|Hungarian flag-inspired image by JaguarJulie|
An incredible amount of time and work went into composing this article. So much research, you wouldn't believe it. And effort to organize the sites with Hungarian information was colossal.
In May 2004, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of traveling to Hungary and Romania to trace my roots to see my grandfather's birth city. That is my inspiration for this particular lens about Made in Hungary.
When a person thinks of Hungary, probably the first thing that pops into his or her mind is goulash. But, when you think about Hungary, it's really not just goulash, it is so much more! How appropriate that the term goulash in English is occasionally used to mean any mixture of diverse things. That's what this lens is also about ... a goulash of diverse things 'made in Hungary!'
By the way, the significance of this page to Squidoo lensmasters? Oh, simple! This was one of my first instances of writing in a series of related topics! In March 2006 I initiated the "Made in" series of lenses to celebrate all that is Eastern European. To celebrate my heritage.
Made in Hungary: You may be surprised at all the "things" to be found that are made in Hungary!
By the way, YOU may be surprised. Check out my "Made in" series of pages. Made in Bulgaria, Made in Czech Republic, Made in Hungary , Made in Poland, and Made in Romania.
Made in Hungary Poll
Please answer our question on Made in Hungary. Giving you a flavor of Hungary, which is your favorite Made in Hungary food?
- Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Hungarian Goulash
- Hungarian Chicken and/or Veal Paprikas
- Hungarian Spaetzle
- Hungarian Pastries and Desserts : poppy seed roll, nut roll, butter horns, kifli
- I love all Hungarian and Made in Hungary food products!
A Lot of Research
This article has been a "labor of love" as I put a lot of passion into writing and compiling the data and hope you will find lots of helpful information if you are planning a trip to Hungary or want to buy something that is "made in Hungary."
"Made in Hungary," quickly became part of my trilogy of "made in" articles when I next wrote a similar article about all the designer brands that are "made in Romania." I quickly followed up those two made in lenses with my trilogy "Made in Poland" lens along with three different groups, Everything Eastern European, Everything Hungarian, and Everything Romanian!
In addition, I've written 2 additional "made in" articles: "Made in Bulgaria" and "Made in Czech Republic." I hope you are able to take some time to check out all my "made in" articles as they are jam-packed with a diversity of information sure to amaze you! You won't believe all the wonderful, recognizable designer brands which are made in Eastern European countries!
A Pictorial of Old Hungary
Setting the mood for this "Made in Hungary" page. A few years ago, I incorporated a visit to three cemeteries in Satu-Mare, Romania, and one cemetery in Budapest, Hungary to photograph headstones while tracing my families history. I could honestly do more vacations like this.
These pictures are of old Hungary, Szatmar-Nemeti, which is known today as Satu Mare, Romania. I've included them as an introduction to my page so that you can get in the mood for "made in Hungary!" I took these pictures when we traveled to Hungary and Romania in May, 2004. What an incredible experience this was and I'm happy to share my pictures with you. I hope you enjoy.
Check out my Flickr photo slideshows:
* Nagy Hungarian Monuments slideshow on Flickr.
* Satu Mare, Romania slideshow on Flickr.
* Satu Mare Historical Postcards slideshow on Flickr.
"Made in Hungary" Name Brands
I'll bet you'd be pretty surprised to learn just how many brands are made in Hungary! I assembled the following list of branded items "made in Hungary" from active listings on eBay:
Alba, American Girl, Ann Taylor, Baumler Avantgarde, BCBG Max Azria, Benetton, Berwin & Wolff, Bogner, Bonpoint, Breckenridge, Cerruti 1881, Christian Aujard, Coach, Cornell, CRISCA Escada, Dana Buchman, DKNY, Dries Van Noten, Earl Jean, Escada, Faconnable, Feraud, Harve Benard by Bernard Holtzman, Hess Frackmann, Innocence, International Scene, J. Crew, Josef Seibel, Kishi, Lacoste, Lanz of Salzburg, LaMax Alba, Laura Ashley, Laurel, Levi, Liz Claiborne, LL Bean, Louis Feraud, Marc Jeffries Bronze Collection, Margaret Godfrey, Mark Henri, Marni, Mondi, Oilily, Pez, Pleasant Company, Polo, Portland, Puma, Rene Lezard, Rockport Dresports, Rodier, Sonia Rykiel, Stafford, Stanley Blacker, Stella McCartney, Strenesse, Theo Miles, Thierry Mugler for Mugler Trademark, Think!, Vass, Zippo, and Zodiac.
