Renowned for its neo-Gothic Parliament, the country’s largest building, Budapest is the capital city of Hungary.
Euromonitor International ranks Budapest in 49th place among the world’s most tourist-visited cities for 2015 far behind Hong Kong, second place Bangkok, third place London and fifth place Paris. Nicknames for Budapest include the Heart of Europe, Queen of the Danube and Capital of Freedom.
Hungary exported US$113.6 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2017, according to the estimates from the International Trade Centre. Hungary’s highest-value exports are cars, automotive parts and accessories, medicines, piston engines, phone sets including smartphones and computers.
Capital Facts for Budapest, Hungary: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Castle Hill
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Budapest, Hungary:
- George Soros, billionaire investment expert (born Aug. 12, 1930)
- Ernő Rubik, architect & Rubik’s Cube inventor (born Jul. 13, 1944)
- Barbara Palvin, model & actress (born Oct. 8, 1993)
- Harry Houdini, magician & illusionist (born Mar. 24, 1874)
- Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress & socialite (born Feb. 6, 1917)
- George A. Olah, chemist & Nobel Prize winner (born May 22, 1927)
- Krisztina Barta, ice dancer (born May 9, 1991)
- László Kutas, sculptor (born Apr. 17, 1936)
- Peter Lax, mathematician (born May 1, 1926)
- Eva Gabor, actress (born Feb. 11, 1919)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Budapest resident: Budapester
Population: 1,759,407 (Budapest city)
Density: 8,676 people per square mile (3,350 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,303,786 (Budapest metropolitan area)
Density: 1,122 people per square mile (433 per square kilometer)
Population: 9,874,784 (Hungary)
Density: 285 people per square mile (110 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$267.6 billion as of October 2016 (for Hungary, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $27,211
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Budapest were unavailable.
Official currency used in Budapest: Hungarian forint
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 3, 2016
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CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 3, 2016
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International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 7, 2017
Official Government Website, Budapest. Accessed on December 3, 2016
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Budapest. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Wikipedia, Budapest metropolitan area. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Wikipedia, Hungary. Accessed on February 7, 2017
One of the European Union’s largest cities, Budapest administrative limits contain an area measuring 203 square miles (525 square kilometers) in which an estimated 1.8 million people lived in 2016).
The Budapest metropolitan area reflects urban growth crystalized by commuter traffic to and from Budapest and its surrounding suburbs. A vast expanse of 2,944 square miles (7,625 square kilometers), the Budapest metropolitan area is home to approximately 2.9 million residents.
At the country level, Hungary’s land area covers 34,598 square miles (89,608 square kilometers). The national population count was 9.9 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within the administrative perimeter for Hungary’s capital city, with an average 8,700 Budapesters per square mile (3,400 per square kilometer).
Over the larger Budapest metropolitan area, density diminishes to an average 1,100 people per square mile (433 per square kilometer).
For Hungary overall, population density drops to an average 300 inhabitants per square mile (110 per square kilometer).
Hungarians celebrate Saint Stephen’s Day each August 20.