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To start this journey to the grand land we will first look at the beautiful captivating waters that have drawn people to their shores for decades. To start we will look at the river that cuts through the grand city and capital Budapest, this river is the second longest river in the world this river cuts a 1,770 mile path through Europe and goes through the countries of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine and meets its unsettling demise in the black sea. There are also several other rivers that flow through the country including but not limited to The Tisza, the Zagyva, and the Raba. The land also holds the Balaton Lake which is roughly 77 km in length and 3-4 m in the depth with the deepest spot reaching about 11m. This lake is one of the top summer resorts in the country with over 200 car loads of people who travel there every year to views its beautiful reflections. The land also holds more than just lakes and rivers. It is also home to the grand mountain Kekes which is part of the regions central highland belt formed from the intense volcanic heat of lava. This mountain is roughly 3327 ft tall and is the highest point in the mountain range. This wonderfully beautiful country is bordered by 7 different country’s which are Austria 366 km, Croatia 329 km, Romania 443 km, Serbia 166 km, Slovakia 676 km, Slovenia 102 km, Ukraine 103 km and as it happens hungry is as land locked as Colorado with no borders having touching any other large seas or oceans.
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For the next leg of our journey we will be looking at the politics of Hungary and the history that the country has seen in politics. We will also be looking at the things that Hungary are participating in outside of the country like conflicts and any agreements or alliances that they have formed over time. Then we will finish off by exploring the role of women in the coulter and by viewing the different religions and ethnic groups that make it up and the different languages that are spoken throughout this great and beautiful land, so take your seat and hold on as we travel over sea and land to a place that isn’t as perfect as a lot of people may think it is.
In Hungary they have a parliamentary democracy similar to use. They have the judicial, legislate, and executive branches. The executive branch and the country are currently run by Prime Minister Viktor ORBAN (since 29 May 2010) who although was at first thought to be creating the strongest government since the fall of communism in 1989 this however doesn’t last as victor starts to make changes to Hungary’s constitution that some feel are actually limiting the freedoms of Hungarian people. For instance the ability for the government to help students pay for college is limited to only those who decide to stay and work in the country. It also is apparent that not all are ok with his economic ways as he has very drastic economic policies that make his foreign partners worried. These new constitutional changes are also making many worried because it allows the legislature branch to be undermined and is making steps closer to a similar government of north Korea. Orban insists that this is all to help give the country a stronger government but new foreign policy’s on trading that’s causing his foreign partners to also be worried, and higher taxes being put on the central bank which is leading to the country’s drop in GDP since no one wants to loan from this bank any more. This then it leads one to think if victors methods are really panning out to be what the Hungarian government needs. During January of 2012 when the new constitution amendments were supposed to go into effect a giant rally of over 3000 people gathered in front of the parliament building in Budapest to try and protest the new amendments however it was to no use and the prime minister and his staff sat inside cheering and celebrating as the new amendments took effect. It is hard to decipher if what Orban is doing is good for the country of Hungary, it’s like he is trying to make the country a more self-sustainable place without the need of to much help which in turn is an ok thing because it allows the country to focus on what is best for the people of hungry but will also at the same time make others feel who want to leave the country like they have les options it may also make other country’s a little more upset and can in turn lead to the burning of bridges which could in turn could lead to the ejection from the EU and other foreign alliances . This is also causing an up rest to EU because it’s not a common policy strategy and is not common EU politics; they are quoted to say the following “concerns with respect to the principle of the rule of law, E.U. law and Council of Europe standards.” The US is also starting to raise alarm and have this to say the “the amendment could threaten the principles of institutional independence and checks and balances that are the hallmark of democratic governance.”
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The country of Hungary is broken into 19 counties with 173 micro regions within it with Budapest being its own micro region. The history of these county’s date back to the time of sir king Stephen the first (975-1038), Since then the prefixes that go to the counties have changed from Royal, Nobilary, Civic, then Socialist (Council/Soviet) counties and more recently have been called local authority county’s ( since 1990). Within these counties there is a mix of different types of language and ethnic groups, in terms of language there is a mix of mostly Hungarian with a slight mix of other unspecified languages, and then in ethnic groups there are a mix of Hungarian, Romania, and other unspecified groups. Finally from a religious stand point there is a mix of Roman Catholic, Calvinist, Lutheran, Greek Catholic, other, none, unspecified.
For the last section of this paper we will examine the place of women in Hungary and what their roles are and is generally expected of them. For instance in Hungary moms are given 3 years of maternity leave however the pay is usually low and most marriages are over before the child is born so women in Hungary are actually in a relatively tough spot because they want to work but in the country they are expected to stay home and take care of the children and house while the husband goes out and makes the bread and butter however there isn’t a lot of feminist movements in Hungary and when interviewed by western feminist about why that is they generally answer with we do not have time with imported ideas like that and need to be more focused on such things as finding a stable job and trying to support their families. I did find a movement that was called the Hungarian women’s alliance however there main website was not in English like a lot of the websites I found and thus didn’t search into it too much. It is very interesting to see the dynamic that they want better things for themselves but don’t want the ideas of western feminists.
During the research of this report I got to learn a lot of things about this grand country and my want to go and visit is even stronger. It’s a beautiful fun country that although has a lot of problems in its politics still has a very interesting society that is filled with all sorts of different culture and ethnic groups and when it comes down to it is just a very dynamic and varied place. I also did some side research on some of the foods found and I really want to go and have dinner there to .
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