Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to Canada to start a new life. They come with many different skills and the hope of contributing to their new society.

If you are reading this website, you may be interested in finding out more about Hungarians, where they come from and what life is like in their original home. Perhaps you are getting to know a Hungarian family as part of the HOST Program, learning about Hungary in school or working with Hungarians who have recently settled in Canada. This website will introduce you to Hungary and its rich and vibrant culture.

Although it is helpful to know a little bit of the background of your Hungarian friends, what they will most appreciate is your offer of time and friendship. Canada will seem strange to Hungarians in many ways, but many things are the same in the two cultures. Your new friends will have many of the same questions that you might have if you moved to a new city or town. They will wonder where they will find a job, which schools their children will attend and what their new community will be like.

Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Hungary.

 Did you know?
Almost 5 million Hungarians live outside Hungary. Over 160,000 Hungarians have made Canada their home. Well-known Hungarian-Canadians include John Polanyi, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry; Peter Munk, head of the construction and development firm Trizec; and Dora Pedery-Hunt, sculptor and member of the Order of Canada.