Flag of Hungary

Hungary Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesHU, HUN
Official NameHungary
Government TypeParliamentary Republic
CurrencyHungarian Forint (HUF)
Calling Code+36
Member OfUnited Nations, European Union, NATO, OECD, WTO, Visegrád Group
PopulationApproximately 9.6 million (as of 2023)
Total Area93,030 square kilometers
Highest PointKékes (1,014 meters or 3,327 feet)
Lowest PointTisza River (76 meters or 249 feet)
GDP Per CapitaAround $17,000 USD
Life ExpectancyApproximately 76 years
Internet TLD.hu

Hungarian National Anthem

Himnusz (Hymn)

O Lord, bless the nation of Hungary
With your grace and bounty
Extend over it your guarding arm
During strife with its enemies
Long torn by ill fate
Bring upon it a time of relief
This nation has suffered for all sins
Of the past and the future!

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Hungarian Flag

The Hungarian flag, as we know it today, was officially adopted on October 12, 1957, but its history and symbolism date back much further. The flag is a tricolor consisting of horizontal stripes of red, white, and green. These colors have been associated with Hungary since the 13th century, and they are also found in the national coat of arms.

The red stripe symbolizes strength and bravery, the white stripe signifies faithfulness and loyalty, and the green stripe represents hope and freedom. These colors were prominently used during the 1848-1849 revolution against the Habsburgs, a pivotal moment in Hungarian history. This revolution is a key element in the national consciousness and the fight for independence and democracy.

Throughout its history, Hungary’s flag has undergone several changes, especially during various periods of foreign rule and political upheaval. The current flag design was established during the Hungarian People’s Republic period, but it removed the communist symbol from the flag after the transition to a democratic republic in 1989.

The flag is not just a national symbol; it’s a representation of Hungary’s turbulent past, resilience, and the spirit of its people. The use of these colors in the flag has been consistent since the 19th century, and they have come to represent the nation’s enduring identity. The Hungarian flag, as it stands today, reflects the country’s journey through monarchy, occupation, revolution, and its ongoing quest for sovereignty and democratic governance. It stands as a symbol of national unity, cultural heritage, and the resilience of the Hungarian spirit in the face of adversity.