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Joulupukki – The Original Finnish Santa Claus Arrives To Hungary On 1 December
The Original Finnish Santa Claus arrives to Hungary already for the 16th time this December. Santa Claus, or Joulupukki as Finns call him, flies all the way from the Lappish town of Rovaniemi with Finnair’s airplane and arrives to Budapest airport on Friday 1stof December around 11.00 am. (XpatLoop.com)
Govt Sees Necessity For ‘Significant’ Pay Rise In Education, Health
Hungary’s education and health care would need a “significant” pay hike in the 2018-2022 period, government office chief János Lázár told an event organised by national employer federation MGYOSZ. Lázár said that unless salaries are raised, Hungary will be unable to close the gap with western Europe. (XpatLoop.com)
Hungary's Natural Population Decline Accelerates Further
Hungary’s natural population decline grew in the first nine months of the year as the number of births edged down by 1.2% and the number of deaths was up by 5.9% compared with the same period last year, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) reported. (XpatLoop.com)
Migration, Terrorism, Hybrid Threats In Focus At Parliamentary NATO Conference
Mass migration, terrorism, hybrid threats, fake news and growing nationalism in Ukraine were in focus at the 21st International Parliamentary NATO Conference organised in Budapest. In his opening address, deputy parliamentary speaker Csaba Hende said international relations were characterised by uncertainty and unpredictability. In recent years, the threats facing the Euro-Atlantic region have grown more serious and complex, he told the conference. (XpatLoop.com)
Orbán Leaves For Brussels, Budapest To Host CEEC-China Summit
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán left for Brussels to participate in the fifth summit meeting of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership, the head of his press office told MTI. The event will give an opportunity for Orban to hold further consultations about Ukraine’s new education law, which harshly restricts minority rights, Bertalan Havasi said. (XpatLoop.com)
MNB OKs First “Home Lottery” Request
The central bank has approved the application of Central NOK Szervezo to organise the first national home purchasing community, with 180 members, after it had received a license in the spring. NOK is the first to launch the scheme dubbed by the media as “home lottery”. (XpatLoop.com)
Nearly HUF 5bn Spent On Gov’t Propaganda
Nearly Ft 5 billion of taxpayers’ money was spent on government propaganda in the third quarter of 2017, HirTV said on Thursday, citing Cabinet Office advertisement costs data obtained by Átlátszó. (XpatLoop.com)
Viktor Orbán’s Party Commands Strong Lead In Budapest
With a fifth of voting-age Hungarians resident in Budapest — traditionally an opposition stronghold — the strength of support for the ruling Fidesz-led alliance in the capital is a national bellwether just five months before the 2018 general election, the Nézőpont Institute said, noting that Fidesz enjoys 45 percent support among the capital’s decided voters. (XpatLoop.com)