Oh, and don't forget that the Audi TT is made in Hungary as well.
"Made in Hungary" found on eBay
It's not just Goulash!
On a rainy Saturday, I sat at my computer browsing the some 1313 items found on eBay for "Made in Hungary." What I found was the "expected" collectibles, pottery, embroidery, and gypsy music. But, to my amazement, there were many items I'd call "unexpected."
The listings reflect a "goulash" of items: Collectibles (390), Pez, Keychains, Promo Glasses (317), Housewares & Kitchenware (11), Decorative Collectibles (8), Music (201), Records (140), CDs (56), Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop (184), Cards (183), Pottery & Glass (119), Clothing, Shoes & Accessories (108), DVDs & Movies (98), Home & Garden (86), Toys & Hobbies (38), Consumer Electronics (13), Dolls & Bears (13), Crafts (10), Books (9), Antiques (8), eBay Motors (8), Health & Beauty (8), Jewelry & Watches (8), Live Auctions (7), Sporting Goods (6), Business & Industrial (2), Computers & Networking (2), Musical Instruments (2), Cameras & Photo (1), Cell Phones (1).
Searching on Google for "Made in Hungary," you will get about 94,000 results. For Hungarian goulash you get about 352,000; Goulash = 2,240,000 and Hungarian = 126,000,000.
The Expected Finds on eBay
- Coat of Arms Pin
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Coat of Arms Pin.
- Rubic Cube
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Rubic Cube.
- Gypsy Music
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Gypsy Music.
- Bride and Groom Dolls
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Bride and Groom Dolls.
- Embroidered Peasant Blouse
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Embroidered Peasant Blouse.
- Josef Seibel Shoes
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Josef Seibel Shoes.
- Hermann Beyer Bass
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Hermann Beyer Bass.
- Herend Fishnet Bunny
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Herend Fishnet Bunny.
- Zsolnay Vase
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Zsolnay Vase.
- Kermit Pez
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Kermit Pez Dispensers.
- Hemp Cord
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Hemp Cord.
- Leather Tissue Case
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Leather Tissue Case.
- Coach Handbag
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Coach Handbag.
- Laura Ashley Sundress
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Laura Ashley Sundress.
- Rockport Men's Shoes
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Rockport Men's Shoes.
- Calvin Klein Leather Jacket
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Calvin Klein Leather Jacket.
- Tungsram Tubes
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Tungsram Tubes.
- Thomas the Tank Car Clock
Check out eBay to see if you can find: Thomas the Tank Car Clock.
More About Hungary
Hungary is a landlocked country. It had been a seaside country before the Treaty of Trianon, in Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. It is known locally as the Country of the Magyars.
In the time of the Roman Empire, the Romans called the region Pannonia (west from the Danube river). After Rome fell under the Germanic tribes migration and Carpians' pressure, the Migration Period continued bringing many invaders. First came the Huns, who built up a powerful empire under Attila.
The name "Hungary" may be influenced by the name of the Hun people, although it probably comes from the name of a later, 7th century Turkic alliance called Onogur. After the Hunnish rule faded, the other Germanic tribes Lombards and Gepids ruled in Pannonia for about 100 years, during which the Slavic tribes also began migrating south.
In the 560s, these were supplanted by the Avars who would maintain their supremacy of the land for over two centuries. The Franks under Charlemagne from the west and the Bulgars from the southeast finally managed to overthrow the Avars in the early 9th century. Soon after, the Franks retreated, and the Slavonic kingdom of Great Moravia and the Balaton Principality controlled much of Pannonia until the end of the century. Finally, the Magyars migrated to Hungary in the late 9th century.
The country of Hungary isn't very big geographically; some 107 Hungaries would fit inside Canada. It has 111 people per sq. kilometer which is much higher than Canada at 3.1.
The climate and weather of Hungary is quite similar to that of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Hungary enjoys lots of fresh produce in summer from fruits and vegetables to wheat crops.
CIA Fact Book on Hungary
Find these facts and more about Hungary at: CIA Fact Book on Hungary
- Area: 93,034 sq. km.
- Size: slightly smaller than Indiana.
