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Budapest University Renamed After Milton Friedman

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:26
Budapest’s Zsigmond Király University will be renamed Milton Friedman University in honour of the Nobel-winning 20th century economist, the university said. Its new manager, the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), said it wants to turn the university into a leading institution providing education to support economic research in Hungary.

Hungary’s Government Agrees With Tusk’s View That Mandatory Quota Divisive, Ineffective

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:06
The Hungarian government agrees with European Council President Donald Tusk that the European Union’s mandatory quota for refugees is “a divisive and ineffective way to handle the migration crisis”, the Hungarian government office chief said at his weekly press conference on Thursday.

Hungarians Prefer Local Wines For Christmas

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:00
Supermarket chains operating in Hungary expect a growth in revenues from wine sales of 5-7% this year. According to statistics, Hungarians prefer local quality wines rather than imported ones, business daily Világgazdaság reported.

Pannonhalmaʼs Benedictines Enter Hotel Business

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:00
A 300-year-old building complex that is part of the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northwest Hungary, is to be expanded into a four-star hotel through an investment of HUF 5 billion. The government will support the project with a HUF 2.95 bln grant.

Ombudsman Requests Assessment Of Child-Care Services

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 10:54
Ombudsman László Székely has requested an assessment of child-care services and the introduction of alternative measures from Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog in response to a recent survey showing that every third child taken into care is deprived of a family upbringing due to their family’s financial constraints.

Hungary Not Ready For Euro, Lázár Says

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 10:52
Hungary is not ready to adopt the euro, Prime Minister’s Office head János Lázár told reporters on Thursday.

More Swimming Medals In Copenhagen

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 10:30
Péter Bernek won the gold medal and Gergely Gyurta the bronze in the 400-metres medley on the second day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen on Thursday.

Now On: 'Advent & Christmas Fair 2017' @ Vörösmarty Square

XPatLoop.com - Fri, 2017-12-15 10:06
From the organisers: The Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair awaits its visitors with a rich gastronomy selection, a jury-selected array of handicrafts and applied arts products, as well as festive events from 10 November to 31 December 2017 on Vörösmarty Square, one of the most beautiful main squares in the capital.

See What Happened @ Simon Skottowe Advent Party

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 16:00
November 30th saw the annual Advent Party at Simon Skottowe Bespoke Tailors, one of district V's best kept secrets. A London trained bespoke tailor Simon worked in Milan before opening his own business in Budapest fifteen years ago.

World - Famous Soloists & Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra, Budapest, 16 December

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 15:00
World-famous soloists appear on the stage of MOM Cultural Centre with Junior Prima award-winning Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra. The ensemble has invited such passionate guest-artist as Giovanni Guzzo, Maxim Rysanov, Kirill Troussov, as well as the Ulucan sisters: Aysen and Birsen and their brother: Özcan Ulucan – all of these musicians rank among the best. Besides the popular pieces of classical music, the audience will be participating in exciting world premières, too.

Lucky New Year Brunch @ Corinthia Hotel Budapest

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 14:00
We are starting off 2018 as we mean to go on with a brunch of heart and body-warming classics like the traditional Hungarian lentil soup, crispy stuffed pork pancetta and creations from our omelette station.

Steve 'n' Seagulls, Barba Negra Music Club, 14 December

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 12:00
This Finnish country band plays bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs. The band became well known in the summer of 2014 with videos on YouTube, especially popular was the band's version of "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC which received over 50 million views.

British Embassy Budapest: Q&A for British Citizens In Hungary

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 10:22
If you have any questions about your status as a British national residing in Hungary after the UK leaves the EU join us on the UK in Hungary Facebook page next Tuesday.

Many Small Children Have A Laptop

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 10:20
Some 35% of youths under 20 years of age have their own TV set, 43% own a computer or laptop and 73% possess a tablet, a survey of 2,000 young people, conducted by pollster Kutatpont, has revealed.

2017 ‘Record Year’ For Hungarian Diplomacy

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 10:20
In his report to parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó described 2017 as a “record year” for Hungarian diplomacy, noting that Hungary had been visited by the prime ministers of Israel and China as well as the Egyptian president. Further, the leaders of 16 countries were in Hungary at the same time for last month’s CEE-China summit, he added.

Consulate In Ukraine Warns Travellers

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 10:17
Hungary’s consulate general in Uzhgorod is warning tourist groups bound for Ukraine to be extra cautious and circumspect of attacks on foreign tourist buses.

Hungary’s Gas Supply Is Assured

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 10:13
Hungary’s supply of natural gas has not been endangered by the gas explosion in Austria. The country’s daily natural gas requirements can be continued to be met smoothly using natural gas imported via Ukraine, gas stored in underground gas storage facilities and Hungary’s own natural gas production.

Hungarian Diplomats Involved In Catholic Aid To Middle East

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 10:05
Hungarian diplomats accredited to Poland have collected and put together about 50 aid parcels to be dispatched to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan by the international pastoral aid organisation Church in Need.

Xpat Xmas: 'Letters To Santa Kids Event', 22 December

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:23
This annual Christmas initiative by a local expat church brings together good folks from the international community to add a bit of magic to the lives of children living in 'deprived areas of Budapest'. You can experience the joy of giving by becoming an Elf for an afternoon, a reindeer told us the British Ambassador is lending a helping hand, read on for how you can get involved.

'Festival Of Nine Lessons & Carols' In Budapest, 15 December

XPatLoop.com - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:21
This 'Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols' was popularized at King’s College, Cambridge, by the then Dean Eric Milner-White in the early part of the twentieth century. The music at the very first service in Cambridge in 1918 was directed by Arthur Henry Mann. The service was first broadcast by the BBC in 1928.

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