Central-European, landlocked Hungary draws an increasing amount of expats to its improving economy and relaxed pace of life. Immigrants enjoy a relaxed workplace, a great work/life balance, dropping unemployment numbers and an increasing average wage.
And life outside of work? Expect a warm welcome in the country that’s home to the most inviting city of Europe. Locals are known for being helpful and friendly, and not just to foreigners. Hungarians love sitting in cafes and taking time to socialize is part of their culture. Besides being welcoming, Hungarians are straightforward and somewhat cautious in business. Trust is very important so take your time to invest in personal relationships. It will make business smoother.
Many Hungarians speak English, especially younger generations, and German is also widely spoken. But taking a language course can definitely work in your benefit and locals really appreciate it when foreigners make an effort to learn their language.
Apart from a great work culture, Hungary is a wonderful country to discover. Traveling by public transport is easy and well managed and there are many places to explore. The countryside hides more than 1000 thermal springs, 10 national parks and ‘the Hungarian sea’, which is one of Europe’s biggest lakes, with countless beaches.
Hungary is part of the EU so people with citizenship of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in Hungary.
Here are some of the ways to live in Hungary if you are a citizen of a non-EEA country:
Citizenship by Naturalisation
The passport for Hungary allows you to travel to 155 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 28.