- Population: 10,006,835 (July 2005 estimate).
- GDP: 68.9 billion Euro.
- GDP growth: 3.5% ~ Hungary's GDP growth rate is steadily 2% higher than the EU average.
- Inflation: approximately 4.7%.
- Age structure: 0-14 years: 15.8% (male 813,203/female 769,687); 15-64 years: 69.1% (male 3,405,559/female 3,511,141); 65 years and over: 15.1% (male 547,323/female 959,922) 2005 estimate.
- Ethnic: Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8% (2001 census).
- Natural resources: bauxite, coal, natural gas, fertile soils, arable land.
- Agriculture: wheat, corn, sunflower seed, potatoes, sugar beets; pigs, cattle, poultry, dairy products.
- Industries: mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles.
- Exports: $61.75 billion f.o.b. (2005 est.) -- ranked #38 of countries worldwide.
- Export partners: Germany 31.4%, Austria 6.8%, France 5.7%, Italy 5.6%, UK 5.1% (2004).
- Currency/exchange: forints per US dollar - 196.83 (2005).
- Internet users: 1.6 million (2002).
The Hungarian Language
A Finno-Ugric Language: The Hungarian name for the language is magyar. The Hungarian language is a Finno-Ugric language spoken in Hungary and in the adjacent states of Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Austria, and Slovenia (all are countries to which Hungary had to cede territories after World War I).
There are about 14.5 million speakers, of whom 10 million live in Hungary. Approximately 1,434,377 ethnic Hungarians (magyarok), live in Romania. The largest minority concentrations are in the Romanian region of Transylvania, including the counties of Harghita (Hargita), Mures (Maros), and Covasna. Learn more about the beautiful language of the magyars.
Hungarian Gypsies - Ethnic Minority of Hungary
- The Gypsies in Hungary
The Gypsies are Europe's most deprived and fastest growing ethnic minority. They comprise several distinct tribes originating from Central and North-Western India between the 5th and 12th centuries.
- Hungarian Gypsy Music: Whose Heritage?
The Hungarian instrumental dance music of the early 19th century--so-called "verbunkos" music--along with Hungarian popular songs.
- Golden Age of Gypsy Bands
In the second half of the nineteenth century, the word 'Gypsy' as used in Hungary and abroad most probably referred to Hungarian Gypsy musicians rather than to the Gypsy ethnic group in general.
- Hungarian-Speaking Gypsies
Each tribe had its own occupation and spoke a separate language or dialect of Romany (the original Gypsy tongue). Hungarian-speaking Gypsies, or Romungros who were among the first to come to Hungary centuries ago, produced bricks and did other work.
- Ellis Island Foundation ~ The Status of Liberty
Trace your roots by searching passenger arrival records.
- Hungarian American Association of Washington
The office website of the Hungarian American Association of Washington.
- Hungarian American Foundation
The official organization, Hungarian American Foundation.
- Hungarian Embassy Homepage
Get the official word from the Hungarian Embassy Homepage.
- Hungarian Manhattan Network
Live in NYC? Check out Hungarian Manhattan Network!
- Hungarian New York House
Calling all you magyars; check out the Hungarian New York House.
- Hungarian Cuisine
More authentic Hungarian cuisine.
- Hungarian Horticulture
Everything you'd want to know about Hungarian Horticulture.
- Hungarian Wines
The wines of Hungary are actually quite good!
Hungarian Governmental/Official Sites
- Hungarian Airforce
An interesting website to check out, the Hungarian Airforce.
- Hungarian Homepage
The Official "Hungarian" Homepage.
- Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Get official information from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Hungary ~ U.S. Dept. of State Consular Information
An important site to check out before you leave the United States.
Hungarian Historical Genealogical Info
- Hungary After a Thousand Years
Download a page 336-page PDF of the History of Hungary, "Hungary After a Thousand Years;" edited by Andrew Simon, 2000.
- Hungary GenWeb
Trace your roots at the Hungary GenWeb.
- Hungarian Images and Historical Background
Historical background on many Hungarian images.
- Hungarian Maps and Shields
Historical information about maps and shields of Hungary.
Hungarian Info Lists of Lists
- Bookstore Hungary
An awesome list of lists ~ Bookstore Hungary!
- Hungarian Internet Resources List
A list of Hungarian internet resources.
