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A Look at the Geography of Hungary


Above is a map that can be used as a visual aid for the distance that one must travel in order to get from Illinois to Hungary. Illinois is located in the United
States on the North American continent, and Hungary is a part of Eastern Europe.

To the left is a map of the different ethnic groups that made up Hungary and other countries in 1910. Although it is one hundred years later, Hungary still primarily consists of Hungarians, Germans, and Romanians. The surrounding countries consisted of Italian, Slovakian, and Ukrainian people.



To the right is a map of the population of Hungary. It depicts the persons per square mile of the different regions and the darker the shade of green, the more people per square mile in that area. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has the most people per square mile. However, Kaposvar has the smallest amount of persons per square mile. Can you think of a reason why the capital might have the greatest number of persons per square mile?

hungary_map_2.gif This map shows Hungary as being "landlocked" between Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, and Romania. The longest river in Eastern Europe, the Danube, can be seen traveling through the middle of Hungary. To the left of the Danube River, the Balaton Lake, which is one of the largest natural water lakes in Eastern Europe is a therapeutic attraction for many visitors. The Balaton Lake is only 3 m deep and due to its shallowness, the lake stays rather warm throughout all of summer. The western part of Hungary is known as the "Transdanubia" and consists of smaller hills with flat and open ranges. The eastern part of Hungary has a flat land called the "Great Plain". At the top of the eastern region of Hungary, extending toward the Ukraine border, are the northern Hungarian mountain ranges. Hungary has a chain of middle-high mountains. Hungary is split into three major geographical areas; the Great Affold, the Transdanubia, and the Northern Hills. (MapsofWorld,2011) (CIA-TheWorldFactbook,2011)

Geography Facts of Hungary:
  • The total area of Hungary is 93,028 square miles- from this total, land covers 89,608 square miles and water covers the remaining 3,420 square miles.
  • Interestingly, Hungary is comparative to Indiana in the United States.
  • Hungary is considered "landlocked", which means that it is not surrounded by water but other countries.
  • The climate is temperate (mild temperatures), cold, and cloudy. The winters are usually humid, and the summers are warm. July and August are considered to be the hottest months, while January to February are the coldest months. During January and February, the temperature drops to the mid twenties.
  • The lowest elevation point in Hungary is the Tisza River which is 78 m and the highest point/peak is the Kekes-teto which is 1, 014 m.
  • Natural resources include: bauxite (sedimentary rock), coal, natural gas, fertile soils, and arable land (land used for growing crops).
(CIA- World Factbook, 2011)

Tisza River (lowest elevation point)

Kekes-tote Peak (highest elevation point)

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