Hungary Country Profile

For more details visit Hungary Passport Ranking
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  • Passport Ranking
  • Passport Score
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Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    No provisions
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    8 years
  • Physical presence requirement
    On average, 9 months a year. Also, cannot leave for longer than 6 months at a time
  • Language test
    Yes, Hungarian
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    3 years / 3 years
    Must be both married and reside in the country for 3 years.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    10 years
    Must be married for 10 years if residing abroad (5 years in case of a common child).
  • Language test
    Yes, spoken Hungarian
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    3 years
    May apply immediately after having a child with a Hungarian citizen, assuming you have resided in Hungary for 3 years. If living abroad and having a common child, may apply after 5 years of marriage.
  • Citizens of specific countries
    No provisions
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
Visas and Residencies
Visas and Residencies
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
A citizen of a country practicing CITIZENSHIP-BASED taxation generally pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income, regardless of where they reside. The only way to get rid of a tax residency status in such a country is by renouncing citizenship.

Personal income tax is a flat 15%. Corporate taxation is a flat 9%. Hungarian citizens who move abroad continue to be taxed by Hungarian government UNLESS they are dual nationals, in which case, residence-based taxation applies. Also, if a citizen moves to a country with a tax treaty with Hungary, treaty provisions may override the domestic rule.
Hungary is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), allowing its citizens to live and work in any other EEA country, plus Switzerland. (The EEA consists of 27 European Union countries plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.)
Schiff Sovereign's Take on Hungary
While we usually are not big fans of such comparisons, we do believe that Budapest is the Paris of Eastern Europe... at a 60% discount, making it one of the least expensive places in the European Union. 

It is a magnificent and highly livable city. So livable in fact, that one of Sovereign Man’s friends relocated  from London to Budapest just a few years ago.

The city was one of two capitals of the Austro-Hungarian empire (the other being Viena), and hence it still feels like an imperial capital.

It has a number of gorgeous monuments, with architecture that harks back to a long-gone era. The Soviets left Hungary largely untouched, so it has retained much of its Old World charm.

That charm – and its rich cultural diversity – make Hungary highly appealing from a lifestyle perspective.

In addition, Hungary is home to a very popular Citizenship By Ancestry program, allowing you to become Hungarian without ever visiting the country. Definitely investigate this program if you have any Hungarian roots.

At the same time, we have to highlight that Hungary is probably not a place we would go to try and start a new business, or structure an existing one. There’s a degree of corruption and some political issues that thwart the government’s good intentions.

If you're a digital nomad, it’s a different story. Budapest is very popular among the digital nomad crowd, thanks to its low cost of living and excellent internet connectivity.

You can live well in Hungary and not spend a lot of money. Just keep in mind that the country is landlocked, so you won't get the benefit of a mild Mediterranean climate that nearby Croatia or Montenegro enjoy. Still, Croatia’s magnificent coast is situated only a five-hour drive from Budapest.

Also… an unpleasant surprise came a few years ago, when the country switched to citizenship-based taxation. This change meant that Hungarian citizens will now continue being taxed on their worldwide income, even if they won't live in the country.

Luckily, there are many ways to avoid this atrocity; for example, being a dual citizen is one of the legal ways out…
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Service Providers available in Hungary
  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
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Hungary Overview
  • Region
  • Capital City
  • Largest City
  • Currency
    Hungarian forint
  • Languages
  • Population
    9.7 million (92nd)
  • Life Expectancy
    77.2 years (89th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $184.7 billion (58th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $19,058 (61st)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Inexpensive (3/7)
  • Climate
    Comfortable (2/5)
  • Safety
    Very Safe (2/7)
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    High (2/5)

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