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Hungary
Capital:
Budapest
Population:
10,032,375 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Hungary was part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I. The country fell under Communist rule following World War II. In 1956, a revolt and announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos KADAR in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing so-called "goulash Communism." Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.
Government type:
parliamentary democracy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $139.8 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
1.6 million (2002)
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