Armenians in Hungary

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Armenians in Hungary
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3,500,[1] 6,000,[2] 15,000,[3] 30,000[4]
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Armenians in Hungary (Hungarian: Örmények) are ethnic Armenians living in the modern Hungary.


The first Armenians to reach Hungary presumably came from the Balkans in the 10–11th century.[5] 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)[citation needed]. 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).

Present day[edit]

Most modern Armenians in Hungary have immigrated to the country after the dissolution of the USSR. Estimates of Armenians in Hungary 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.

Notable Hungarians of Armenian heritage[edit]

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