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The first Armenians to reach Hungary presumably came from the Balkans in the 10–11th century. 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).
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 to 30,000 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. 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
- General Ernő Kiss (1799–1849), one of the main figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, and one of the 13 Martyrs of Arad
- General Vilmos Lázár (1817–1849) another one of the main figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, and also one of the 13 Martyrs of Arad
- General János Czetz (1822–1904), a prominent Hungarian freedom fighter, chief-of-staff of Hungarian army
- Ferenc Szálasi (1897–1946) leader of the National Socialist Arrow Cross Party Hungarist Movement
- Gábor Agárdy (born Gábor Arklian) notable actor, "actor of the nation" (the highest civil rank and honor, an actor can have in Hungary)
- Zoltán Nuridsány (1925-1974), painter.
- Erika Marozsán (1972) Hungarian actress. Her father is Armenian, despite this, the whole family writes their name in a slightly magyarized form.
- Tigran Vardanjan (born 1989), figure skater, Hungarian national champion IN 2007-2009.
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- (in Armenian) Հունգարիայում այժմ բնակվում է մոտ 6000 հայ. 3500-ն ունեն քաղաքացիություն Archived May 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. in Armenians Today
- (in Armenian) ՀՈՒՆԳԱՐԱՀԱՅ ՀԱՄԱՅՆՔ. ԱՆՑՅԱԼԸ ԵՎ ՆԵՐԿԱՆ in noravank.am
- (in French) Généralités Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Hévizi, Józsa; DeKornfeld, Thomas J.; Hiltabidle, Helen; DeKornfeld, Helen Dilworth (2005). Autonomies in Hungary and Europe: a comparative study. Corvinus Society. ISBN 978-1882785179.