What would you like the youth of America to know?

President Áder has instructed me to inform you that he is especially proud of the creativity and inventiveness of Hungarians and our country's contribution to the great scientific discoveries of the 20th century.

He would want to call your attention to the fact that Hungary belongs to the nations with the highest ratio of Nobel Prize winners to their population. It is an achievement that all Hungarians are pleased to mention and which can be traced back to a well focused education and a general openness to outside influences. In fact, Hungary has always been at the crossroads of various types of European effects that could be devastating at times of war, but could bring remarkable intellectual enrichment at times of peace.

What they sent me:
Hungary's letter was beautiful and came in two elegant envelopes with embossed seals; it reminded me of a wedding invitation. I find it so interesting when a president is called "His Excellency," something we just don't do in America.

I adore how Hungary's letter ended: "Let us all hope that both our countries will continue to live in peace, prosperity and mutual understanding."

The letter was written by Ambassador László Szõke, the Director of Foreign Affairs, who kindly shared his own story with me: "I made up my mind to become a diplomat 40 years ago, and I still consider that decision one of the best ones I have ever made. So, it is with hope and enthusiasm that I wish you every success in preparing for the diplomatic profession."

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A landlocked country in central Europe about the size of Indiana, its borders with 8 different countries have put Hungary in the middle of many conflicts throughout the years. Although the first Hungarian state was formed in 895, the territory was subsequently invaded by the Mongols, the Ottoman Empire, the Turks, the Habsburgs, the Russians, and then the Soviets. In 1989, Hungary was officially declared a republic, and the last Soviet troops left in 1991. Through it all, Hungary never lost sight of the importance of science and education, and is the home of an astounding 18 Nobel Prize winners.

Although Hungary is landlocked, it is still a land of water, with the largest lake in Europe, many rivers, and over 1,000 thermal springs. The capital city Budapest is actually divided by the Danube River into Buda on one side and Pest on the other. The land is covered by rolling grasslands that hide thousands of miles of limestone caves.

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Official Name

Parliamentary Democracy

Current Leader
János Áder

• Áder is a lawyer; his wife is a judge

• He loves to fish

• In college he worked in a chicken-packing plant to help make ends meet

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