Territory in central Europe, ruled since 1989 by the Magyarország


Hungary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. The capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group, and is a Schengen state. The official language is Hungarian, also known as Magyar, which is part of the Finno-Ugric group and is the most widely spoken non-Indo-European language in Europe. ..."

Birthplace of

Peter Thomas Bauer, Pieter Tamas Bauer, in Budapest, on 1915
Tibor Machan, Tibor Richard Machan, in Budapest, on 18 Mar 1939
Thomas Szasz, Thomas Stephen Szasz, in Budapest, on 15 Apr 1920

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 7.92, Rank: 37, Personal Freedom: 8.54, Economic Freedom: 7.30, Democracy Index: 6.64
Hungary | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 79, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"Support for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Alliance of Young Democrats–Hungarian Civic Union (Fidesz) party declined steeply at the end of 2014 and in the first months of 2015. Together with its junior coalition partner, the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), it lost two parliamentary by-elections in 2015, the first of which went to a leftist candidate and cost the coalition its two-thirds parliamentary supermajority."
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.30, Rank: 57


"Every Day is 1956": The Hungarian Revolution Today, by James Bovard, 27 Oct 2006
"Fifty years ago, the Hungarian people bravely expelled Soviet tanks from Budapest and proclaimed their intention to create a democracy. ... Two and a half years later, it was the Hungarians who, more than any other Eastern Europeans, brought the Iron Curtain crashing down. In May 1989, Hungarian government officials cut the barbed wire on the border with Austria. ... Hungary again reminds us that we do not need to bow down to whomever manages to capture political power."
Give Me Liberty, by Rose Wilder Lane, 1936
Originally published as an article titled "Credo" in the Saturday Evening Post; describes her experiences in and history of Soviet Russia and Europe, contrasting them with the history of the United States, emphasizing the individualist themes
"In 1922, as a foreign correspondent in Budapest, I accompanied such a police raid. ... The policemen grinned with that peculiar enjoyment of human beings in possessing such power. They went through the men's pockets, making some little jest at this object and that. They found the Labor cards, inspected them, thrust them back in the pockets. ... In every place, a few cards failed to pass the examination. No employer had stamped them during the past three days, men and women were loaded into the patrol wagon."