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Armenians in Hungary

Armenians in Hungary
Total population
3,500,[1] 6,000,[2] 15,000,[3] 30,000[4]
Regions with significant populations
Armenian, Hungarian
Armenian Apostolic, Armenian Catholic
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Armenians in Hungary (Hungarian: Örmények) are ethnic Armenians living in the modern Hungary. Estimates range from 3,500[1] to 30,000[4] living in the nation today, making up roughly 0.01% of the population. Approximately, two thirds of Hungary's Armenians population is found in Budapest and the surrounding Pest county. Armenians in Hungary have established 31 "self-governments" and roughly half of them speak Armenian as their mother tongue.[1] The Armenian Catholic Priesthood has existed in Hungary since 1924 and hosts a number of cultural programs, as does the Armenian Cultural and Information Centre in Budapest. The first Armenians to reach Hungary presumably came from the Balkans in the 10–11th century.[5] Most modern Armenians in Hungary have immigrated to the country after the dissolution of the USSR.

Armenians were present from early on in Hungary (then Kingdom of Hungary), clearly attested in a document issued by Hungarian King Ladislaus IV the Cuman (late 13th century). Here, they were even allowed to found their own trading towns, the most notable one being Szamosújvár (today Gherla, Romania) called Armenopolis/Armenierstadt or Hayakaghak (Հայաքաղաք).

Notable Hungarians of Armenian heritage

See also


  1. ^ a b c EUROPA - Education and Training - Regional and minority languages - Euromosaïc study
  2. ^ (Armenian) Հունգարիայում այժմ բնակվում է մոտ 6000 հայ. 3500-ն ունեն քաղաքացիություն in Armenians Today
  4. ^ a b (French) Généralités
  5. ^ Józsa Hévizi, Thomas J. DeKornfeld, Helen Hiltabidle, Helen Dilworth DeKornfeld, Autonomies in Hungary and Europe: a comparative study, Corvinus Society, 2005 [1]
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