Customs in Hungary

Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, spoken by over 98% of the population.

The currency used in Hungary is the Forint (HUF) - Ft

Family is a very important part of Hungarian culture; extended families often live together under the same roof. Grandparents often play a big role in raising their grandchildren.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

Greeting should be formal with a quick firm handshake.

If invited to a Hungarian home for dinner, do not be late and bring flowers or chocolates. If you bring flowers, avoid chrysanthemums, lilies and red roses. Be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the home.

Wait to begin eating until after your hostess starts. The guest usually gives the first toast to everyone's health. Be sure and try everything that has been prepared, and when you get full, leave just a little bit of food on your plate.

When it comes to gratuity, tipping is accepted and appreciated in Hungary.
• Restaurants: tip your server 10% for satisfactory service. If your service was exceptional, tip 15%.
• Taxis: Drivers expect around 10%
• Porters and Bellhops: 300-400 HUF per bag
• Hotel housekeeping: 300-400 HUF per night

Customs and Etiquette in Business

Men should dress in dark suits with a white shirt and tie. Women should wear conservative dresses or business suits and accessorize with tasteful jewelry.

Appointments are necessary and should be made in writing at least 2 weeks prior. Initial meetings are normally held to get to know new business associates and establish the relationship for future business.

Make sure your business cards are printed in Hungarian on one side. List degrees and your company's founding date.


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