You’ll hear the term Hungarikum mentioned in articles relating to Hungary

It’s actually a collective term indicating its values and distinction within a particular area of Hungarian culture. It was organized in the first part of the millennium in order to give a legal framework to Hungarian people to identify their own values, but even more importantly, to contribute to the promotion of collected values. This was established in law by the Hungarian government on April 2, 2012 through the Act of Hungarikum. 

Hungarikum classifies areas in Hungarian culture - through committees formed by the government - that are worthy of special or unique distinction   There are five committees in total that determine areas of distinction in Hungarikum at the local, regional and national level. 

Hungarian pálinka is Hungary's 1st and most recognized Hungarikum.

... the lovely Hungarian Vizsla dog is also one.

  • Hungarian vizsla
  • Hungarian vizsla in back of a car
  • Hungarian vizsla on couch
  • Hungarian vizsla sleeping
  • Hungarian vizsla puppy sleeping

For another example, classical Hungarian saber fencing is unique to Hungary. János Kurti, who invented a way to repair faulty magnetic data storage media and archive its data, is noted for being the first to do this.  In the food and beverage realm, there is the famous Hungarian goulash soup and, of course, pálinka is distinct in this area, as well.  These are just a few of Hungary’s “claims to fame” and distinct from other nations and cultures. 

Hungarian Inventions and Achievements

Hungary has made an impact on the world with a number of interesting innovations. Some of these include

1928 Hungary -  aviation engineer Oszkár Asbóth and his team
Oszkár Asbóth and team with the helicopter prototype that took off and landed successfully at least 182 times.

The Helicopter. 

While many others were working on this at one time, in 1928 Hungarian Oszkár Asboth is credited with inventing one of the first. 

The Ford Model T.  

While Henry Ford is recognized for inventing the assembly line method of building automobiles, it was Hungarian-American Anyos Jedlik who designed the Model T, as well as being a co-developer of the assembly line.

Ányos Jedlik

Color TV.  

Peter Károly Goldmark invented this technological game-changer in 1940.


This rudimentary computer language was co-invented by Janos Kemeny in 1964.


The process of creating 3D images was created by Denes Gabor who won a Nobel Prize in Physics for this in 1971. 

Nobel Prize Winners

Nobel Prizes have gone to 12 Hungarians.  In fact, Hungary has one of the highest Noble Prize Winners per capita... if not THE highest.

Joseph Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prize

This famous award in journalism was founded after its namesake, Joseph Pulitzer who was Hungarian. 

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