particularly in those belonging to the network of Relay or Immedio or at the larger hotels.

Thanks to the Internet you can still listen to most of your favourite radio stations online, and watch a variety of programs. Some TV programs however are restricted to UK territory, but can still be accessed if you set up a UK IP address, which we will write about in details soon.

Print Publications

Budapest Times: A weekly newspaper featuring articles on business, politics, culture, health, the economy and restaurants.

Budapest Panorama: Culture, leisure and entertainment magazine for visitors and residents in Budapest.

Funzine: A free bimonthly magazine available from restaurants, bars, tourist offices and cultural centres in Budapest. News and information about sports, travel, tourism, accommodation, events and culture in the city.

Trade Magazine: Provides monthly information about the market of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).

Online Media

Best of Budapest: Information about dining, accommodation, travel and events in Budapest.

Budapest Business Journal: Information about Hungarian business, economy and finance.

http://www.caboodle.hu/: is great portal to follow the Hungarian news, very witty sometimes cheeky style of writing.

http://hvg.hu/english: This is the Hungarian equivalent of the Economist, many of the articles appear in English on their website, a great place to read about politics and economics.

Hungary Around the Clock: Daily news in English about Hungary.

Hungary News: News service for foreigners living in Hungary.

Portfolio: Online financial journal providing information about the economy, property, taxes, energy and companies. You can subscribe to the online edition and get the local news for free.

Radio

The only radio station broadcasting in English is EPER on FM97 (University Radio of the city of Pest). This is a community station with broadcasts by students and teachers of the University, or from other higher education institutions. English broadcasting takes place every Saturday at 09:00 CET.

Television

Hungary uses the PAL transmission system. There is both digital and terrestrial transmission at the moment but the terrestrial will be gradually phased out by the end of 2014.

There are a few local terrestrial channels that can be viewed without a subscription and there is no TV tax/ licence. Most channels require subscription via a television company. Many foreign channels like History, Discovery or BBC are now dubbed into Hungarian. Some transmitter boxes give the option to set language preferences, some not. It is advisable to shop around and ask the already settled expats, to find out in advance which channels are in English, and which provider is good to use. Often channels are listed as both “magyar, angol” (Hungarian, English) but in reality it often means that only a few programs are in English, the rest are dubbed.

Most ex Pats watch UK TV programmes via SKY – through a Satellite dish or by streaming over the Internet