- Hungarian Links ~ Bob Better's World
Are you curious at all about who is Bob Better?
- Hungarian Society/Ethnicity Google List
A great Google list of Hungarian society / ethnicity.
- Hungarian Bookstore
Hungarian Bookstore: Books, DVDs, Music, News.
- Hungarian Contemporary Literature
Check out the Hungarian contribution to contemporary literature.
- Hungarian English Dictionary
What a helpful website for the Hungarian English Dictionary.
- Hungarian Newspapers
Are you curious about Hungarian newspapers?
- Hungarian Old Fairy Tales
I remember my grandma and grandpa telling me Hungarian fairy tales!
- Hungarian Photography
Hungary is a beautiful country to photograph!
- Alkaloids ex Poppy
Manufacture of alkaloids from the poppy plant in Hungary
- Audi Assembly Line
New Audi Assembly Line in GyÃ´r Invests USD 8.6 Million.
- Brands Challenge
Hungary's brand new challenge: New-look Hungarian brands.
- Clothing and Textiles
HungaroTex is the marketplace of Hungarian clothing and textile companies.
- Investing in Hungary
"SMART" Investing in Hungary.
- Real Estate
Download a 25-page PDF of a 2006 report on the real estate in Hungary!
- Hungarian Bird Watching
There are quite a variety of birds to observe in Hungary, including swans!
- Hungarian Catholic Church
If you visit Hungary, you'll find out the importannce of the Hungarian Catholic Church and other churches.
- Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix
Are you a fan of auto racing? Check out the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.
- Budapest Museum of Photography
Exhibition from the Budapest Museum of Photography.
- Hungarian Heritage Museum Cleveland
There is a quite a large community of Hungarians in Cleveland.
- Hungarian Museums
Check out the "rich in history" Hungarian Museum.
- Hungarian Natural History Museum
The official website of the Hungarian Natural History Museum.
- Hungarian Composers
Much information on Hungarian composers; it's classical culture!
- Hungarian Music Page
Check out the "rich in history" Hungarian Museum.
- Hungarian Radio
Growing up in Cleveland, I remember my grandparents were always tuned in on Sunday mornings to Hungarian radio!
- Hungarian Academy of Sciences
The official website of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Official.
- Hungarian Inventions
Curious about Hungarian inventions? You'll be pleasantly surprised.
- Hungarian Patent Office
Get information and news about Hungarian patents.
- Hungarian Convention Bureau
This is a MOST interesting site to visit, the Hungarian Convention Bureau.
- Hungarian National Tourist Office
The official website of the Hungarian National Tourist Office.
- Hungarian National Tourist Office New York
Contact the Hungarian National Tourist Office in New York.
- Hungary Blue Danube Discovery
Book a cruise on the Blue Danube River.
- Hungarian Flights
Book flights to Hungary.
- Hungarian Hostels
Get information about the Hungarian youth hostels.
- Hungarian Travel by Backpack ~ Canuck Tips
Get Canuck Tips for special deals on backpacking vacations.
- Hungarian Travel for Less
Find out tips on traveling to Hungary for less money.
- Hungarian Travel ~ Google
Google has many links of interest for booking Hungarian travel.
- Hungarian Travel Royal Coach
Contact Royal Coach for Hungarian travel info.
- Hungarian Vacations ~ Yahoo
Check out Yahoo's index on travel links for Hungarian vacations.
- Hungarian Village Finder and Gazetteer
A Hungarian village finder and gazetteer for the Kingdom of Hungary.
Thanks for visiting!
We hope that you found all that you were looking for at Made In Hungary, a very special flagship type of page for me. You see, I come from a family of Eastern Europeans who can trace their heritage into parts of Hungary and the Austro-Hungarian Empire along with other points of interest on the continent of Europe.
I love that we can connect through the internet to share ideas and to even locate relatives who have found our family trees.
So, do you love Hungary? Are you Hungarian or know someone who is - aside from Zsa Zsa or Eva Gabor. Do you have something that is made in Hungary? Better take a moment and check that label as you just never know where something is made these days.
Have you actually visited Hungary? Do you love Hungarian foods?
History: Made in Hungary: Not Just Goulash was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on March 30, 2006. Highest lensrank ever achieved: #295 overall. Lens #3 in the quest for Giant Squid 100 Club Charter Member 2007.